Behind Hybistrophilia: A Condition Which Causes This Woman To Be Attracted To Serial Killers

Behind Hybistrophilia: A Condition Which Causes This Woman To Be Attracted To Serial Killers

Mariya idolizes serial killers and is even 'dating' one who is currently in prison.

22-year-old Mariya is a hybristophile. She is sexually attracted to serial killers: 'I would say that I started being fascinated by Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and Richard Ramirez when I was 16. But it was only later, after having seen their cases, that I started to really be sexually attracted to them.'

But beyond a simple sexual attraction, Mariya writes letters to them, and even maintains relationships by corresponding regularly with some of them. She keeps their letters in a folder along with photos of them, and she has even tattooed the names of Jeffrey Dahmer (who killed 17 young men) and Dylann Roof (mass killer and white supremacist) on herself. The young woman has even admitted to having a real love affair with a killer, who is currently in prison but to whom she writes and visits. However, she did not want to reveal their identity.

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When asked how she would feel if a member of her family was being killed or raped, Mariya said 'I don’t know … At the moment, I would probably go crazy, but maybe later when the murderer is in prison, I would write to him and talk to him, I would try to understand their motives.'

• Emma Jensen
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