Women Who Love Men Who Killby Sheila Isenberg, Neil S. Kaye (Introduction)
"Author Sheila Isenberg provides a fascinating look at women "compelled to dance with the masters of death"women so obsessed with convicted murders that they marry them, often giving up everything else in their lives, including their children, to fulfill their deepest fantasies. Isenberg interviewed dozens of these women, some of their men, as well as corrections professionals, psychiatrists, and psychologists. The profile that emerges is of 'little girls lost,' women who were damaged by painful childhoods who are living in a fantasy world, in love not with a real man but with an illusion based on denial. Isenberg's skills in getting those women to reveal themselves, her ability to present them as sympathetic and understandable, and her synthesis of the material they provided make for an engrossing report." From Kirkus Review.
"Shocking...compelling...like the best prison lit!" (The Village Voice Literary Supplement)
Author Bio: Author Sheila Isenberg co-wrote My Life as a Radical Lawyer, the autobiography of the late civil rights attorney, William M. Kunstler. She is currently at work on A Hero of Our Own, about WWII rescuer Varian Fry, the only American honored at Israel's Holocaust Memorial Yad Vashem.
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Although this book was written some time ago, its perceptive analysis of the phenomenon of women who fall in love with men behind bars is still fresh and fascinating today. In-depth interviews, sharp analysis, and incredible true crime stories make this a classic.