Celebrities killed by obsessed fans
Obsession in Death (In Death, #40) by J.D. RobbTheres a thin line between hero worship and dangerous obsession...the explosive new Eve Dallas and Roarke thriller
A crisp winter morning in New York. In a luxury apartment, the body of a woman lies stretched out on a huge bed. On the wall above, the killer has left a message in bold black ink: FOR LIEUTENANT EVE DALLAS, WITH GREAT ADMIRATION AND UNDERSTANDING.
Eve Dallas is used to unwanted attention. Famous for her high-profile cases and her marriage to billionaire businessman Roarke, she has learned to deal with intense public scrutiny and media gossip. But now Eve has become the object of a singular and deadly obsession. She has an admirer, who just cant stop thinking about her. Who is convinced they have a special bond. Who is planning to kill for her - again and again...
With time against her, Eve is forced to play a delicate - and dangerous - psychological dance. Because the killer is desperate for something Eve can never provide - approval. And once that becomes clear, Eve knows her own life will be at risk - along with those she cares about the most.
What propels our fascination with celebrities, and, more importantly, why is that so seductive that it becomes pathological? A stalker: all of them faced serious problems with obsessed fans who assaulted, threatened or broke into their homes. Many artists had to seek protection from the courts and obtained restraining orders; in other cases, fan-stalkers ended up serving time for their excesses. Studies indicate the answer depends on who loves them, and why they love them. Stuart Fischoff was a famous media psychology at the University of California who dedicated most of his life to the study of the cult of celebrities. Fischoff defended that the need to find an idol and follow him or her is part of our genetic constitution.
In July , actress Rebecca Schaeffer was on the verge of becoming a big star. She was 21 years old and living in Los Angeles with a bright career ahead of her. But Schaeffer's life was tragically cut short when Robert Bardo , an obsessed fan who had stalked her , traveled nearly miles and killed her. She was beautiful. She was funny. Schaeffer was born in in Oregon to child psychologist Benson Schaeffer and writer Danna Schaeffer. She really sort of learned by looking and doing and it was easy.
Not to mention, the fresh-faced brunette had been on the magazine's March cover. When the bell rang at a. The P. Bardo got his older brother, Edward, to buy him a gun, his own attempt unsuccessful after he told the gun store owner about his history of mental illness. He bought a. Celebrities Who Were Murdered. He felt that they were kindred spirits, both shy and genuine, and he started sending her tokens of his ultimately deranged affection.
Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer (November 6, – July 18, ) was an American model and in Beverly Hills. At the age of 21, Schaeffer was murdered by a fan who had been stalking her. He had previously been obsessed with child peace activist Samantha Smith, but she died in a plane crash in He then wrote.
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At 21 years old, Schaeffer was shot to death at the door of her Los Angeles apartment on July 19, , by obsessed fan Robert Bardo. Criminal penalties for stalking have also been adopted in other states. But they can eventually put a stop to the threats. The sentences, Segall said, allow stalking victims to again feel safer. Men who stalked Gomez and Berry have been convicted and ordered to undergo psychological counseling. Detectives in the unit routinely testify against suspected stalkers in criminal and civil courts, and are increasingly searching social media and online sites for evidence of stalking. He said it was up to policymakers to determine if more changes are needed now, with celebrity access, including home addresses, increasingly available online.