She pines for 'dearest Anders', Norway's notorious mass killer

Victoria (not her real name) first contacted Breivik in 2007, when the two met through an online game.
Victoria (not her real name) first contacted Breivik in 2007, when the two met through an online game.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

STOCKHOLM • She calls him by his first name, sends him letters every week and promises to wait for him.

It could be any love story, but Victoria's heart belongs to a mass murderer: Anders Behring Breivik.

Responsible for Norway's worst peacetime killing since World War II, Breivik, like many other notorious killers, has his share of admirers, a phenomenon that can be accompanied by sexual attraction, and even has a name: hybristophilia.

"I wouldn't want to live a life without him," says Victoria, who does not want her real name published.

A young Swedish woman in her 20s, her voice cracks when she talks about her "dearest Anders".

EXPRESSING CONCERN

I care even more about him now that he is in such a vulnerable situation.

VICTORIA, on Anders Behring Breivik's isolation in prison

She is doing everything she can to obtain an easing of Breivik's prison conditions: He has spent the past four years in high-security isolation.

He is currently serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people on July 22, 2011, with a bomb near government offices in Oslo, before opening fire on a youth camp on the island of Utoya.

His sentence can be extended if he is still considered a danger to society. For Victoria, Breivik's isolation amounts to "torture".

"I care even more about him now that he is in such a vulnerable situation," she says.

Unemployed because of health issues, she writes to him to boost his morale - more than 150 letters so far - or sends him small gifts, including a dark blue tie which he occasionally wore during his trial.

In return, she received two letters from him, the others blocked by prison officials censoring his mail.

It's not easy to define her relationship with Breivik, a man she has never met, since all of her requests to visit him have been denied.

She describes him as both an "old friend" and a protective "brother figure", but admits to finding him attractive and that "there were romantic interests at first on my part".

Their first contact dates back to 2007 when they met through an online game. He cut off ties with her two years later, most likely to plan his attacks.

The weekly Morgenbladet reported last year that Breivik receives "at least" 800 letters a year, many from female admirers. During his trial, it emerged that a 16-year-old girl had asked him to marry her.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2015, with the headline 'She pines for 'dearest Anders', Norway's notorious mass killer'. Print Edition | Subscribe