Hybristophilia ”is a paraphilia of the predatory type in which sexual arousal, facilitation, and attainment of orgasm are responsive to and contingent upon being with a partner known to have committed an outrage, cheating, lying, known infidelities or crime, such as rape, murder, or armed robbery.” In popular culture, this phenomenon is also known as, “Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome”. 

Many high-profile criminals, particularly those who have committed atrocious crimes, receive fan mail in prison which is sometimes amorous or sexual, presumably as a result of this phenomenon. Hybristophilia is accepted as potentially lethal, among other such paraphilias including (but not being limited to):

  • Asphyxiophilia - erotic asphyxiation, the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal.
  • Autassassinophilia - sexual arousal by the risk of being killed.
  • Biastophilia - paraphilic rape, in which sexual arousal is dependent on, or responsive to, the act of assaulting an unconsenting person, especially a stranger.
  • Chremastistophilia - sexual arousal from being robbed, held up or being charged for sexual services.

One of the most infamous examples of hybristophilia is the large number of women attracted to Ted Bundy after his arrest. He often drew scores of women at the jammed courtrooms of his trials each day. Bundy allegedly received hundreds of love letters from women while he was incarcerated. Other examples include Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Ramirez, Josef Fritzl and Charles Manson. [x]

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