It isn’t hard to imagine why celebrities would naturally attract stalkers, especially in this day and age. The rise of the internet age has allowed people more access than ever before to their favorite celebrities — you can check out what they’re doing up to the minute on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and learn not just what they like and who they hang out with, but also where they go.
Here are a few celebs, both past and present, who have been stalked:
1. John Lennon
One of the most famous celebrities who was stalked was John Lennon, who died at the hands of his stalker Mark David Chapman on December 8th, 1980. Chapman, who had been mentally ill for some time, became obsessed with Lennon after he remarked that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” As a born-again Presbyterian, Chapman was angered by Lennon’s presumption, and became further incensed when Lennon declared that he didn’t believe in God.
He sneakily obtained a gun and ammunition from a friend, and camped out outside Lennon and Yoko Ono’s hotel in New York City. After missing him leaving in the morning, he waited all day until he returned in the evening, and fired five shots at his back. Lennon was dead by the time he reached the hospital.