It's not uncommon for imprisoned serial killers to receive letters from fascinated female admirers. But for the admirer to actually meet the murderer, fall in love and say “I do”? Most women would run the other way. However, sometimes a lover’s brutal past does not deter a woman from standing by their man. Here are the stories of ten women who were wooed by ten deadly men.
10. Rosalie Martinez Married Oscar Ray Bolin Jr.
Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. was tried and found guilty 10 separate times for the 1986 murders of Natalie Blanche Holley (age 25); Stephanie Collins (17); and Teri Lynn Matthews (26). While awaiting his execution date, Bolin was labeled as especially dangerous and a flight risk. Prior to his first murder trial, Bolin concocted an elaborate escape plan that involved kidnapping and holding hostage the relatives of the Hillsborough Sheriff and high-ranking sheriff's officials.
He married Rosalie Martinez, a socially prominent Tampa woman who acted as a member of his defense team for over a decade. Martinez had left her prominent attorney-husband and four young daughters to marry Bolin. A television audience of 12 million watched their wedding in 1996. It wasn't exactly a traditional ceremony.
She was in her apartment in Gainesville and he was in the county jail as they read out their vows over speakerphone at her apartment while she wore a wedding dress. There was a framed photo of Bolin to compensate for his absence. As newlyweds, they met every Saturday in the cafeteria of the state prison in Starke, Florida where they kissed, hugged and held hands.
On her visit days, Martinez would be escorted by armed guards to see her husband. She later said this made her feel as if she “was going in to see Hannibal Lector.” On the day of his execution, Bolin spent three hours with his wife.
9. Doreen Lioy Married Richard ‘The Nightstalker’ Ramirez
Ramirez's highly publicized home invasion crime spree terrorized the residents of the greater Los Angeles area and later the residents of the San Francisco area from June 1984 until August 1985.
He was found guilty of 13 counts of murder, 5 attempted murders, 14 burglaries, and 11 sexual assaults. His crimes were especially sadistic and brutal and he claimed to be a Satanist.
Beginning in 1985, Doreen Lioy, a former magazine editor, wrote him nearly 75 letters during his incarceration over an 11-year period. In 1988, Ramirez proposed to Lioy, and on October 3, 1996, they were married in California's San Quentin State Prison. For many years before Ramirez's death,
Lioy stated that she would commit suicide when Ramirez was executed. She was lonely in the years following the marriage as her family broke off communication with her upon the announcement of their engagement. In 2013, Ramirez died of complications from B-cell lymphoma while awaiting execution on California's death row at age 53.