Women Who Love Men Who Kill

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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595003990
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 1,033,922
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Isenberg
Sheila Isenberg

Sheila Isenberg is the author of A Hero of Our Own: The Story of Varian Fry and Women Who Love Men Who Kill. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and an instructor of English and Journalism at Marist college. She lives in Woodstock, NY.

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Table of Contents

Author's Preface 11
Introduction 15
Chapter 1 Maria: A Case of Identification "He came from a good family" 21
Chapter 2 Murder and Marriage "It was hardly romantic" 48
Chapter 3 Teddi: A Case of Salvation "He always went one step further" 70
Chapter 4 How Women Meet Men Who Kill "I am not a thief, robber, burglar, sex offender, drug dealer/user, con man, or nut case" 92
Chapter 5 Hilary: A Case of Substitution "He even looks like my father" 109
Chapter 6 Why Women Love Killers "We're not who you think we are" 124
Chapter 7 Denial "He never meant for this to happen" 142
Chapter 8 Rochelle: A Case of Delusion "He is sensitive to the tiniest of animals" 149
Chapter 9 Little Girl Lost "Once I said, 'Daddy, don't yell.' He beat me with the buckle end of the belt" 168
Chapter 10 Victims, Repeaters, Rebels "I went to a bar once, when I was eighteen, and came out when I was twenty-eight" 181
Chapter 11 Lori: A Case of Desperation "He called me his princess" 186
Chapter 12 Devotion "I work sixty hours a week because I have myself and him to support" 196
Chapter 13 Women Who Love Serial Killers "I got me a good one" 205
Chapter 14 Conclusion: Beyond the Walls "We might not even like each other in the real world" 223
Bibliography 234
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2005

    fascinating psychological study

    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.

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