Maladie From The Nevers Has A Modern-Day Serial Killer Inspiration

HBO's new series The Nevers is set during Jack the Ripper's reign of terror over Victorian-era London, but that quintessential serial killer is not its main focus. The show follows the deadly acts of several women, one of whom is named Maladie, a killer who goes on her own murderous spree, taking the lives of men considered to be "respectable" members of society. But despite the historical nature of The Nevers, actress Amy Mason said that she looked to a more recent serial killer for inspiration.

According to Bustle, Manson's murderous muse was the late 20th-century serial killer Aileen Wuornos. As Tampa, Florida's, WFLA News reported on the 31st anniversary of the killing of her first victim, Wuornos was the first woman the FBI ever profiled as a serial killer. Although she was convicted of six murders, she confessed to killing seven men (the seventh's body has never been located) while engaging in sex work on an interstate in Florida in 1989 and 1990. Wuornos said she killed the men in self-defense, despite at one point recanting certain specifics, like her claim that her first victim had attacked and raped her. Wuornos was given the death penalty for her crimes and was executed by the state of Florida on October 9, 2002.

The inspiration for Maladie was a victim of the men in her life

The reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel who witnessed her execution saw firsthand Aileen Wuornos' deranged mental state. Her final statement was a bizarre and confused admixture of religious, extraterrestrial, and pop culture references. "I'd just like to say I'm sailing with the Rock, and I'll be back. Like Independence Day with Jesus, June 6, just like the movie, big mother ship and all. I'll be back," she muttered into the microphone over her head as she awaited execution. A British documentary filmmaker who had interviewed Wuornos several times confirmed that she suffered from extreme mental disorders. "Every time I met her, she was a different person," he said.

Wuornos claimed that her grandfather who raised her sexually abused her when she was a teenager, an experience that likely had an influence on her mental and emotional health as an adult. As Entertainment Weekly reports, Maladie has similarly suffered trauma at the hands of the men in her life. Her husband had her committed to an insane asylum. Because of this kind of treatment, Manson told Gizmodo that she doesn't see Maladie as a villain. "She's got her objectives, she gets sidetracked at times, but I wonder how much I would fight for justice if I went through what she went through at the hands of the male patriarchy," she said.