The history of women falling in love with serial killers can be traced back to 1895 with the case of William Henry Theodore Durrant according to Ramsland (2010b). The 23 year old medical practitioner cum Sunday school superintendent was accused and indeed convicted of murdering Blanche Lamont, 20, and Minnie Williams in the most grotesque of ways. Dubbed the Demon of the Belfry, and enjoying an international audience, Durrant surprisingly gained an unusual attention among women of all ages. Of all the women, Rosalind Bowers became an international sensation when it became clear that she had fallen in love with the good looking Durrant. Bowers carried a bouquet of flowers every morning to the courthouse in the wish that the serial murderer would have sweet pleas. She often had the flowers sent over to the murderer and made melodramatic poses and gestures to him during the proceedings. It was later said that Bowers, a married woman craved the man’s attention (Ramsland 2010b).Ted Bundy was convicted of a series of murders carried out in Florida in 1978 (Ramsland, 2010c). The criminal confessed to have committed at least 30 other vicious crimes over the previous four years. Even after committing numerous murders and other despicable acts, Bundy received a wealth of mails from adoring ladies. Some of the women looked upon the criminal in romantic light albeit with a dose of fright. Many women crowded the courtroom in support of the criminal in support their faith being that the man had been wrongly accused. Among these women, one Caron Ann Boone became most noticeable.During his trial in 1980, Boone testified on Bundy’s behalf claiming he was innocent. Taking advantage of an age-old legal provision, he stood up and proposed, the lady accepting the offer in glee. As soon as this had happened, Bundy proclaimed them married. Later, Boone in some way managed to get pregnant with Bundy’s child, completely blinded of his potentiality as a serial murderer (Ramsland, 2010c).According to Tomik (2009), Richard Ramirez who is on death row for committing serial murder and rape receives bags of mail each year. Most of those who try to contact Ramirez are women, accounting for approximately 90 percent. Tomik states that death row convicts are a common feature in group “wedding” ceremonies such as those conducted at San Quentin State Prison on special Saturdays. The phenomenon of women falling in love or hopelessly infatuating
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