In extreme cases it's a phenomenon called hybristophilia
, or Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome, a sexual disorder in which someone is aroused by wrongdoing.
The attraction to prisoners even has a name - Hybristophilia
, also known as "Bonnie and Clyde syndrome" - and a study last year found women are more likely to lust after a man with a criminal record.
This pattern of sexual attraction and arousal has previously been described and named (hybristophilia
) (Money, 1986)and has been associated in non-scientific literature with other women known to have engaged in sadomasochistic activities (e.g., Williams, 1996).
H is for Hybristophilia
. This refers to women who get excited by men who are in prison.