Crime Film Documentaries

Instructor: James R. Elkins

"Aileen Wuornos: The Selling Of A Serial Killer"
The 1992 Interviews (1992)

[1 hr. 27 mins.] [film by Nick Broomfield]


"Filmmaker Nick Broomfield explores the troubled life and deadly end of female killer Aileen Wuornos, the woman behind Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning role for Best Actress in "Monster." Filmed after Wuornos was imprisoned but before she was put to death, the documentary highlights the media blitz surrounding her case, culminating in interviews with Wuornos as well as her lawyer, her lover and her adoptive mother." ~Netflix




Legal Proceedings: 644 So.2d 1000 (Fla. (1994)(direct appeal to Florida Supreme Court)[Answer Brief of Appellee, State of Florida, 1994]; 514 U.S. 1069 (United States Supreme Court, Petition for Writ of Certiorari)(denied); 676 So. 2d 972 (direct appeal to Florida Supreme Court)(court affirmed convictions and sentence to death); 519 U.S. 968 (United States Supreme Court, petition for writ of certiorari)(denied)

Brief of Appellant, Aileen C. Wuornos [2001]
[Wuornos v. State of Florida, Sup.Ct. Florida, appeal from the trial court's denial of Wuornos's motion for postconviction relief][Answer Brief of the Appellee, State of Florida]

Aileen Wuornos: Case Summary
[Commission on Capital Cases; summary of the legal proceedings]

Aileen Wuornos - The Post-Trial Period

A Second Nick Broofield film on the Aileen Wuornos Case: "Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer" (2003) [1 hr. 29 mins.] [film by Nick Broomfield & Joan Churchill]


"British documentarian Nick Broomfield trains his lens on infamous serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who began her murder spree in 1992. A highway prostitute at the age of 13, Wuornos was convicted of killing six semi-truck drivers who she insisted tried to rape her. After being convicted of murder, Wuornos was eventually executed in Florida in 2002. She was the 10th woman ever to be executed in the United States." ~ Netflix





Internet Movie Database


Aileen Wuornos (wtih Christopher Berry-Dee), Monster: My True Story (London: John Blake Pub., 2004)

____________, Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words (Berkeley, California: Soft Skull Press, 2012)

Bruce A. Arrigo & Stacey L. Shipley, The Female Homicide Offender: Serial Murder and the Case of Aileen Wuornos (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004)

Michael Reynolds, Dead Ends: The Pursuit, Conviction and Execution of Female Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos, The Damsel of Death (New York: Macmillan/St. Martin's, 2003)

Sue Russell, Lethal Intent: The Shocking True Story of One of America's Most Notorious Female Serial Killers ( Kensington Publishing Corporation/Pinnacle Books, 2002)


Kyra Pearson, The Trouble with Aileen Wuornos, Feminism's "First Serial Killer," 4 Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies 256 (2007)

Tanya Horeck, From Documentary to Drama: Capturing Aileen Wuornos, 48 (2) Screen 141 (2007)

Miriam Basilio, Corporal Evidence: Representations of Aileen Wuornos, 55 (4) Art Journal 56 (1996)

Bruce A. Arrigo & Ayanna Griffin, Serial Murder and the Case of Aileen Wuornos: Attachment Theory, Psychopathy, and Predatory Aggression, 22 Behav. Sci. Law 375 (2004)


Aileen Wuornos

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

Sexual Violence Against Women & a Woman's Right to Self-Defense: The Case of Aileen Carol Wuornos
[Phyllis Chesler, Criminal Practice Law Report, October 1993]

"Inmates ex-lawyer says he guaranteed an appeal"
[St. Petersburg Times, April 15, 2000; Steven Galzer and his representation of Aileen Wuornos]

Aileen Wuornos Claim of Self-Defense: Phyllis Chesler, A Woman's Right to Self-Defense: The Case of Aileen Carol Wuornos, 66 St. John's L. Rev. 933 (1993)

The World of Truck Stop Killers: Vanessa Veselka, The Truck Stop Killer [GQ, November, 2012]

Dramatization (Film): "Monster" (2003)(starring Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos)
[Internet Movie Database][Rotten Tomatoes][Trailer][Charlize Theron winning Best Actress for "Monster"]


Wuornos Talking with Nick Broomfield about the Killings
[5:06 mins.][excerpt from Nick Broomfield's "Life and Death of a Serial Killer" (2003)]

Aileen Wuornos Talks to Nick Broomfield
[7:04 mins.] [Interviewed by Nick Broomfield one day before her execution; taken from
the documentary "Life and Death of a Serial Killer" (2003)]
[Wuornos in an Angry Tirade] [:50 mins] [talking to Nick Broomfield]

Aileen Wuornos: Damsel of Death [10:00 mins.] Pt2 [10:00 mins.] Pt3 [10:00 mins.] Pt4 [10:00 mins.] Pt5 [2:13 mins.]
[A&E, Biography] [Aileen Wuornos: Damsel of Death :: 43:40 mins.]

Angel of Death: The Aileen Wuornos Story
[32:26 mins. ] [documentry]

Confession Tapes
[clip from the documentary"Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer" (1992)]

Steven P. Glazer
[Wuornos defense counsel; clip from the documentary
"Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer" (1992)]

Photo Montagues

Aileen Wuornos Photo Montague
[with folksinger Phranc doing the background]

Wournos family photos

Nick Broomfield (the documentary filmmaker)

Broomfield's Website

Nick Broomfield - The Interview Technique

Nick Broomfield - Early Process

Nick Broomfield Masterclass

Serial Killers

American Female Serial Killers

Something Different (Sondra London )(YouTube videos): Sondra London: On the Serial Killer She Knew Pt2 Pt3 [from the Errol Morris, "First Person" TV series] [Sondra London on Larry King Live Pt2 Pt3][Sondra London on Geraldo Pt2] [Sondra London on Philly AM Pt2 Pt3][Danny Rolling Defends Sondra Rollins][Danny Rolling Execution][Rolling Sings][Sondra London Pt2][Sondra London talks to Leeza Gibbons][Sondra London in a documentary by Robert Duncan Productions][Sondra London on "A Current Affair"][Sondra London Testimony in Serial Killer's Case on Profits from Writings][Sondra London on Court TV Pt2 Pt3]

[Sondra London Trial in a Son of Sam Case Pt2 Pt3 Pt4 Pt5 Pt6 Pt7 Pt8 Pt9 Pt10 Pt11 Pt12 Pt13 Pt14 Pt15]

Something Different (a bit more):[Students at Duquesne University and the serial killer Keith Jesperson][Meeting Jesperson][Keith JespersonWikipedia][Melissa MooreDaugher of Keith Jesperson][Melissa Moore—book trailer; Melissa Moore is the author of, Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer's Daughter][M. Bridget Cook, co-author of Shattered Silence][Melissa Moore on Dr. Phil]

Serial Killers (Documentaries and Films)

"Jason Blackwell: Interview With A Serial Killer"
[9:22 mins.][directed by Kevin D. Hill][2008 adaptation of a Vincent Brantley screenplay]

"Ultimate Crimes"
[Odeon Entertainment, featuring interviews with Charles Manson, Richard Ramirez, Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, Aum Sect Jim Jomes, Fred and Rose West, Harold Shipman, Andrei Chikatilo (Rostov Ripper), Peter Sutcliffe, John Wayne Gacey, and other serial killers]

Albert Fish

“Albert Fish” (2007): [Albert Fish Trailer]
["One of the most notorious deviants in the history of crime is profiled in H.H. Holmes director John Borowski's docudrama-style account of the reprehensible transgressions of cannibalistic child murderer and molester Albert Fish. His dark rampage fueled by distorted interpretations of Biblical tales, Fish ritualistically tortured and murdered scores of children in Depression-era New York before being arrested by authorities and executed for his crimes in 1936." ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide]

Hannibel Lecter

The Hannibal Lecter Story Pt2

Ted Bundy

Wikipedia: Ted Bundy

Films: "Biography: Ted Bundy" (2007); "NBC News Presents: Inside EvilJeffrey dahmer and Son of Sam" (2006) ["This feature-length documentary that originally aired as a pair of NBC news reports chronicles the crimes of two of the world's most notorious serial killers: Jeffrey Dahmer and David Berkowitz (aka 'the Son of Sam'). Bonus material includes never-before-seen footage from Stone Phillips's exclusive interviews with Dahmer and his father, Lionel, which offer startling new insights into the mind of a cold-blooded murderer." ~ Netflix Wikipedia]; "Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me—The Ted Bundy Story" (2005); "Ted Bundy/Dahmer/Ed Gein" (2003)

Dramatization Film: "Ted Bundy" (2001)["This biographical horror film begins in Seattle in 1974, where Ted Bundy (Michael Reilly Burke) worked as a polite crisis hotline volunteer. Little did his callers know he was secretly a sexual deviant whose desires become increasingly perverse, until they culminated in his horrific killing spree—crimes that would go unsolved for years. The film follows Bundy's murderous trial through two prison escapes and his eventual execution in Florida." ~ Netflix] [1 hr. 39 min.] [film by Matthew Bright] [Viewers forewarned: This is a disturbing film, and is not recommended for casual viewing.]

Readings: Polly Nelson, Defending the Devil: My Story as Ted Bundy's Last Lawyer (New York: William Morrow, 1994) [This is a fascinating book and I highly recommend it.]

Books: Stephen G. Michaud,, The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy (Irving, Texas: Authorlink Press, 1999); Ann Rule, The Stranger Beside Me (New York: Signet, 2008); Stephen G. Michaud & Hugh Aynesworth, Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer (Irving, Texas: Authorlink Press, 2000); Ted Bundy: The FBI Files (2007); Bonnie M. Rippo, The Professional Serial Killer and the Career of Ted Bundy: An Investigation into the Macabre Identity of the Serial Killer (New York: iUniverse, 2007); Elizabeth Kendall, The Phantom Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy (Seattle: Madrona Publishers, 1981); Steven Winn, Ted Bundy: The Killer Next Door ( New York : Bantam Books, 1979); Robert Keppel, The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer (New York: Pocket Books, 2005); Richard W. Larsen, Bundy: The Deliberate Stranger (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1980) [Wikipedia]

Conversations with a Serial Killer: Ted Bundy Pt2 Pt3
[audio files]

Ted Bundy: Serial Killer Calendar

Bundy Confession Tapes

Gerard John Shaefer

Serial Killer Schaefer Pt2 Pt3 Pt4 [from a French documentary, "Serial Killers," Antoine Baldassari, 2008][6:39 mins.]

Schaefer Soliloquy-1991-Preview Pt1 Pt2 Pt3 Pt4 Pt5 Pt6 Pt7 Pt8 Pt9 Pt10 Pt11 Pt12 Pt13 Pt14 (missing)

Killer Fiction: GJ Shaefer
[produced by Sondra London for "A Current Affair"][5 mins.]

Killer Auteur GJ Schaefer Talks to Tim Roche
[video by Sondra London at Belle Glade Prison, Florida][Cut Bait by GJ Shaefer Pt2]

Roommate talks about GJ Schaefer Pt2 Pt3
[seemingly produced by Sondra London][audio files]

Sondra London talks about GJ Schaefer Pt2 Pt3 Pt4 Pt5 Pt6 Pt7 Pt8 Pt9 Pt10 [May 3, 1990][audio files]

Justice Howard on GJ Schaefer

Earl Sneider

Interview with Earl Sneider, Serial Killer
[YouTube video, 3:13 mins.]