Fatema Saira Rehman, the woman who wrote to and later married notorious lifer Charles Bronson, once said of her correspondence; “I never expected anything.
Their motivation is born from compassion, low self-esteem or ill-advised intentions.However there are others who are attracted to men who commit extreme acts of violence, such as rape or murder.Are they lonely creatures in search of emotional dependence from a captive audience?Or manipulative sociopaths living vicariously through ‘celebrity’ prisoners?Not so for the increasing number of ladies who write to strangers in prison.
Prior to the internet, prison pen pals relied on snail mail.
When looking for a partner, the majority of women cite good sense of humour as an essential requirement.
And in the shark infested world of online dating, we assume their only experience of porridge to be the kind found on the breakfast table.
In the UK, people who wish to write letters to inmates can do so via
Prisoners in the UK have no direct access to social media or the internet in general, and letters are still the preferred means of communication.
Georgina Rigby was 28 and working in the field of drug misuse when an inmate contacted her.