I read an article in the DailyMail today about a 94 year old widow who has corresponded with and visited a serious sexual predator and killer who is on death row. In one of the comments the word Hybristophilia was mentioned and since I didn’t know what it was, I looked it up. Below is the link to the story about Margaret Seeman and her relationship to Milton Johnson.
He’s a serial killer, a rapist and a suspect in seven other murders. She’s a white, 94-year-old widow. But he ‘touched her heart’ and she has visited him in prison every month and exchanged letters with him every week for 24 years
Margaret Seeman expected a female prison pen pal. Instead she got Milton Johnson, one of the two most notorious African-American serial killers in the US
Johnson served a 13-year sentence for rape, and then went on a murder spree and received two death sentences
‘I was intrigued and horrified all at the same time,’ she told MailOnline in an exclusive interview.. ‘It was like reading a good murder mystery and wondering how it would end’
She describes Milton as kind and says he has nothing but respect for her
‘I would devote one day a month to Milton,’ she says. ‘And I’d take him things like socks, tooth paste, tissues, postage stamps and stationary’
She would love to find out someday that he really was innocent, but sadly, at 94, ‘I’m not sure I will stick around long enough to learn the truth’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2701604/Hes-serial-killer-rapist-suspect-seven-murders-Shes-white-94-year-old-widow-But-touched-heart-visited-prison-month-exchanged-letters-week-24-years.html#ixzz38J79rr27
While I was aware of the types of groupies of serial killers, I didn’t know there was a “name” for that kind of behavior. I am well aware of the problem with prison pen pals who can present themselves to their correspondents as “innocent” and “kind” and “Christian.” Milton’s repeat crimes and the increasing severity of the crimes shows he is anything BUT “kind.”
Margaret, in my opinion, has been conned because she cannot really believe that Milton, whom she sees and corresponds with could possibly be that bad, after all, he shows such “respect” for her. My own mother was appalled at the fact that Ken Hamilton and my daughter in law, Laurel Alexander, were arrested with guns, and Hamilton trying to break into the house and threatening my son, Andrew. In her e mail to me after the arrest my mother said “But they were so respectful to me!”
Offenders of all levels from those monsters like Milton, to others who break the laws of God and man in less “horrible” ways can show “respect” to someone when they are trying to con them. Writing to inmates and accepting their “respect” at face value is a dicey proposition at best.
What is it?
Hybristophiliacs are people who are sexually aroused and attracted to people who have committed cruel, gruesome crimes such as murder and rape. It occurs more often in women than in men.
There are two categories of hybristophiliacs:
1) Passive Hybristophilia
Every year, notorious criminals receive romantic and sexual “fan mail” from admirers. These letter-writing groupies (known as SKGs — serial killer groupies) have no desire in taking part of criminal activity, yet are attracted to men behind bars. These women are usually delusional and will try to find excuses for what the criminal did. They will develop relationships with a criminal and feel that they are special — that even though their lover may have killed numerous people, he would never harm her. They usually feel that they can “change” their lover and have rescue fantasies. Passive hybristophiliacs “tend to put themselves in positions to be seduced, manipulated, and lied to by the people they fall for “ (Suite 101).
2) Aggressive Hybristophilia
Aggressive hybristophiliacs are complete opposites. They are willing to help out their lovers with their criminal agenda by luring victims, hiding bodies, covering crimes, or even committing crimes. They are attracted to their lover’s because of their violent actions and want to receive love, yet are unable to understand that their lover’s are psychopaths who are manipulating them. Both passive and aggressive hybristophiliacs tend to end up in abusive or unhealthy relationships.