Why? As Erin eloquently stated, “You violated me and you violated all women,” and “You are a sexual predator, a sexual deviant and they should lock you up.”
Result: U.S. District Judge Manuel Real said he gave Barrett the maximum sentence under the law. Sentenced to 30 months in prison. “The victim, Andrews, will be suffering with this problem for the rest of her life,” Real said. “There is no life sentence that can be imposed upon him, except his own guilt.” He will not be allowed to stay in a hotel without approval of a probation officer and if he accepts employment somewhere, Andrews will be notified. Barrett was also ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and $7,366 in restitution, but the judge said further restitution may be imposed to compensate ESPN.
Stalked by: Cristin Keleher (self-employed musician)
What did she do? In 1999, 27-year-old Keleher broke into his Maui home, did some laundry, and ate his pizza.
Why? Harrison had been the object of Keleher’s stalker fantasies for years.
Result: She eventually served four months in prison for burglary and theft after the prosecution said she had been stalking Harrison for years. She was released in August 2000. She was found dead in 2006 after being the victim of an apparent murder-suicide in California.
Also Stalked by: Michael Abram (a 34 year old father of two)
What did he do? Just weeks after Ms. Keleher was found in his Hawaii home, Harrison was seriously injured after being stabbed by Abram at his British mansion at Oxfordshire. He recovered from the attack.
Why? Abram’s mother said her son “hates the Beatles and even believes they are witches and takes their music seriously.”
Result: He was found not guilty of the attempted murder of former Beatle George Harrison and his wife Olivia, by reason of insanity. The Judge ordered that Abram be detailed at a secure hospital indefinitely. After his 2 day trial, Abram was taken to The Scott Clinic in St Helens for treatment.
Stalked by: Athena Rolando (a wannabe actress)
What did she do? Broke into Brad Pitt’s L.A. house in 2000 and was found wearing his clothes and carrying a voodoo doll. A judge issued Pitt a protective order against Rolando, but she violated it by sending him chocolates and flowers.
Why? She was a lovesick teen stalker.
Result: Rolando was only sentenced to three years probation, and hasn’t been heard from since.
Stalked by: Margaret Mary Ray (a schizophrenic)
What did she do? Began sending letters to the talk show host in 1988 and repeatedly broke into his home. Letterman and his now wife, Regina Lasko, once woke up to find Ray staring at them from the hallway, and he first learned of her obsession when Ray stole his Porsche from his driveway.
Result: Ray was arrested in 1988 for joyriding with her 3-year-old son in David Letterman’s stolen Porsche. It was the first of eight arrests on trespassing and similar charges levied against the schizophrenic mom. The stalker was sentenced to 10 months in prison for harassing the late night host. She committed suicide in 1998, and Letterman publicly expressed his sympathy to her family on his show.
Stalked by: Paula Goodspeed
What did she do? Goodspeed, who had appeared on “Idol” as a contestant in 2005, and dismissed with derisive comments from judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson – Abdul received more than 100 letters, numerous phone calls and uninvited visits from Goodspeed.
Why? Goodspeed felt they had a connection – she had legally changed her first name from Sandra to Paula.
Result: Goodspeed died outside of Abdul’s house of an apparent suicide from what police believe was a drug overdose. Her mother had reported her missing, directing officers to Abdul’s neighborhood and expressing fears Goodspeed was suicidal. The day before, she had sent Abdul flowers.
Stalked by: Edward Van Tassal (an Iraq war veteran)
What did he do? Van Tassal turned up at the actor’s Beverly Hills mansion, repeatedly trying to hand-deliver a letter to Cruise.
Why? He wanted to enlist Cruise in a campaign to help other veterans.
Result: Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge George Eskin issued a restraining order against the 29-year-old, who was also arrested for brandishing a gun on the Los Angeles Freeway.
Stalked by: Rev. David Ajemian
What did he do? The stalker Catholic priest sent threatening letters and DVDs to Conan.
Why? He believed he went to school with Conan, at Harvard University, but Conan has no recollection of ever meeting him.
Result: Ajemian pleaded guilty in 2007 to disorderly conduct and agreed to stay away from the late-night talk-show host. He was placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Boston after the scandal broke and was later stripped of his priestly duties entirely.
Stalked by: Matthew Hooker (a self-styled poet and screenwriter)
What did he do? Hooker had contacted her by phone and by letter and came to her house twice in April saying he wanted to take her out for an ice-cream, and later to the ballet.He had also written asking if he could tutor her two children, adding that this “would give us the chance to get to know each other”. He was also running for president, making his own movie, and had some creepy-but-funny web sites for both.
Why? He said he was “strongly attracted” to Kidman and believed that they were soulmates.
Result: Kidman filed a restraining order on Hooker. In 2007, he moved to San Francisco and cut a woman in a bar using a broken glass.
Stalked by: Yolanda Saldívar (a registered nurse and the president of her fan club)
What did she do? Saldívar approached Selena’s father with the idea of starting a fan club. Her wish was granted and she became the club’s president; later she became the manager of Selena’s clothing boutiques. Saldívar shot her, and before collapsing to the floor in a hotel lobby, Selena named Saldívar as her assailant and gave the room number where she had been shot.
Why? In early 1995, the Quintanillas discovered that Saldívar was embezzling money from the fan club, and decided to fire her. Selena told Saldívar that she could not be trusted anymore. She admitted to killing her because she didn’t want to be apart from her.
Result: After murdering Selena, Saldivar entered her red pickup truck, where she held police at bay while holding a gun to her left temple. She surrendered peacefully to the police after nine and a half hours. In October 1995, a Houston jury convicted Saldívar of first degree murder and sentenced her to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for thirty years.
Stalked by: Masahiko Shizawa (a 43-year old Japanese computer programmer and inventor)
What did he do? He sent Spears hundreds of letters, photos of himself and notes saying “I’m chasing you”. Then he tried to break into her homes in both L.A. and Louisiana.
Why? A California judge called him “abnormally obsessed” with the star. His lawyer claimed it was just a cultural misunderstanding.
Result: Spears was granted a three-year restraining order and he was sent back to Japan; however, now he suing Spears – saying her bodyguards caused him extreme emotional distress when they brandished a gun and told him to leave the area.
Stalked by: Robert John Bardo
What did he do? For 3 years, Bardo wrote her letters and traveled to LA to see her at the My Sister Sam set. For $250 he got her home address from the California DMV via a Tucson detective agency. His brother helped him get a handgun because he was underage. On July 18, 1989, Schaeffer was murdered by Bardo, when she answered the door of her apartment.
Why? Bardo had become fixated on Schaeffer after his previous fixation, child peace activist Samantha Smith, was killed in an airplane crash. After viewing Schaeffer’s film in which she appeared in bed with a male actor, Bardo became enraged and decided that Schaeffer should be punished for becoming “another Hollywood whore”.
Result: Bardo was tried by prosecutor Marcia Clark, who later became famous for her role in the O.J. Simpson trial. Convicted of capital murder in a bench trial, Bardo was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Following Schaeffer’s murder, California laws regarding the release of personal information through the DMV were drastically changed. The Driver’s Privacy Protection Act was enacted in 1994, which prevents the DMV from releasing private addresses. However, the law’s effect has subsequently been diminished by online address search services.
Stalked by: Ricardo Lopez
What did he do? Lopez documented himself via video for weeks leading up to the event where he sent her an acid bomb, in the aim of seriously maiming her. Thankfully, it was intercepted in the mail system before it reached her.
Why? He was obsessed and deranged.
Result: He killed himself on video.
Stalked by: Gert van der Graaf (a Dutch fork-lift truck driver)
What did he do? He was so obsessed by the ABBA singer that he moved into a house next her. They met and became a couple, which lasted for two years – until she came to her senses. After they broke up he became obsessed with her and repeatedly was seen on the grounds of her large mansion.
Why? He is obsessed.
Result: In 2003 he was arrested when he tried to break into her house and was sentenced. A court had previously ordered that he should be expelled and issued a restraining order. He was later deported from Sweden. Falkskog has lived the life of a recluse since fleeing to a remote farmhouse in Sweden, shortly after ABBA split in 1983. In 2005, the ban against his entry to Sweden expired and neighbours spotted him near Faltskog’s home in Ekero, west of Stockholm.
Stalked by: Heidemarie Schnitzer (Austrian)
What did she do? She stalked and sent death threats to Caruso, his daughter Greta, and Liza Marquez (the mother of his two youngest children). In April 2008, Schnitzer failed to appear for trial and fled Austria for Mexico’s Baja peninsula, presumably to be closer to David Caruso.
Why? She is mentally unbalanced.
Result: She was indicted for stalking and in October 2008, Austrian Judge Guenther Boehler issued an International Warrant for Schnitzer’s arrest. Schnitzer remains at large in Mexico and fears are mounting that she may attempt to breach the US/Mexico border, travel to Los Angeles and carry out her threats against Caruso and his family. While in hiding, Schnitzer uses the Internet to promote her hatred of Caruso on hundreds of sites and forums.
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