Celebrity! A word with which comes pouring in not only fame, fortune and oodles of cash but also an overly obsessed fan or two. From people who try to assassinate the president to impress the ones they love, to crazies who want to cut someone up and feed them to their dogs and not necessarily because God or Satan told them to, although that’s certainly on the table too. Check out some seriously creepy celebrity stalker stories below and try not to get too freaked out.
Queen Bey’s stalker, Bassey Essien, convinced himself that the real Bey had been killed by an impostor Beyonce who was living the pop star’s life. Essien sent Bey threatening letters back in 2009, probably claiming to out her as a fraud. When the diva performed in London at the Sound of Change concert, Bey’s security detail was briefed on this guy to make sure he was nowhere near the singer.
Back in 2002, Masahiko Shizawa, who claimed to be madly in love with Brit, began sending her love letters, e-mails and pictures of himself along with messages like “I’m chasing you.” A restraining order was issued, but the Japan native still stalked Brit outside her houses, trying to gain entry wherever he could. Then, in an odd turn of events, he ended up trying to sue Spears after a confrontation ensued with her bodyguards outside of her house. He claimed he suffered “extreme emotional stress” after one of Brit’s protectors pointed a gun at the man. However, the case was quickly dismissed.
“I am friends with Miley Cyrus. She’s my wife. Me and Miley have been friends for five years,” is reportedly what Miley Cyrus’ stalker, Jason Luis Rivera, told police when he was caught trying to get into the ‘We Can’t Stop’ pop star’s house with a pair of scissors. Cyrus got a permanent restraining order on this guy before Rivera was convicted of misdemeanour trespassing and sentenced to 18 months in jail.
Karen McNeil showed up at Prince of Pop’s house in November ’09, claiming that she was God, and that she and Timberlake were destined to rule together. She also said that “Babylon witches” were after her and she feared they were going to cast an evil spell on her. Of course, authorities promptly took her to a psychiatric facility. This was not McNeil’s first time. Timberlake said she had gotten through the gates before, and claimed to know him. Prior to stalking the ‘Suit & Tie’ singer, McNeil was obsessed with Guns N’ Roses frontman, Axl Rose, and was arrested several times outside of his home.
Thomas Brodnicki claimed he had “over fifty conversations with God a day, about killing Ms. Gomez.” In an even stranger turn of events, Brodnicki himself urged the ‘Come & Get It’ pop star to file a restraining order. “I believe that a restraining order should be issued against me to prevent me from trying to contact Selena Gomez. 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.” Gomez heeded her stalker’s warning, and was granted a three-year restraining order against Brodnicki in Jan. 2012.
Robert Dewey Hoskins was first sentenced to 10 years in prison for stalking Madge in 1996. He had been obsessed with the Material Girl for years, and her bodyguards were forced to shoot him when he hopped the fence at her Hollywood Hills home. Hoskins was a violent man and had said he was either going to marry Madonna or “slash her throat from ear to ear.” Hoskins served his time and was later transferred to a psychiatric hospital after another arrest, but he escaped from the facility in early 2012. He was apprehended by police in February, and taken back to the hospital.
33-year-old Dawnette Knight threatened to cut Zeta-Jones up into little pieces and feed her to her dogs. All because she was madly in love with CZJ’s husband Michael Douglas. After a series of phone calls and a threatening letter, in which she said she planned to assassinate Jones; Knight was sentenced to three years in jail.
Margaret Mary Ray was arrested many times for stalking the ‘Late Show’ host David Letterman; first in 1988 for stealing his Porsche and pretending she was his wife. Over the years, she continued to trespass on his property and harass him, spending a total of 10 months in jail and 14 months in a mental facility. In 1998, she committed suicide by kneeling in front of a train, and left no note behind.