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Why Women Are Attracted to Serial Killers

Killer Love: Why Women Love Murderers

Joran van der Sloot, the man accused of murdering Natalie Holloway and Stephany Flores, told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf Tuesday he gets about 50 love letters a day and has had at least one marriage proposal.

Surprising, and yet not. If men can love the obsessive and erratic behavior of women with Borderline Personality Disorder, then why would women stop at serial killers? Besides, like, every reason imaginable. But where there's an unhealthy obsession, there's a reason. So what's to love about a murderer?

They're complete fiction. Nearly all the women who write men in jail will never meet their crushes, and subconsciously they want it that way. They're often victims of physical or sexual abuse and prefer to idolize from a distance. If a relationship does start, there's power in being his main contact with the outside world and deciding when and how to interact.


Murderers are also the ultimate bad boys, and celebrities in their own right. Why not go after a nonhomicidal celebrity? Sheila Isenberg, author of Women Who Love Men Who Kill, says real celebrities are far less likely to respond to a love letter than a prisoner. "Any guy sitting in jail or on death row will focus attention out of boredom," she said. "But that romantic focus is like a blazing light to some women."

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skigurl skigurl 7 years
These are good points. When I saw the headline, I also thought that women tend to like men they can "change" and also like to see the good in bad boys. It's the same way as when a boy or group of boys at a highschool is accused of something horrible like raping a girl (can't remember the details of the story i'm thinking of but i think other students were cheering them on?) and girls would write on their myspaces while they were waiting trial saying that they loved them and whatever...they took the side of the boy instead of realizing the girl was the victim and the boy did something horrible. Because, probably, they felt "he would never do that to me" and "he's always so sweet!" - i'm sure Joran Vandersloot is pretty "Sweet" and charming in his own way - obviously he got a bunch of different girls to hang out with him over the someone who is slightly delusional and not thinking straight might just think he's a cute boy who is misunderstood.
Rosay77 Rosay77 7 years
I've always wondered why some women love killers and now I know why. Thank you.
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