Ha. That’s the first time I’ve heard of anyone having a Peter Lorre in M fetish. I’m sure you’re not alone in your preferences, but it’s certainly unique. The thing is, you do have a “creep-dar.” More of a creep homing beacon, actually. You’re just choosing to ignore it.
Okay, so maybe you have unique tastes in guys. Look back at all the creeps you’ve dated. At what point did they go from attractive to total creep? Certainly there were signs that you ignored. If nothing else, the guys probably had a few traits in common. Were they all narcissistic? Prone to mood swings? Rude to waiters? If any of us really looked at who we date we’d notice patterns. Look for the similarities between these guys–the things that attracted you to them as well as the things that make them repellent scumbag creeps. Also, think about why you’re attracted to guys who are bad news. Is it a self-confidence issue? Do you think that you can’t do any better? Do you crave drama? Are you more attracted to someone who treats you like crap?
Breaking your pattern isn’t going to be easy. Dating jerks can be an addiction like anything else. The trick will be to find someone who you’re attracted to who also doesn’t look like he should be on some sort of government watch list. If all else fails, watch the Lonely Island and Nicki Minaj’s “Creep” video. If the guy at all resembles anyone in that video, run the other way.