Sunday, 4 September 2011
Experts are shocked people from across the globe have been sending mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik letters during his time in solitary confinement.

The terms of his custody in Ila Prison prohibit any contact with the outside world. Letters come from females such as Christians who wish to heal him, women playing the mother’s role, and even those who support of him.

Prison Director Knut Bjarkeid and police lawyer Pål-Fredrik Hjort Kraby do not wish to comment on the matter. However, Professor of Psychology, Frode Thuen, tells VG he is “stunned”, alleging the women who write such letters need some form of help.

“There is every reason to believe that these are quite misguided and deranged women who struggle with themselves. They often have a kind of notion that they can make a difference, a desire for a type of healing, salvation and care. They think they should get him on back on track and take some sort of responsibility for his rehabilitation.”
Other experts are slightly puzzled. There is little research why some members of the public wish to contact a mass murderer.

“This is nothing new. There are some women attracted to criminals who have committed extreme acts, like rape and murder. In this case, perhaps it had something to do with his appearance as well. It is not known what lies behind this attraction to radical men,” says Psychologist and sexologist Thore Langfeldt.

Meanwhile, Kjell Arnold Nyhus, Chaplain for Hamar and Ilseng Prisons is not surprised after working behind jailhouse walls for some years.

“There are so many different people in society verging on madness that could think of doing something like this. [Nevertheless] many of these women have no prior association with drug-related or criminal environments, but still fall for chronic criminals,” he says.
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