Serial killers have become an American staple, especially in the 1970s when the country saw a frightening rise in mass murders. Charles Manson recently got engaged to a fan in prison. But what makes people fall for a convicted killer?

According to Sheila Isenberg, author of Women Who Love Men Who Killoften times women who are attracted to serial killers have been victims themselves, believe they see a side to their character no one else does, or simply want to be famous.

Murderers such as Scott Peterson got a large amount of marriage proposals before he got to prison, for example. Some women claim that they see beyond the evil facade, such as Carol Anne Boone, who began dating Ted Bundy after his incarceration.

Another aspect to the fascination involves a deeply romantic courtship beriod between the murderer and beloved. As most prisons do not allow conjugal visits, letters, paintings, poems, and flowers seem to make quite a substitute for some women who want the romance without the responsibility.

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