But focusing on the devastation that Wuornos caused to her victims' wives and children wouldn't play well in Berlin or Berkeley. Championing the crime victims instead of the criminal wouldn't have allowed a starlet such as Theron to bask in the spotlight and further the leftist agenda.
That is why Susan Sarandon won an Oscar for "Dead Man Walking," but Charles Bronson never got a nod for "Death Wish."
And why a grotesque musical drama on the life of serial killer Andrew Cunanan is in the works, but not on the life of his most prominent victim, fashion designer Gianni Versace.
And why Tinseltown's elite are reliable Death Row groupies, but nary a celebrity is to be found on the board of national crime victims' rights groups.
The new Death Row cause celebre is Kevin Cooper, convicted in California of hacking, stabbing, and slashing three children and two parents -- all but one of them to death -- 21 years ago. Actors Ted Danson, Richard Dreyfuss, Mike Farrell, Janeane Garofalo, Danny Glover, Anjelica Huston, and Mary Steenburgen all signed their names to a New York Times ad demanding that Cooper's execution be halted. No Hollywood celebrity is speaking out on behalf of the murder victims in the case: Doug and Peggy Ryen; their 10-year-old daughter Jessica; and their 11-year-old houseguest, Chris Hughes. Or for the sole survivor, Josh Ryen, who was stabbed with a screwdriver, hit with an ax, and slashed across the throat.
Farrell, the television star who only seems to appear on television when he's blowing kisses to Mumia Abu-Jamal, complains that capital punishment is used by "ambitious politicians looking to push emotional buttons that can ensure their political power." As if Oscar-seeking actresses and publicity-hungry Hollyweird has-beens aren't guilty of the same?
The monstrous truth: In Hollywood, murder victims in coffins just aren't in vogue. Only "societal" victims behind bars are.