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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Stalked: A Decade on the Run


THE woman in the blue suit striding briskly into the Sofitel Hotel near O’Hare airport looked like any other 50-something businesswoman on her way to a meeting. And in a way she was, a marketing consultant and freelance writer visiting from her hometown several hundred miles away.

But the woman flew to Chicago last Friday on a strangely secret errand: a newspaper interview that she gave under an assumed name. Afterward, she checked into a hotel downtown under a different fake identity.

31stalk_1190 Then she returned to her home in the woods along the Mississippi River, where she has tried, with only partial success, to carve out a peaceful existence after more than a decade of being stalked by a former boyfriend.

The woman, writing under the name Kate Brennan, is about to publish a book, “In His Sights” (HarperCollins), one of the first full-length memoirs of a stalking victim. She describes a campaign of surveillance, break-ins, severed phone lines and creepy confrontations after her decision to leave “Paul,” a charming but distant adventurer with serious relationship issues.

The stalking, which continues sporadically today, is at once bizarre, terrifying and, owing to Paul’s deep pockets, maddeningly relentless and difficult to trace, according to the book. It led the author to move 16 times in 16 months, she writes. [Mark Godsey]

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One of the problems I have always had with these stories is that many parts of them seem impossible to verify. (In some cases, a lot of these things are all in the "stalkees" head.) If this guy was really cutting phone lines then he had committed some serious crimes and could be prosecuted for them. Now, I have not read the book, but these questions instantly come to mind.

Posted by: | Aug 1, 2008 3:40:09 AM

Paul's deep pockets bought him the service of the
proxy stalker gang that exist in every town, they are
effective at breaking and entering,telephone vandalism and stalking their victims; all for pay from
deep pockets like Paul ( i.e. "the money"). This gang is sometimes referred to as organized stalkers.
Gang stalkers use the same tactics in different geographic locations and are considered highly effective at achieving their goal.
If we can not successfully prosecute terrorist,then there is no chance that the legal system will ever successfully prosecute people like Paul and the proxy stalker gangs that are present in many communities.

Posted by: anon | Aug 2, 2008 8:15:06 AM

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