12 Celebrities Who Had Stalkers
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.
2. Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman was stalked for years by a man named Jack Jordan, who claimed that he had elaborate visions that he believed were proof that he and Thurman, as well as her two children, were meant to be together.
In 2007, after two years of continual stalking, Jordan was sentenced to one charge of criminal stalking, as well as three charges of aggravated harassment. These harassment charges were added on after evidence was presented by Thurman’s friends and family in the trial that proved that he made violent threats towards them.
3. Jodie Foster
After seeing the film Taxi Driver in 1976, John Hinckley, Jr. became obsessed with Jodie Foster, who appeared in the film as a young prostitute. In an effort to get closer to her, he enrolled in a writing class at Yale, where she was a student at the time. He started slipping notes under her door, but saw no results. He started fantasising about a big action that would get her attention, and finally decided that he would attempt to assassinate the president, just like the protagonist in Taxi Driver.
In 1981, he took aim and shot at President Ronald Reagan as he was leaving a hotel in Washington, DC. At his trial, he plead not guilty by reasons of insanity, and was acquitted.