Anders Behring Breivik, killer of 77 people in Oslo, Norway, in 2011, is getting marriage proposals from women. Last year, Nowergian weekly, Morgenbladet, reported last year that Breivik receives “at least” 800 letters a year, many of them from female admirers. During his 2012 trial, it emerged that a 16-year-old girl had asked him to marry her.
Another fan of the mass murderer is a 20-year old Swede identified as Victoria (not real name), who is doing everything she can to obtain an easing of Breivik’s prison conditions: he has spent the past four years in isolation at a high-security penitentiary.
He is currently serving a 21-year sentence, which can be extended if he is still considered a danger to society.
Breivik killed 77 people on July 22, 2011, when he set off a bomb near the government offices in Oslo and then opened fire on a Labour youth summer camp on the island of Utoya.
For Victoria, Breivik’s isolation amounts to ‘torture’.
“I care even more about him now that he is in such a vulnerable situation,” she said.
Unemployed because of health issues, she writes to him to help boost his morale – so far more than 150 letters – or sends him small gifts, including a dark blue tie he occasionally wore during his trial.
In return, she has received two letters from him – which she showed to AFP – the others having been blocked by prison officials tasked with censoring his mail.
It’s not easy to define her relationship with Breivik, a man she has never met since all of her requests to visit him have been denied.
She describes him as both her ‘old friend’ and a protective ‘brother figure’, but admits that she finds him attractive and “there were romantic interests, at first, at least from my part.”
She said their first contact dates back to 2007 when they met through an online game. He cut off ties with her two years later, most likely to concentrate on planning his attacks.
But in early 2012, Victoria reconnected with the man who by then had become the most hated person in Norway.
Victoria is seen as suffering from hybristophilia, a term used by criminologists to describe a sexual attraction to violent killers in prison, who often receive racy love letters or sexy undergarments from their fans.
Also known as the “Bonnie and Clyde syndrome”, it has existed throughout time and across borders.
Josef Fritzl of Austria, who held his daughter captive and raped her repeatedly for 25 years, and American killer Charles Manson also have their own fan clubs.