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The 911 call to Columbus, Ohio police must have seemed depressingly routine.
30-year-old male incapacitated. Suspected overdose.
Except, Joseph Crumpler's death in January was anything but ordinary.
When paramedics arrived at his rundown bungalow on the northeast side of the city, he was in critical condition. At the hospital, he died – another sad statistic in a drug-ravaged city.
But then a second man turned up dead on April 1; a third on April 17; a fourth on June 17. All overdoses. All suspicious.
In short order, police arrested 33-year-old Rebecca Auborn and charged her with murder after she reportedly admitted to lacing Crumpler's crack pipe with fentanyl.
It wouldn't have been complicated: A lethal dose of heroin is 100 mg, about the size of a quarter teaspoon. But a lethal dose of fentanyl is just 2 mg, equivalent to a few grains of sands.
A prostitute, Auborn – red-haired, pudgy and disheveled – hardly fit the mold of a femme fatale. But prosecutors allege she hovered around Columbus-area motels where she encountered her prey, accompanying them home or to rented rooms, where she'd drug the unsuspecting Johns before stealing their wallets, cash and cars.
Now she awaits trial on four counts of murder and five counts of corrupting another with drugs. A fifth purported victim survived.
Certainly, more questions remain, including whether - in the words of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost - Auborn may number among the rarest of criminals: a female serial killer.
Already her case has drawn comparison to another notorious prostitute, Aileen Wuornos, a.k.a. 'The Damsel of Death,' perhaps best known by a single word: Monster. Her sordid tale was turned into a 2003 film of that title.
A prostitute, Auborn – red-haired, pudgy and disheveled – hardly fit the mold of a femme fatale.
Rebecca Auborn, 33 (left), was arrested on August 26 in Columbus, Ohio on charges of murdering four men. She remains in Franklin County jail. Aileen Wuornos (right) was executed in 2002 for murdering seven men she picked up along the Florida highways
Charlize Theron played the lead. The blonde bombshell transformed her face to resemble Wuornos' scarred visage which was burned in a childhood accident. The role won Theron the Oscar for Best Actress.
Christina Ricci played Wuornos' lesbian lover Tyria Moore – and it was Moore who eventually helped convict Wuornos for one of the most vicious murder sprees in American history.
The rampage began on the night of November 30, 1989, when Richard Mallory, 51, locked up his TV repair store in Palm Harbor. Instead of driving home to Clearwater, eight miles south, Mallory drove east along Interstate 4, which crosses central Florida from Tampa to Daytona Beach.
He was looking for sex and found Wuornos, who walked Florida's highways trawling for clients and pretending to be in need of help – a damsel in distress. She carried a photograph of children - not her own - and told drivers she needed a ride to a motel where they were waiting for her.
Mallory picked Wuornos up, she claimed at trial, and drove to an isolated area, where they drank vodka, smoked marijuana, and talked for hours. Then, she said, Mallory looped a cord around her neck, tied her hands to the steering wheel, raped, sodomized and threatened to kill her 'like the other sluts I've done.'
Wuornos said she eventually wrestled free, grabbed the .22-caliber pistol she kept in her purse and shot Mallory multiple times in the chest. Two weeks later, his body was discovered in a Daytona Beach junkyard by men searching for scrap metal to sell.
Charlize Theron (above) played the lead. The blonde bombshell transformed her face to resemble Wuornos' scarred visage which was burned in a childhood accident. The role won Theron the Oscar for Best Actress.
Theron as Wuornos is seen bloodied and bedraggled following one of her seven murders
Richard Mallory, the first known Wuornos victim. The 51-year-old TV repair shop owner from Clearwater, Florida, was shot dead on November 30, 1989
It's this scene - graphically depicted in Monster - that Wuornos biographer Sue Russell said led some to assume Wuornos killed in self-defense. But Russell, a journalist who covered Wuornos' 13-day trial, told DailyMail.com 'there was compelling evidence that painted a very different picture.'
'She killed to rob, and killed deliberately in cold blood,' said Russell. 'She carried a 'kill bag' containing her gun, and Windex to clean off fingerprints from her victims' cars.'
Neither Russell, nor the jury, which found Wuornos guilty of first-degree murder and armed robbery after less than two hours of deliberations, believed her. After all, self-defense doesn't explain how'd she go on to kill six more times.
The naked body of David Spears, a 43-year-old construction worker, was found on June 1, 1990, in the woods north of Tampa. He'd been shot six times in the torso with a .22-calibre. A used condom lay near the body.
Forty-year-old part-time rodeo worker and bull rider, Charles Carskaddon, turned up in Pasco County, also naked. He was shot nine times. Wuornos stole his .45 calibre pistol with a pearl handle.
Whether all of Wuornos' targets were seeking sex is unclear. There is little doubt about her first three, but some of the victim's families insist