The word celebrity comes with glamour, attention, and wealth; perhaps that’s why everyone wishes to own this title. However, the name celebrity also carries with it equal share of horrifying moments that you wouldn’t even wish for your worst enemy. Such moments include harassment and stalking from persons whose obsession has gone too far from normal. Here are some of the craziest celebrity stalking cases of all time:
Beyonce stalker, Bassey Essien, takes the biscuit. Essien believed that Beyonce died a long time ago, and the one who graces our screens is just an impostor. According to the court papers which were leaked on the internet, this stalker had been sending threatening tweets to Beyonce since 2009. Luckily, a London court granted the superstar an anti-harassment order against Essien in 2011.
2) Richard Ramirez
Richard Ramirez was a renowned serial killer in 1985 that used to break into people’s houses and murdering them in their beds. His acts used to send shivers down Los Angeles residents’ spine, but not to Doreen Lioy, a magazine editor by then.
Doreen fell in love with the serial killer, the first time she laid eyes on him through a police mug shot on TV. She claimed that his eyes captivated her. Later, her admiration resulted in an endless obsession that saw her writing love letters to the killer and eventually getting engaged to him in 1988.
3) Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton is most fondly known for her number “Jolene.” But, little did she know that the same name would cause her some trouble in her life. One day, as she was coming back to her house, she found a baby placed inside a box along with writings that read “My name is Jolene; my momma … wants you to have me.” Fortunately, Parton was able to call the social workers who came and took the baby with them.
4) Queen Victoria
Edward Jones, famously known as the “Buckingham Palace Intruder,” was so obsessed with Queen Victoria of England in the 19th century. He is famously remembered for having broken into the Queen’s dressing room stuffing her undergarments in his trousers, and leaving behind an open letter to her “darling.” The intruder was later arrested but was released after the judge found him not guilty of the charges.
5) Mark Zuckerberg
In 2011, the courts gave Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and founder, a restraining order against his stalker, Pradeep Manukonda. Manukonda was perpetually sending Zuckerberg life-threatening Facebook and handwritten messages demanding money from him.
Moreover, the stalker tried to physically harm Zuckerberg’s sister and his girlfriend (now his wife) and was spotted loitering around Facebook headquarters. However, when he was asked, Manukonda claimed that he had no bad intentions, but was only seeking the billionaire’s advice on his personal matters.
It is one thing to have fans love and appreciate what you do – as a celebrity – and it’s totally a different ball game having people stalking you under the pretext of obsession. When an obsession crosses the line and becomes annoying and life-threatening then one has to seek legal redress to protect them from any unforeseeable harm.