On July 18, 1989, starlet Rebecca Schaeffer, made popular by her role in the TV sitcom My Sister Sam, was shot to death by her stalker. Statistics show that one in 12 women is at some time the victim of a stalker. What makes these obsessive people tick and what can you do to protect yourself and your family?
After Nicholas Claxton, 23, was fired from his job at the Maya del Sol restaurant in the Oak Park neighborhood of Chicago on July 23, police say he sent some threatening photos to his former employer. According to Chicago police, on July 28 Claxton sent restaurant owner Anan Abu-Taleb a photo of himself in a ballistic vest, wearing night vision goggles and holding a shotgun. He also allegedly sent photos of ammunition and the body armor panels that line ballistic armor.
Megan Meier, a blossoming 13-year old from a Missouri suburb, committed suicide after a jealous neighbor’s mother allegedly masqueraded as a courting teenage boy and feuded with her on MySpace.