Women Who Love Men Who Kill

Women Who Love Men Who Kill

by Sheila Isenberg

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They may be professors, reporters, nurses, social workers, waitresses, office workers or corporate executives. They may have advanced college degrees or have never gotten past the sixth grade. They may live in a bustling big city or a small town. On the surface, these women seem like ordinary people. They aren�t. They are the women who love men who have killed�and their numbers are growing.

At once both disturbing and fascinating, Women Who Love Men Who Kill is an extraordinary, compelling psychological study of prison passion as we�ve never seen it before. For the first time, author Sheila Isenberg examines this national phenomenon. Through extensive research and interviews with the women themselves, as well as psychiatrists, social workers, and prison officials, she sheds light on why these women are drawn into relationships with men who are the outcasts of society, men with whom they can never enjoy a �normal� relationship. Although some have been victims of abuse and violence, many of the women vulnerable to these relationships know exactly what they are getting into, but their capacity for denial and their need for a safe, idealized, romantic fantasy of love transcends judgment. These women are willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of a love without hope or promise, or consummation, and they welcome the sacrifice because it means that they and their feelings are worthy.

�[Sheila] Isenberg provides a fascinating look at women �compelled to dance with the masters of death,� women so obsessed with convicted murderers that they marry them, giving up all else in their lives, including their children, to fulfill their deepest fantasies.� (Kirkus Reviews)

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BN ID: 2940149194278
Publisher: P and E Press
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 162,248
File size: 2 MB

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Women Who Love Men Who Kill 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SmithSJ01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting reading and the beauty of books like this is that you can actually dip in and out of it as well as skip bits that you don't feel you want to read. The book covered three different parts, women who were already married to a man who then killed; women who fell in love with killers and finally women were part of the men's lives (mothers, daughters, sisters).
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a look at women who become enamored of murderers. I have often been baffled that so many women find murderers attractive. I found it fascinating. Isenberg looks at a number of case studies and discusses what might attract women. In some cases, she thinks it is the attraction of "manly" violence and the dependency of the prisoners on their outside correspondent. In other cases, it seems to be some sort of rescue fantasy by a delusional woman.In interesting look at what, for many of us, is incomprehensible behavior.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.