"Filled with many jaw dropping moments, this book will kinda mess with you a little. On one hand, you will be shocked and appalled at the extent some people will go to befriend serial murders with the hopes of gaining some notoriety in their own sad desperate lives. They are as bad as the serial killers IMO. Then in some circumstances, you can sort of...maybe...if you stretch your brain to the limit...understand how their motherly nature or nurturing personality would lead them to try and save a tortured soul. But ultimately, no. I simply feel pity for anyone that desperate. Like I said, it kind of messes with you a little bit.
I really enjoy R.J. Parker's work. I appreciate how he delivers the facts without judgement and trusts his readers to make up their own minds and form their own opinions. Once in a while, however, his own finds its way in. Can't be helped. And usually, the sarcasm is pretty amusing. This one seriously made me laugh out loud. **MINOR SPOILER ALERT** One serial rapist, torturer and killer of many women placed an ad looking for pen pals and referring to himself as a teddy bear. With dripping sarcasm, the author provides his mailing address in PRISON in case we want to write him! So yeah, he may very well rape, torture and kill you, but if you want to strike up a friendship, here you go! Loved it! **END OF SPOILER**
But seriously, I had no idea some of these things were even happening, so I found this book to be most informative, entertainment at its best, well written and would highly recommend it to my fellow true crime friends. Well done, Mr. Parker!" -- The Crime Cove Report
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TRUE CRIME AUTHOR EXPLAINS SERIAL KILLER GROUPIES by Judith YatesThe Examiner
- December 72014
Charles Manson's fiancéprobably has it.Ted Bundy's wife / groupie Carol Boone sufferedfrom the same problem, and it was one reason why Karla Homolkaassisted Paul Bernardo in torture, murder, and rape, to include herown sister. They each had a paraphilia (an intense sexual arousal toan atypical situation, object, or person), the paraphilia beinghybristophilia, or sexual arousal by being with a criminal. Truecrime author RJ Parker examines this phenomenon in his latest book,Serial Killer Groupies.
"Just about everyserial killer has a groupie attached to him or her," RJ Parkerexplains. Parker interviewed Paul Bernardo, husband of Karla Homolka;the Canadians were dubbed "The Barbie & Ken murderers"because of their good looks. Bernardo is a serial rapist andmurderer/torturer of teenagers and young women, yet he receives "acouple hundred love letters every month," says Parker, "a far cryfrom the several hundred a week he received when he was firstarrested."
Parker explains one ofthe reasons people are attracted to serial killers, both in and outof prison, is because they suffer from hybristophilia. In SerialKiller Groupies, Parker explains hybristophilia as "people who arearoused sexually by being with someone who commits violent crimes."He believes this may be the case with Homolka and Carol Anne Boone;the latter married Ted Bundy and fathered his child during Bundy'sincarceration.
Author Parker explainsthere are other reasons a person may become a serial killer groupie.They may have a fantasy of "changing" the killer with love andcompassion. They see the inmate as the "perfect" partner: Theyknow where they are (prison) and the inmate is not "cheating" andcannot leave. The groupies may feel a nurturing instinct toward thecriminal. Or they are someone who needs drama in their lives, andwhat better way to gain attention or cause problems than announcingthey are married to, or "dating"/ in love with, a notoriousinmate?
In his article PassionVictim, Dr. Mark D. Griffiths writes, "hybristophilia was definedby the sexologist Professor John Money as a sexual paraphilia inwhich an individual derives sexual arousal and pleasure from having asexual partner who is known to have 'committed an outrage or crime,such as rape, murder, or armed robbery.'" It is also called the"Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome" RJ Parker adds.
Hybristophilia is morecommon in females. The female hybristophiles are the actual crimeplanners, pushing their partner to do illegal things in order tocreate arousal. There are two types of hybristophiles: 1."Aggressives" assist the criminals in committing the crime.Rosemary West actively participated (with her husband Fred) innumerous murders and sexual assaults. 2. "Passives" have nodesire to break the law but are sexually attracted to those who do.Many witnesses report Bonnie Parker never took part in gunfights orrobberies; she preferred to wait in the getaway car or somewhere awayfrom the crime scene. She never shot not killed during thedepression-era crime spree with Clyde Barrow.