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15 Extreme Celebrity Stalker Cases

His former American Idol co-worker Paula Abdul didn’t make it on the list (I’m assuming because her situation involved a suicide rather than a murder attempt), but Ryan Seacrest — along with stars like Madonna, Mick Jagger, 50 Cent, and Jewel – made PopCrunch’s recent 15 of the Most Bizarre Celebrity Murder Attempts, and I’m kind of surprised I never heard about it.

I mean, when a highly trained member of the US Special Forces is arrested for “wandering the halls of the E! offices in search of” one of the world’s most in-demand celebrity hosts – with a knife, no less — you’d think Google Alerts would, I don’t know, give a heads up or something.

In any event, the PopCrunch article gives a brief look at each of the 15 celebrity murder attempts and their attackers, which not every one of you will be interested in, but, it also includes a little insight on celebrity stalkers:

This kind of serious stalking can be scary, life-threatening, and is typically indicative of a serious mental illness which has spiraled out of control and manifested itself as a relentless obsession with another person. Celebrity stalking is particularly strange because the perpetrators are fixated on a person they’ve never met, and often become convinced that the star communicates with them using secret messages on their television or radio performances. Many of these stalkers are violent and have the same goal: taking a person’s life.

Obviously, you don’t have to be a celebrity to become the object of a stalker. If you think you or anyone you know might be dealing with a stalker, check out the resources included in Celebrity or Not: Resources for Dealing with Stalkers.

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15 Extreme Celebrity Stalker Cases

Alicia Sparks

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Sparks, A. (2011). 15 Extreme Celebrity Stalker Cases. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 18, 2018, from


Last updated: 18 Dec 2011
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 18 Dec 2011
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