"Personally, I don't dislike you. I admire your boldness and decision of character, in spite of your crimes." (Narrator to Jesse James)
This strikes me as the crux of every relationship with a good western outlaw. Despite their savagery and brutality, there is something compelling about these figures. A good outlaw attracts us at the same time his actions repulse us. Is it this "boldness and decision of character" that make us fall in love?