What’s the Sick Fascination with Killers like TJ Lane?

FILE – In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013, file photo, T.J. Lane unbuttons his shirt during sentencing in Chardon, Ohio. Ohio police said Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, that Lane, 19, the convicted killer of three students at a high school cafeteria, escaped from prison and a search is underway. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool, File)

Most recently and specifically, the school shooter who recently escaped from prison, and then recaptured TJ Lane.

In March of 2012, TJ Lane gunned down 3 of his classmates in Chardon High School in Ohio. Since then, he’s been sentenced with 3 life sentences, ensuring that he will never experience an adult life outside of prison.

And since then as well, he’s somehow found a sick and twisted fan base, comprised mostly of teenagers. Teenage girls, to be more specific.

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It was bad enough that he wore a shirt that said “KILLER” in the court room, but he said something really disturbing to them before flipping them off:

“The hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory. F*** you all.”

This isn’t a “aw, poor baby is misunderstood” case. Some people seem to be attracted to him and love his above quote. This isn’t the first time young women have been fascinated and even lusted after a famous killer.

Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez and Jeffrey Dahmer all had women fans who wrote them love letters in prison. Ramirez even married a female groupie while he was in prison.

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Thankfully, there are some sane people left in the world, who understand that this young man is a sick and vile person who doesn’t even deserve to be living off of anyone’s tax dollars in prison. All you have to do is do a search on T.J. Lane on any major social network, and you’ll see 3 main things: news stories, people talking about what a piece of trash he is, and those calling him “sexy” and praising him.

Why is that some people are turned on by killers? If guys like T.J. Lane, James Holmes (the movie theater shooter in Aurora, Colorado), and Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (the Columbine shooters) weren’t killers and were just guys walking down the street, these young women probably wouldn’t give them a second glance. Why would anyone think this is in any way shape or form, attractive?

There’s actually a name for people who are attracted to killers and criminals of all sorts — “Hybristophilia“. It’s also referred to as “Bonnie and Clyde syndrome”. Just like any other messed up kink, it’s hard to explain exactly where it comes from.