This story is (yet another) terrible tragedy of a stalking case gone bad.
The video, “Stalking: Real Fear, Real Crime,” is a training tape produced through the collaborative efforts of the National Center for Victims of Crime, Lifetime Television, and LMNO Productions.
This 18-minute training tape was inspired by the tragic death of Peggy Klinke. Ms. Klinke was stalked and murdered by her ex-boyfriend in January 2003.
While the tape is designed primarily for use with law enforcement officers, it is an educational tool that can be used with a wide variety of audiences. The first segment of the tape portrays Peggy’s story and illustrates the methods stalkers use to terrorize their victims and the dramatic effect of stalking on victims’ lives. Retired Lieutenant Mark Wynn, nationally recognized stalking expert and law enforcement trainer, is featured in the second segment.
Stalking is a lethal crime. It affects more than one million women and nearly 400,000 men in America each year. Tragically, seventy-six percent of female homicide victims were also stalked in the year prior to their murder. More than half of these victims reported the stalking to police before being murdered.
It is the hope of Peggy Klinke’s family that this tape will give officers the information and tools they need to effectively intervene in stalking cases.
Compliments of Lifetime Television and the National Center for Victim’s of Crime National Stalking Resource Center.
(Have friends or family in law enforcement? Tweet this post or send them a link on Facebook – hopefully it can remind them of how they can make all the difference in a stalking case.)
Until next time… keep safe and sane…