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Stranger Stalking

This category of stalking involves an offender who has no known prior relationship to the victim and includes five types of stalkers:

  1. Stranger-Power/Anger Stalkers - Primarily men who look for random victims to control, intimidate and harm. These men exhibit anti-social characteristics and, as a result of their own lack of self-confidence and self-esteem, they hunt for proxy victims upon which to vent their anger.
  2. Stranger-Obsessional Stalkers - Individuals who suffer from a variety of psychological disorders including paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and dissociative disorders. They generally should be considere dangerous because of their level of unpredictability. Obsessionals attach because they have come to learn or believe something about another person or organisation that may be completely false but that acts as a catalyst for the attachment.
  3. Stranger-Nuisance Stalkers - Tend to be loners looking to connect with others in some medium. They range from teens to middle-aged men who frequently used the internet to meet and harass victims. They enjoy the sense of freedom they have in tampering with web pages or sending obscene messages. 
  4. Stranger-Sexual Predator Stalkers - Some of the most dangerous offenders known to the criminal justice system. They include rapists, pedophiles, child molesters and paraphiliacs. They are dangerous because the outcome is frequently the actual sexual assault of a victim or psychology sexual violence of a victim. 
  5. Stranger-Erotomaniac - An erotomaniac is a stalker who attaches himself or herself to another person because the stalker believes that the person wants the attention and is in love with him or her. The victims are usually persons of public prominence. The offenders are often irrational and obsessive in their stalking behaviours. 

Pictured above is Dennis Rader, the serial killer known as BTK. He would frequently stalk his victims prior to their murder.

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Over 6 million people are stalked each year in the United States. One in six women, one in nineteen men. Stalking is the unwanted or obsessive attention from one person to another. It’s driven by rejection, jealousy, revenge. Stalking can be the result of a relationship gone wrong or delusional fixations that are pushed to extremes. Anyone can be a stalker. Ex-boyfriend, spouse, stranger. Anyone can be a victim, and it’s on the rise. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder,  whatever app is hot today, we have too much access to one another. Social media is the number one reason stalking cases have tripled in the last decade. That’s where I come in. I run TAU, the threat assessment unit of the LAPD. We are responsible for all stalking cases and threats to individuals, as well as politicians and city employees. It is our job to assess the level of threat in any situation and respond accordingly. Stalking makes up only 10% of all stalking cases. Most victims are like you and me.

I love S.T.A.L.K.E.R. because the randomly-generated names give rise to extraordinary circumstances. For instance:

I’m watching my weight for my new boyfriend. His name… is

(Sure, Stalker).

Alternatively, you have my personal favorite, Danko the Hedgehog.

(These guys were in the same room by the way - killed by the bloodsuckers in Zaton).