Deplorable Men Need Love Too


She went on to become a Siberian housewife. He went on to call for the executions of ten million Russians. But she thought back on their evenings drinking and dancing. He sang songs to her in his sweet, high voice.

Behind every dictator is a woman who sees something redeemable in him. For n+1, Shawn Wen briefly explores the lives of eight different women who crossed paths with notorious men. Not surprisingly, loving a man capable of terrible things frequently doesn’t end well for the women. But sometimes, life just goes on.

Tamara Matthews is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor. Visit or find her on Twitter: @writingtoatee. More from this author →