It's the "bad boy syndrome," she says: women attracted to not-so-nice guys out of rebellion, or low self-esteem.
For Sheila Isenberg, author of "Women Who Marry Men Who Kill," it's more about pulp romance and daytime soaps.
Guys behind bars have a lot of time on their hands: to write long letters, to compose love poetry, to perform a lot of the gallant, romantic rituals that modern courtship has largely lost. It's a rollercoaster ride."And they're not the only ones to whom prison looks romantic.
"Sometimes they'd been through a couple incarcerations together.
And he was honest with her when he messed up inside, and she didn't just say, 'Oh, honey, it's OK.' They were like regular couples, with the highs and lows." More commonly, Drake says she'd see an inmate "writing to four or five women, asking for money, stamps, visits, telling them all [that] they are the one."That's what worries former Massachusetts State Rep. The founder of a victim-aid group named for her murdered brother, Ms.
"Because if you can befriend Charlie Manson," she says, "if you can say, 'I'm Charlie Manson's girlfriend' - how many women can say that?
"Penpal sites make their money by charging inmates (roughly to ) to post their ads and print and forward any responses, or by charging penpals (usually less than ) for inmate addresses.Cellblockmail.com's headline ad this week instructs: "To write to Diana, please add her to your Shopping Cart, then continue browsing ads or proceed to Checkout."Many just wonder: What's the draw?Don't people without criminal convictions have a hard enough time getting dates? Naruto is convicted of a serious crime he didn’t commit and is sent to the inescapable prison, Hozuki Castle.The warden, Mui, quickly seals away Naruto’s chakra to prevent him from rebelling.In his online ad, he's draped over a faux-Grecian statue in what looks like the courtyard of his Rhode Island jail.