He might be a mass shooter and the destroyer of lives but that hasn’t stopped some women from going on twitter and gushing about how ‘hot’ James Holmes is anyway. Then again there are some women who will always love bad boys no matter how bad they are…
jezebel: It might seem unfathomable to some that anyone could respond to the purported face of evil by complimenting its bone structure. Even one of the women who Tweeted about how she finds both Holmes and Trayvon Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman “cute” seemed confused by her feelings. And while it’s probably not “normal” for criminals to be a girl’s “type,” it’s actually much more common than you’d think. Women have a long history of being physically attracted to people who’ve committed particularly heinous crimes. There’s actually a term for it: Hybristophilia.
Well perhaps that all goes under the category nice guys finish last. Or to be more succinctly guys with power (which is what every woman savors) never seem to find themselves acting nicely cause they know that they’re playing with a full deck of cards,which may explain the appeal to someone like James Holmes given all the power in terms of attention and legacy building he has received since Friday when the shootings took place.
Then there’s the view that being involved with incarcerated individual can be quite intoxicating as well:
Arthur Aron, a psychology professor at the State University of New York-Stonybrook says that for some, a relationship with someone imprisoned for life is actually safer, emotionally.
“For some people it’s threatening to be intimate,” he says, “And a relationship with an incarcerated partner may give these people the sense of control they want or need when it comes to emotional closeness.”
Statistics show that male inmates are more likely to gain groupies and have romantic relationships with pen pals than female prisoners. This could be because men are 11 times more likely to be incarcerated than women, but whatever the case, those who commit the most violent, gruesome crimes—murder and rape—enjoy the most attention from “fans.”
All food for thought. That said here are some of the tweets making their way round town describing adulation for Holmes. Make of it what you will….