James Holmes is reportedly on the market, Ladies. Fox News reports that the mass murderer set up two online dating accounts, one on Match.com and another on Adultfriendfinder.com. There's only one problem. There may not be a chance to watch a sunset or picnic in the park with this bachelor.
Holmes, 25, in case you didn't know, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 others during a shooting spree at a movie theater in Aurora on July 20, 2012. He set up his profiles under the handle "classicjimbo" and both featured images of him and his crazy eyes and wild red hair. The profiles reportedly asked, "Will you visit me in prison?". The accounts were accessed just two days before the mass shooting.
It sounds crazy, of course. But why wouldn't it? He's crazy. But what's so surprising, is that there are women who LOVE this kind of boyfriend. “He is the perfect kind of person to be a target for these prison groupies because he’s obviously savvy, he’s into the web and Internet dating,” said Sheila Isenberg, author of “Women Who Love Men Who Kill.”
She says that these "groupies" want to be a part of infamy and there is a low risk of rejection involved, which makes it attractive to women who have been abused in their past. There's no way the love interest can hurt them, and the incarcerated boyfriend has nothing to do but give them attention, write them letters and think about them.
This is not a new phenomenon. Some of America’s most notorious criminals have been prolific writers behind bars, including cult killer Charles Manson, BTK murderer Dennis Rader and the Menendez brothers, both of whom married women after being incarcerated for killing their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion in 1989.
Lyle Menendez tied the knot with longtime pen pal and former model Anna Eriksson in 1996 before divorcing five years later, and Erik Menendez married Tammie Ruth Saccoman during a telephone ceremony at Folsom State Prison in 1999, reportedly using a Twinkie as their wedding cake.
More recently, this trend can be seen in the cases of Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man imprisoned for killing a woman in Peru and widely suspected behind the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway, and accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“In this age of instant information, these criminals become heroes overnight,” she said. “[Tsarnaev] has young girls with Facebook pages of him and others posting on Twitter about him, doing stuff in his name. We’re creating instant celebrities with the Internet and creating instant celebrities out of criminals.”
Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be prison groupies.
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