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15 Convicted Killers Who Married in Prison

Updated May 15, 2019 130.4k views15 items

List of convicted killers who were married while in prison. While many people are fascinated with killers and what makes them tick, not many people ever go that extra mile to get to know them. A person who reads about a killer as if it were an interesting novel is not necessarily going out of their way to meet them. That’s what makes prison wives so captivating. What makes an ordinary woman, with thousands of potential suitors not behind bars, decide to marry a convicted killer? Why do they want a relationship with a man who has killed? What do they get out of the relationship?

Some psychologists believe that women who marry convicted killers do so because of low self-esteem and a desire to be loved by somebody dangerous. The reasons may also include a need to nurture somebody who’s damaged. Whatever the reason, prison wives don’t often follow the same logic as the rest of us. For some of these women, they’re convinced that their husband was framed. Others just think they can turn a vicious killer into someone to take home to your mother.

This list includes killers that managed to get married while in prison. Some are still married, while other wives figured out that marrying a known killer isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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  • Lyle Menendez

    Lyle Menendez and his brother Erik murdered their parents for their money. While in prison, he married Anna Eriksson who was his penpal for many years. They divorced after Eriksson discovered that Lyle was writing to another woman. He then married that other woman, Rebecca Sneed, in 2003. 
    • 48

      Erik Menendez helped murder his parents with the help of his brother Lyle. He married Tammi Ruth Saccoman over the telephone. Their wedding cake was a Twinkie. 

      • Age: 48
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      Philip Carl Jablonski killed 5 women from 1978-1991. While Jablonski was in prison for his first murder, he married Carol Spadoni. He later murdered her and her mother. 
      • Age: 75
    • Bobby Lee Harris

      Bobby Lee Harris killed his boss with a knife in 1991. Dagmar Polzin, a German waitress, saw his picture in an advertisement and fell in love. She moved to the U.S. to be near him.