13 Couples Who Fell In Love And Then Started Killing People

Sometimes lovers can bring out the best in one another; other times, not so much.

Deep love is a form of madness that can inspire extreme behavior. In many cases, neither partner exhibited the merest inkling of such behavior before meeting and becoming entangled with their lover. If one or both partners has underlying mental disorders, an intense love affair may unmask or even multiply the psychiatric damage. In severe cases, one partner may be able to transmit their psychosis to another. This is technically known as “shared psychotic disorder,” but the French also have a term for it—folie à deux, or “a madness shared by two.”

All of the following cases combine love and murder—a madness shared by two.

Clyde Barrow & Bonnie Parker (Wikimedia Commons)
Clyde Barrow & Bonnie Parker (Wikimedia Commons)

1. The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde

Deep amid the bleak starving pits of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s murderous love story captivated a nation disillusioned by authority figures and hungry for antiheroes. What seemed most fascinating was that although Clyde was mostly pulling the trigger, Bonnie appeared to be calling the shots.

Bonnie was a tiny ball of fire—a 4’11”, 90-pound, 19-year-old former honor-roll student who was already married to a man imprisoned for murder on that portentous day in 1930 when she met petty criminal Clyde Barrow and they instantly fell deep off a cliff for one another.

From 1931 to 1934 Bonnie and Clyde, as well as other members of the Barrow Gang, terrorized the south central USA with a blazing and brazen series of bank and store robberies that often left lawmen and passersby dead in a locust swarm of lead.

But it was their penchant for self-mythologizing—as expressed through Bonnie’s poetry and selfies that were uncovered at one of their hideouts—that made them American folk heroes as they consistently frustrated and evaded the law:

(YouTube)
(YouTube)

An excerpt from Bonnie’s poem “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde”:

They call them cold-blooded killers
They say they are heartless and mean
But I say this with pride, I once knew Clyde
When he was honest and upright and clean.
But the laws fooled around and taking him down
and locking him up in a cell
‘Til he said to me, “I’ll never be free,
So I’ll meet a few of them in hell.”

From 1931 to 1934, they are thought to have killed at least 13 people in shootouts that peppered their endless robberies and burglaries. In 1934 they were finally ambushed on a lonely Louisiana road by six armed lawmen who shot over 100 bullets into their car. They loved together and died together.

The 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway made them folk heroes to a new generation, with a hit single by Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames and a ballad by Merle Haggard adding to the legend.

CLICK TO THE NEXT PAGE…

Jim Goad

Stop worrying about good and bad...and start thinking about true and false.

More From Thought Catalog

  • http://itsliviamae.com/2016/08/28/a-psychological-insight-to-myra-hindley/ A Psychological Insight to Myra Hindley. – itsliviamae
  • https://murdercouples.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/killers-who-fell-in-love-then-started-murdering-together/ Killers who fell in love, then started murdering together. – Couples who murder together, stay together?

    […] falling in love […]

  • https://www.itsliviamae.co.uk/psychological-insight-into-myra-hindley/ A Psychological Insight into Myra Hindley and the Moors Murders
  • https://thoughtcatalog.com/jim-goad/2018/06/prison-brides-hybristophilia-and-women-who-fall-in-love-with-really-bad-boys/ Prison Brides: ‘Hybristophilia’ And Women Who Fall In Love With REALLY Bad Boys | Thought Catalog

    […] “Hybristophilia” is a recognized psychiatric condition in which a person—usually a woman—experiences strong sexual desire for a man known for crimes that society considers repulsive. The “-philia” comes from a Greek word meaning “love for,” while “hybristo-“ is derived from Greek verb meaning “to commit an outrage against someone.” It is also known as “Bonnie & Clyde Syndrome.” […]

  • http://foursprout.com/happiness/prison-brides-hybristophilia-and-women-who-fall-in-love-with-really-bad-boys/ Prison Brides: ‘Hybristophilia’ And Women Who Fall In Love With REALLY Bad Boys

    […] “Hybristophilia” is a recognized psychiatric condition in which a person—usually a woman—experiences strong sexual desire for a man known for crimes that society considers repulsive. The “-philia” comes from a Greek word meaning “love for,” while “hybristo-“ is derived from Greek verb meaning “to commit an outrage against someone.” It is also known as “Bonnie & Clyde Syndrome.” […]

  • http://mydailybeautytips.com/prison-brides-hybristophilia-and-women-who-fall-in-love-with-really-bad-boys/ Prison Brides: 'Hybristophilia' And Women Who Fall In Love With REALLY Bad Boys | My Daily Beauty Tips

    […] “Hybristophilia” is a known psychiatric situation by which an individual—in most cases a girl—reports sturdy sexual need for a person identified for crimes that society considers repulsive. The “-philia” comes from a Greek phrase that means “love for,” whilst “hybristo-“ is derived from Greek verb meaning “to commit an outrage against someone.” It is sometimes called “Bonnie & Clyde Syndrome.” […]

  • http://mydailybeautytips.com/prison-brides-hybristophilia-and-women-who-fall-in-love-with-really-bad-boys-2/ Prison Brides: 'Hybristophilia' And Women Who Fall In Love With REALLY Bad Boys | My Daily Beauty Tips

    […] “Hybristophilia” is a identified psychiatric situation during which an individual—typically a girl—studies robust sexual need for a person recognized for crimes that society considers repulsive. The “-philia” comes from a Greek phrase that means “love for,” whilst “hybristo-“ is derived from Greek verb meaning “to commit an outrage against someone.” It is sometimes called “Bonnie & Clyde Syndrome.” […]

  • http://kryptokronicals.com/prison-brides-hybristophilia-and-women-who-fall-in-love-with-really-bad-boys Prison Brides: ‘Hybristophilia’ And Women Who Fall In Love With REALLY Bad Boys - KryptoKronicals

    […] “Hybristophilia” is a recognized psychiatric condition in which a person—usually a woman—experiences strong sexual desire for a man known for crimes that society considers repulsive. The “-philia” comes from a Greek word meaning “love for,” while “hybristo-“ is derived from Greek verb meaning “to commit an outrage against someone.” It is also known as “Bonnie & Clyde Syndrome.” […]

  • https://sortiwa.com/prison-brides-hybristophilia-and-women-who-fall-in-love-with-really-bad-boys/ Prison Brides: ‘Hybristophilia’ And Women Who Fall In Love With REALLY Bad Boys – breaking news headlines news portal website

    […] “Hybristophilia” is a recognized psychiatric condition in which a person—usually a woman—experiences strong sexual desire for a man known for crimes that society considers repulsive. The “-philia” comes from a Greek word meaning “love for,” while “hybristo-“ is derived from Greek verb meaning “to commit an outrage against someone.” It is also known as “Bonnie & Clyde Syndrome.” […]

  • http://us-buy.info/prison-brides-hybristophilia-and-women-who-fall-in-love-with-really-bad-boys/ Prison Brides: ‘Hybristophilia’ And Women Who Fall In Love With REALLY Bad Boys – Window on the World

    […] “Hybristophilia” is a recognized psychiatric condition in which a person—usually a woman—experiences strong sexual desire for a man known for crimes that society considers repulsive. The “-philia” comes from a Greek word meaning “love for,” while “hybristo-“ is derived from Greek verb meaning “to commit an outrage against someone.” It is also known as “Bonnie & Clyde Syndrome.” […]

  • https://digitalproductone.net/2018/06/04/prison-brides-hybristophilia-and-women-who-fall-in-love-with-really-bad-boys/ Prison Brides: ‘Hybristophilia’ And Women Who Fall In Love With REALLY Bad Boys – Digital Product One

    […] “Hybristophilia” is a recognized psychiatric condition in which a person—usually a woman—experiences strong sexual desire for a man known for crimes that society considers repulsive. The “-philia” comes from a Greek word meaning “love for,” while “hybristo-“ is derived from Greek verb meaning “to commit an outrage against someone.” It is also known as “Bonnie & Clyde Syndrome.” […]

  • https://lovelybaby.life/prison-brides-hybristophilia-and-women-who-fall-in-love-with-really-bad-boys/ Prison Brides: Hybristophilia And Women Who Fall In Love With REALLY Bad Boys – Lovely Baby Life

    […] Hybristophilia is a recognized psychiatric condition in which a personusually a womanexperiences strong sexual desire for a man known for crimes that society considers repulsive. The -philia comes from a Greek word meaning love for, while hybristo- is derived from Greek verb meaning to commit an outrage against someone. It is also known as Bonnie & Clyde Syndrome. […]

  • http://bainb.com/wp/iandp/2018/07/29/christian-patterson/ Christian Patterson | Identity and Place

    […] Couples Who Fell In Love And Then Started Killing People. [online] Thought Catalog. Available at: https://thoughtcatalog.com/jim-goad/2015/07/13-couples-who-fell-in-love-and-then-started-killing-peo… [Accessed 29 Jul. […]

blog comments powered by Disqus