There are a lot of super-cool things about being famous, but having a psychotic stalker is not one of them. It comes with the territory of course, I suppose. When one becomes a star, everyone knows who you are. You have money, fame, and an adoring public. The only problem is, some of your adoring public is flat-out crazy, and they may become obsessed with you, and when that happens, things can get really weird really quickly.
What follows is a list of some of the very craziest celebrity stalkers out there. Some harassed celebrities through the mail or internet, some of them showed up on celebrities doorsteps, some of them even broke into their homes. Sadly, a few people on this list were actually murdered by their stalkers.
Why were these people so obsessed? Who knows, it differs from person to person. Some of them were in love with the celebrity and thought they were destined to be with them, and when you think about it, how scary is that? Okay, maybe these celebrities shouldn’t complain a whole lot when they are followed around by paparazzi trying to make a buck off their fame, but to be followed around by someone who means to do them harm? That is another thing entirely.
Stalkers are really scary people, and we rounded up some of the scariest. Here are 15 of the craziest celebrity stalkers. It will make you glad you are not famous.
15. Madonna- Robert Hoskins
Even Madonna is not immune to stalkers. She had one of the worst ones of them all, a guy named Robert Dewey Hoskins who was an escaped mental patient who stalked Madonna and threatened to kill her. He was shot by her own personal security force after climbing a fence at her home. He was sentenced to ten years in prison, so that should be the end of this story right? Wrong. After he was released from prison he was put in another mental institution, then he escaped and was supposedly after Halle Berry because he wanted to kill her. Ummm, hey Robert, why don’t you maybe stop threatening to kill all sorts of famous women and terrorizing them? It really is not a very good look. Thanks.
14. Sandra Bullock – Joshua Corbett
Sandra Bullock was chilling out in her home when all of a sudden she realized a man was inside of her house. She locked herself in a closet and called 911. When the cops came they arrested 39-year-old Joshua James Corbett. He had been hanging around outside her home for a few days before he decided to break in. The cops found a letter on him which said “You could of (sic) had me today however you choose other people over me. I’ll be around as you know. I love you. I love you and Louie (sic) and only want to be part of your lifes (sic) …I saw you come home after the AFI gala and only wished I was at the entrance to your heart when you came home.” Creepy much? He was charged with burglary and stalking.
13. Ivanka Trump- Justin Massler
Justin Massler had it kind of bad for Ivanka Trump. He was obsessed with her for years, would occasionally threaten to kill himself in her jewelry store over her, and would send her twitter photos of himself with blood all over him. Hey Justin, that emo stuff is never going to fly with a Trump. He has stalked other people as well, including model and art curator Lenora Claire, check out a portion of this letter he wrote to her: “Lenora I figured it all out: I really am Jesus Christ and the real Clark Kent/Superman but the people from Phillips Exeter Academy which is the real Smallville High School have all been literally brainwashed to not think or talk about this. i just ran into some people from Exeter here in Waikiki and I asked them about it and they froze up and stopped talking in the exact same brainwashed fashion that Scientologists do when you ask them about Xenu.” Ummm what? Massler has been arrested for stalking both Trump and Claire.
12. Rebecca Schaeffer- Robert Bardo
Sometimes stalkers really do snap, and don’t just terrorize their victims – sometimes the results are truly tragic. Such was the case when Robert Bardo killed actress Rebecca Schaeffer. Bardo had stalked her for years and hired a detective agency to get her address. He was mad at her because she was in a sex scene in the movie Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills and he felt that he “lost her innocence.” He showed up at her apartment and got her to sign an autograph, then he took off. He came back about an hour later, rang her doorbell, and when she opened the door he shot her, and she died. Bardo was later arrested wandering around aimlessly in traffic, and is serving life in prison.
11. Selena Gomez- Thomas Brodnicki
Next on our list of total and complete creeps is Thomas Brodnicki, a 46-year-old man who had it bad for Selena Gomez. How bad did he have it? Well, he used to have conversations with God about killing her, and when you think about it, that is pretty bad. She got a restraining order on him, so when he was in court he said: “I do not wish to object to the restraining order against me because I know it is the only thing that will make me stay away from Selena.” This weirdo had been arrested previously for stalking other women, and had flown to Los Angeles from Chicago on three different occasions to try and meet her. Hey man, sure Selena is cool and all, but leave her alone maybe? He was last heard from a few years ago when he sent her an email that said “I love you more with each passing day.”
10. David Letterman- Mary Margaret Ray
It is not just the ladies that get the special treatment, guys do too sometimes. If you don’t believe me, just ask David Letterman, he had one of the very craziest stalkers of them all. Margaret Mary Ray was arrested no less than eight times for trespassing on Letterman’s property, where she would often leave cookies.The first time was when she got busted for stealing his Porsche; when she was busted she told the arresting officers that she was his wife. She served a total of 34 months in prisons or psychiatric hospitals for her crimes related to Letterman. She died in 1998 by kneeling in front of a speeding train in Colorado. Letterman expressed sympathy after her death.
9. Uma Thurman- Jack Jordan
Jack Jordan had it bad for Uma Thurman. Which is okay unto itself, but like all of the others on this list, he didn’t really seem to get that he was going just a tad too far. He was convicted of stalking Uma Thurman in 2008, for sending her drawings and greeting cards that were sexual and violent. He did this for years without stopping. Okay, so I get how you can buy a sexually suggestive greeting card but a violent one? Who sells violent greeting cards? There does not seem to be a huge market for that type of thing. He was sentenced to probation, but ended up violating its terms, and wound up being incarcerated for close to a year. Not surprisingly, mental health issues were at the root of many of the issues with Mr. Jordan.
8. Alec Baldwin- Genevieve Sabourin
All right, so all of these are super-weird, but this one? What was this chick thinking? She claims that she and Baldwin had a brief sexual relationship. He denies that, and says he just took her out to dinner once. Either way it apparently caused her to flip out and harass Baldwin and his family by email and telephone and to constantly show up at his house. She ended up getting six months in Rikers. She does not seem to get the whole stalking thing though as she told Radar: “I don’t have his side of the story, so I feel like I don’t have the full truth. I wanted to understand his side. On my quest for closure, I want to understand why he did this to me.” Uhh, Genevieve, let it go maybe? You are kind of freaky.
7. Gwyneth Paltrow- Dante Solu
There is something about getting letters in the mail that is so charming and so old school. There really is nothing that shows you care more than writing someone a letter. Sending someone you don’t know five letters a day though? Well, that is kind of a bit much. Tell that to Dante Michael Soiu. He sent Gwyneth Paltrow five letters a day, but that was not enough to show her how much he cared, he also sent her boxes of adult films. Guys, here is a pro tip, never send a woman you like a box filled with adult films. Paltrow seemed to be able to roll with this until he went to her parents’ house and said that he wanted to “cut the sin” out of her by using “God’s scalpel.” He was declared legally insane and hospitalized in California, where they presumably do not let him have stamps.
6. Paris Hilton- James Rainford
While a lot of people might not agree with his taste in women, James Rainford really liked Paris Hilton. A bit too much in fact. He was busted for trespassing and then was convicted of attacking her then boyfriend Cy Waits. For that he was sentenced to 227 days in jail; he got out after 24 days, and then decided to go hang out on the beach right outside of her house where he was arrested again. Hilton then tweeted: ‘My stalker needs to leave me alone. Creep.’ That was the last time that Rainford was busted for doing anything creepy and stalkerish that we know of, so hopefully he decided to leave her alone. Paris is not the coolest chick out there, but no one deserves to be stalked.
5. Blake Lively- Sergei Mifle
Poor Blake Lively, there she was just doing her own thing, without ever even knowing that she had a metaphysical connection with a total weirdo! She found out when her own personal stalker Sergei Mifle started showing up regularly on the set of Gossip Girl and telling her that he had a “metaphysical connection” with her. When that didn’t work he started bugging Blake’s mom. They got an emergency restraining order on him for three years, which thankfully he did not violate. Hey Sergei, here is a pro tip for you. If you think that you have a metaphysical connection with someone, and they don’t have any idea what you are talking about, the odds are that they are right, and you are wrong. Look up the word “connection” maybe?
4. Alyson Hannigan- John Hobbs
We all love Alyson Hannigan. How could we not? She was so amazing on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Pie, and How I Met Your Mother. But as much as we all love her, we do not love her as much as John Hobbs, and thank God for that. Hobbs contacted her online, and threatened to kill her. In court papers, she said she was “in severe fear for my safety and the safety of my family.” One Facebook message he sent read: “With that said, in 2013 I still can marry you tomorrow. I can kill you tomorrow too. Cause I simply like and love you as you live life. Aly … It doesn’t end. Even after death.” She was able to get a three year restraining order against him, which he does not appear to have violated.
3. Christina Grimmie- Kevin Loibl
This case was a particularly sad one. Loibl was obsessed with Grimmie and according to this: “had a number of cosmetic procedures and even turned vegan in an attempt to become her boyfriend. His former colleagues have claimed Loibl was so infatuated with the singer, he is said to have undergone a hair transplant, laser eye surgery and stopped eating meat to lose weight, so he could impress her.” Grimmie was shot four times by Loibl while she was signing autographs after a concert in Orlando. Loibl then shot and killed himself. Cases like this one are the reason that celebrities and the court system take these cases so seriously. Someone that might seem like a harmless weirdo can turn into a cold-blooded killer in seconds.
2. John Lennon- Mark David Chapman
This is probably the most famous stalker case of all time; the murder of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman. He shot Lennon five times outside of a building in New York City, after becoming obsessed with the thought of Lennon being a phony. He was quoted as saying: “He told us to imagine no possessions, and there he was, with millions of dollars and yachts and farms and country estates, laughing at people like me who had believed the lies and bought the records and built a big part of their lives around his music.” Lennon was arguably the most famous and well-respected musician in the world at the time of his death, and Chapman’s actions reverberated around the world for a very long time. He is still in prison and was scheduled for a parole hearing in August of 2016.
1. Jodie Foster- John Hinckley
Jon Hinckley had it totally bad for Jodie Foster. He moved close to her home to stalk her. He would put poems and messages under her door, and call her over and over. Jodie was not impressed, however, so he started to fantasize about committing suicide in front of her. I mean, she would notice that, right? He finally settled on killing Ronald Reagan, the president of the USA. Now that would have to get her attention, right? He wrote to her: “Over the past seven months I’ve left you dozens of poems, letters and love messages in the faint hope that you could develop an interest in me. Although we talked on the phone a couple of times I never had the nerve to simply approach you and introduce myself…. The reason I’m going ahead with this attempt now is because I cannot wait any longer to impress you.” He took six shots at Reagan, wounding him and severely wounding press secretary James Brady. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and still resides in a mental institution, although he has been allowed some home visits. Needless to say, Jodie Foster was not impressed.