Being that the story of “Bonnie and Clyde” is often romanticized—and being my novel is about them—it’s not surprising my post for this week’s topic of “love” is about the duo.
Throughout all the anecdotes I’ve come across in my research, Bonnie and Clyde’s love has always been depicted as instantaneous. Boom. The very essence of “insta love.”
Of course, in BECOMING BONNIE, I try to put some meat on the bones of their relationship to avoid that trope. I also try to create an understanding of how and why they fell for each other (with original lyrics to narrate their love story), and how and why they fell into their life of crime (while still fully asserting what they did was horribly wrong).
Regardless, in both my book and real life, the two were devoted to each other, time and time again risking their lives to stay together. In fact, Bonnie and Clyde even made a death pact. That’s some serious stuff, and some may wonder what made Bonnie stick it out with Clyde.
Turns out, there may be a scientific reasoning for Bonnie’s devotion to Clyde. Recent research has shown that Bonnie may’ve had a mental disorder, known as hybristophilia, a sexual fetish that creates an attraction to violent men. Clyde’s not the only bad boy Bonn fell for. She also married a man named Roy, who spent his fair share of time behind bars.
Over the years, there’s been other infamous examples of hybristophilia: the gaggle of women who wrote love letters and attended the trial of Ted Bundy, the many groupies of Charles Manson, and Jeffrey Dahmer‘s admirers, who sent him countless gifts and money while he was in prison.
But Bonnie and Clyde take the cake, with hybristophilia even being known as the “Bonnie and Clyde Syndrome.” Yikes.
Note: In BECOMING BONNIE, my Bonnie is sound of mind (mostly).
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