- Dec 5, 2015
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Hybristophilia, refers to when people are sexually aroused by partners who are known to have committed an offensive or violent act.
Dr Ramsland said offenders — both men and women — didn't have to be physically attractive to attract admirers.
"They can be bold and confident," she said.
"[Bundy] had the confidence, charisma, daring, and resourcefulness of an alpha-male personality that projects a sense of protection.
"In addition, he had a nervous energy and predatory look that attracts some types who like the edginess of a person who can plan and carry out violent acts.
"In their minds, they thought, he might kill other women but he'd be good to me."
Sometimes just the media attention can be enough.
"Lots of people are drawn to 'celebrities', no matter what they've done," Dr Ramsland said.
And others like the "edgy sense of violence in getting close to convicted killers", she said.
I have no problem with Netflix romanticising Ted Bundy, because he was a deeply charismatic and charming individual.