Every single year, world’s most notorious criminals receive romantic fan mail from their admirers, also known as groupies. The admirers usually referred to as hybristophiliacs, are sexually aroused by the idea of being with a partner known to have committed an outrage, cheating, lying, known infidelities or crime, such as rape, murder, or armed robbery.
At least 5 most evil serial killers had groupies:
1. Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy, one of the most notorious serial killers, used his good looks and charisma to lure his victims into his grasp. Between 1974 and 1978, Bundy brutally killed at least 30 women.
Unfortunately, Bundy’s charming smile couldn’t prevent him from being sentenced to death three times. He was later executed in Florida’s electric chair on January 24, 1989.
During his trial, Ted Bundy became a celebrity to the public. Obsessive groupies overran his trial. One of them, Carol Anne Boone, married him during the trial and later gave birth to his child. In prison, Bundy received more than 200 letters a day from women obsessed with him. As the matter of fact, many thought him innocent.
2. Jeffrey Dahmer
Between 1978 and 1991, the “Milwaukee Cannibal” Jeffrey Dahmer raped, murdered and dismembered at least 17 men and boys, performing heinous acts of necrophilia, cannibalism and the permanent preservation of body parts.
Dahmer was caught when one of his victims was found running down the street naked and handcuffed. The “Milwaukee Cannibal” was sentenced to sixteen consecutive life terms fairly quickly. It only took five hours to convict him. On November 28, 1994, Dahmer was beaten to death in prison by a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution.
Dedicated females wrote to Dahmer and sent him money. In total, the “Milwaukee Cannibal” received at least $12,000. Disgusted prison officials called these women sick.
3. John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy, also known as the “Killer Clown”, sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 young men and boys between 1972 and 1978.
The killer buried 26 of his victims in the crawlspace of his home. Three other victims were buried elsewhere on his property, while the bodies of Gacy’s last four known victims were dumped in the Des Plaines River.
In 1980, Gacy was sentenced to death for 12 of 33 killings. He spent 14 years on death row before being executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on May 10, 1994.
John Wayne Gacy had an unusual groupie experience. The groupie wasn’t a female. It was Jason Moss, a college student pretending to work on an assignment, and claiming to be homosexual in order to attract the attention of the serial killer.
During one of the visits, Gacy got violent and threatened to sexually assault Moss. He survived, though, later writing a book about serial killers. Struggling with depression, Moss committed suicide in 2006.
4. Charles Manson
One of the world’s most notorious criminal minds, Charles Manson, actually never killed anyone, but was manipulative enough to persuade others to commit horrific crimes.
When Manson and his followers were arrested, he became an anti-hero and a celebrity. Obsessive women overran his trial, sent him fan letters and visited him in prison.
27-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, a devoted groupie, and regular visitor announced she would marry the mastermind of the Sharon Tate murder and eight other killings so that she could gain possession of his body.
After Manson finally realized that he’s been played for a fool, he had no interest in marrying a 27-year-old.
5. Richard Ramirez
Richard Ramirez, also known as the “Night Stalker,” broke into California homes, raping and torturing more than 25 victims and killing at least 13 over a two-year rampage from June 1984 until August 1985.
He used a wide variety of weapons, including handguns, knives, a machete, a tire iron, and a hammer.
On September 20, 1989, Ramirez was convicted of all charges: 13 counts of murder, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries. During the penalty phase of the trial on November 7, 1989, he was sentenced to die in California’s gas chamber.
Dedicated groupies lined up to visit him. Even one of the jurors of his trial, Cindy Haden, fell for him. She bought him clothes and sent him Valentine’s day present. In 1996, a longtime fan and visitor Doreen Lioy married Ramirez in prison.
Ramirez died of complications from B-cell lymphoma while awaiting execution on California’s death row.
This article originally appeared in the special issue of True Crime Magazine.
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