Hybristophilia is a paraphilia involving being sexually aroused or attracted to people who have committed an outrage or a gruesome crime. In popular culture, this phenomenon is also known as "Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome".
Many high-profile criminals, particularly those who have committed atrocious crimes, receive "fan mail" in prison which is sometimes amorous or sexual, presumably as a result of this phenomenon. In some cases, admirers of these criminals have gone on to marry the object of their affections in prison.
One of the most infamous examples of hybristophilia is the large number of women attracted to Ted Bundy after his arrest. Bundy allegedly received hundreds of love letters from women while he was incarcerated.
Serial killer Richard Ramirez married a female groupie in prison who had written him over 75 letters. During his trial, dozens of women flocked to the courtroom to catch a glimpse of him.
In the crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Nate Haskell (also known as the Dick and Jane Killer) was a sociopathic serial killer. While in jail, he developed many devoted female fans who were dubbed "Nate's Brides".
An episode of The Good Wife was titled "Hybristophilia" and centered on the death of a woman stalking an infamous murderer.
Another example is the dating website Meet-An-Inmate.com, intended to connect prison inmates with admirers on the outside.
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