Journalist Isenberg writes about the little-known and unexplored phenomenon of women who seek and fall in love with one of society's most abusive elements: murderers. Assembling information from interviews, magazine and newspaper articles, television appearances, etc., Isenberg attempts to explain how these women (who are themselves often victims of abuse) feel compassion and a sense of power over the killer as long as he is safely locked behind bars. Her highly readable investigation is geared more toward popular psychology and true crime fans than people looking for in-depth psychological and statistical research.
- Marguerite Mroz, Baltimore Cty. P.L.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Journalist 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. To find out about these women, Isenberg interviewed dozens of them, plus prison officials, police, psychiatrists, and psychologists. The profile that emerges is a sad one: ``little girls lost, reared in dysfunctional families where they were the victims of abuse at the hands of harsh dictatorial fathers aided by passive mothers.'' Damaged by their painful childhoods, they live in a fantasy world, in love not with a real man but with an illusion based on denial. Marrying a convicted killer is a way of having a relationship without ever having to get too close, Isenberg says--and it's a way of being in control of a powerful man as well. Serial killers and mass murderers, such as David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and Hillside Stranglers Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, offer a special bonus--the thrill of fame. Since many of these women have low self-esteem, the killer's notoriety provides a sense of worth: The bigger his crime, the more important she feels. Isenberg's skills in getting these 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. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This was a very good product and will buy it again. It was good quality and very well worth my money.Published 20 months ago by Jesse
I enjoyed this book It was very insightful as to why these women loved these men. I did find a bit repetitivePublished on September 1, 2013 by Donna
When I purchased this book I had seen a review of the author on Good Morning America. I thought the topic was weird, yet interesting, so I jumped on Amazon and ordered a copy. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Sarah Hostetler
This book was nothing but the same old stereotypes: Women who love men in prison are mentally warped in some way through abuse, low self-esteem, blah blah blah. I wasn't impressed. Read morePublished on December 12, 2006 by Music Chick
Although the book is interesting to read for what it reveals about middle class (Isenbergs)unacknowledged limitations, her own unexamined frame of reference prevented her... Read morePublished on November 4, 2006 by Janet Mackie
People will always try to explain what is foreign to them as being pathologic, evil, or whatever the specific label may be. Read morePublished on July 27, 2006 by Saraltx