In Port Orange, Florida, The Last Resort pays homage to one of its more famous clientele, serial killer Aileen Wuornos, because this is the place where she had her last beer before being taken away. The extent to the dedication includes a photo on the bar, bottles of hot sauce and T-shirts sold there, and an airbrushed portrait lists the seven men she killed along with her last words. At a nearby motel, guests often ask for the room where Wuornos stayed. It has been 10 years since her execution and 22 years since her arrest from this her last place.
In 2003, her story was immortalized in the hitchhiking prostitute depicted by Charlize Theron in the movie “Monster” and continues to draw fascination, sympathy, and captivates the public. Some people who come to the bar want to see the bar from the movie. Her story began as a child when she was raped and abused in Michigan, her father committing suicide in prison, and her mother abandoning her resulting in her selling sex to make ends meet. After being shunned by classmates and her grandparents kicking her out at 15, she hitchhikes out of Michigan to Florida where she claimed she killed her first victim in self defense after being raped by a man she picked up off the highway.
The close friend who wrote and received letter from Wuornos while on death row before her execution, says that the bar is exploiting this woman for a profit which is upsetting to her. I think that regardless if this guy has or not, the fact remains is that people love a good story especially a crime of such a brutal nature as this. Even if this guy didn’t take advantage of the opportunity people would still come there but may not come there because of the fact this notorious serial killer had been there. I know quite a bit about Wuornos’ story and feel nothing but sympathy for the woman that was eventually executed as it the generally feeling from the females who visit his bar. I think it is great she is remember not as a serial killer sensationalized by the media and exploited by a movie but as a human being who has a crappy hand dealt her.