Face towards the sunshine…

Barbara Graham
Aileen Wuornos

Two off-beat women executed. They both managed to live a coarse life remarkable parallel.

Shunned by society, prostitution to survive and hanging with the wrong types of men! Men who took advantage of their beauty, poverty and hot desperation.

The kind of real life Noir that gets your blood boiling.  They did not need to be killed. They were falsely executed.

They were victims of a dark world. Trapped in it. A justice system intrinsically evil which profoundly betrayed them both.

Money and profits from films … was it really to tell their story?  I hope so.

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
Walt Whitman

I want to live… Actress Susan Hayward

Barbara Graham (June 26, 1923 – June 3, 1955) was an American criminal convicted of murder. She was executed in the gas chamber on the same day as two convicted accomplices, Jack Santo and Emmett Perkins, all of whom were involved in the robbery that led to murder of an elderly widow. Nicknamed “Bloody Babs” by the press, Graham was the third woman in California to be executed by gas.[1]

Her story of adult criminal activity is told in the 1958 film I Want to Live!, in which she was portrayed by Susan Hayward, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Graham.

Actress Charlize Theron

Aileen Wuornos was born on February 29, 1956 in Rochester, Michigan, USA as Aileen Carol Pittman. She was married to Lewis Gratz Fell. She died on October 9, 2002 in Florida State Prison, Starke, Florida, USA

Wuornos was brought into the death chamber on October 9, 2002. She had Kentucky Fried Chicken and French fries as her last meal and was given a $20 budget. Her last words before the execution were “Yes, I would just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back, like Independence Day with Jesus. June 6, like the movie. Big mother ship and all, I’ll be back, I’ll be back.” [1] At 9:47 a.m. EDT, Aileen Wuornos died. She was the tenth woman in the United States to be executed since the Supreme Court lift its ban on capital punishment in 1976, [33] and the second woman ever executed in Florida.

Barbara loved her jazz…

Aileen’s favorite song…