Women Who Love Men Who Kill: 35 True Stories of Prison Passion (Updated Edition)

Women Who Love Men Who Kill: 35 True Stories of Prison Passion (Updated Edition)

by Sheila Isenberg
Women Who Love Men Who Kill: 35 True Stories of Prison Passion (Updated Edition)

Women Who Love Men Who Kill: 35 True Stories of Prison Passion (Updated Edition)

by Sheila Isenberg

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Overview

Thirty years after she first asked, "Why do women fall in love with convicted murderers?," Sheila Isenberg answers the question anew in the age of smartphones, mass shootings, celebrity worship of murderers, and modern prison dating. Through research and interviews with women who seek relationships with convicted killers via snail and email, and through conversations with psychiatrists, social workers, and prison officials, Women Who Love Men Who Kill sheds light on why women are drawn into relationships with incarcerated outcasts. This updated edition includes gripping new case studies and a look at how the digital age is revolutionizing this phenomenon. Meet the young women writing "fan fiction" featuring America's most sadistic murderers; the killer serving consecutive life sentences for strangling his wife and smothering his toddler daughters-and the women who visit him in prison; the journalist who fell in love and risked it all for "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli; and many others.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635768091
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 10/19/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,024,107
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Sheila Isenberg is an author and journalist. A member of the Authors’ Guild, PEN, and Women Writing Women’s Lives, she is the recipient of fellowships and grants, including one from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Isenberg has been interviewed often by national and international media and has appeared in several documentaries. She lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Table of Contents

Author's Preface vii

Introduction Why a Second Edition? xi

Chapter 1 The Internet Revolution: Connecting Prisoners with Women on the Outside 1

Chapter 2 The Internet Revolution: Connecting Mass Murderers with Their Fans 27

Chapter 3 Maria: A Case of Identification 45

Chapter 4 Murder and Marriage 69

Chapter 5 Teddi: A Case of Salvation 88

Chapter 6 Before the Internet: How Women Met Men Who Kill 107

Chapter 7 Hilary: A Case of Substitution 122

Chapter 8 Why Women Love Killers 135

Chapter 9 Denial 151

Chapter 10 Rochelle: A Case of Delusion 157

Chapter 11 Little Girl Lost 173

Chapter 12 Victims, Repeaters, Rebels 184

Chapter 13 Lori: A Case of Desperation 188

Chapter 14 Devotion 197

Chapter 15 Women Who Love Serial Killers 205

Chapter 16 Conclusion: Beyond the Walls 221

Endnotes for Introduction, Chapters One and Two 231

Bibliography 235

Acknowledgments 239

About the Author 240

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