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Hybristophilia: Killer Love

Most have heard of those strange people who marry prison inmates, write fan letters to serial killers, and pair off with killers to commit horrible crimes with them.  For the most part these women – the majority, if not all, are female so we’ll stick with that assumption in this piece – are regarded as sick, but never given a specific name to their illness though there seems to be one…Hybristophilia.  Also referred to casually as Bonnie & Clyde Syndrome it is essentially being sexually aroused by or attracted to people who have committed an outrage or gruesome crime.  Likely other mental disorder there seems to be various versions in which this “philia” can present itself, some more deadly than others.

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Necrophilia: Desire for the Dead

Necrophilia seems to be the cornerstone of every psycho…but a damn creepy idea to the rest of us.  After all who in the world would want to have sex with a dead person?  There are actually a number of different reasons; some are more understandable or romanticized and others more ghoulish and stomach-turning.  Whatever the reason though it’s pretty safe to say that this love/sexual preference/fetish is not the norm and likely (if not certainly) indicates some serious mental, emotional, and social problems in those that have it.

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