What is a stalker?

What is Stalking?

Characteristics of a Stalker…

  • Waiting at the victim’s workplace, home or neighborhood
  • Persistent phone calls, text messages, emails, letters or notes
  • The sending of gifts – from the seemingly “romantic” (i.e. flowers and/or chocolates) to the bizarre
  • Breaking into the victim’s home or car
  • Gathering information on the victim: contacting people who know the victim; searching public or personal records, even the dustbin, for information.
  • Surveillance: persistently watching the individual, using cameras, audio equipment, phone tapping, or bugging the victim’s home or workplace
  • Manipulative behaviour : threatening to commit suicide in order to coerce the victim to intervene– forcing contact with the stalker)
  • Defamation of character: the stalker will lie to others about the victim, trying to limit their options and weaken their support network. In an attempt to isolate the victim, making them appear more vulnerable, and giving the stalker a sense of power and control.
  • “Objectification”: the stalker derogates the victim, thus reducing them to an object which allows the stalker to feel angry with them without experiencing empathy. It helps the stalker feel they are entitled to behave as they please toward the victim. Viewing her/him as “lesser,” “weak” or
    otherwise seriously flawed can support delusions that the victim needs to be rescued, or punished, by the stalker.
  • Threats and violence: the stalker uses threats to frighten the victim; vandalism and property damage (usually to the victim’s car); physical attacks that leave abrasions and bruises (mostly meant to frighten); less common–physical attacks that leave serious physical injuries, or sexual assaults.
  • Cyberstalking: using the internet to pursue, harass or contact another in an unsolicited fashion.
  • During a 12-month period, an estimated 14 in every 1,000 persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking.
  • About half (46%) of stalking victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week, and 11% of victims said they had been stalked for 5 years or more.
  • The risk of stalking victimization was highest for individuals who were divorced or separated—34 per 1,000 individuals.
  • Women were at greater risk than men for stalking.
  • About 43% of victims stated that police were contacted at least once regarding the stalking.
  • Male (37%) and female (41%) stalking victimizations were equally likely to be reported to the police.
  • Approximately 1 in 4 stalking victims reported some form of cyberstalking such as e-mail (83%)or instant messaging (35%). Electronic monitoring was used to stalk 1 in 13 victims (i.e. GPS monitoring, bugs, phone tapping, video).
  • 46% of stalking victims felt a fear of not knowing what would happen next.
  • Nearly 3 in 4 stalking victims knew their offender in some capacity.
  • Often Stalking isn’t taken seriously

Profile of a stalker

Stalking is a crime of power and control. Stalkers tend to obsess about their victim. They may make many plans for the future that involve their victim.

  • Stalkers tend to have very weak social skills, and see nothing wrong with their behaviour.
  • Few stalkers see how their actions are hurting others, and they do not believe society’s rules apply to them.
  • They don’t believe they are threatening, intimidating, or even stalking someone.
  • Most stalkers see their actions simply as attempts to get closer to their target, help them, or to gain their love
  • Stalkers often ‘research’ their victims via public records for information or manipulating the victims’ family and friends.
  • Stalkers often obtain information from the victim’s friends, their workplace and from the victim’s family.
  • Romantically obsessed stalkers refuse to believe the victim does not want a relationship with them.
  • Stalking can be a form of retaliation because of some perceived slight. Indeed, many sexual harassment victims report being stalked in retaliation for reporting their harassers.
  • A stalker may be so subtle that the victim may not even aware that it is happening.
  • It is not always just the initial victim who is stalked. A stalker may also harass family, friends and fellow workers.

The good doctor

So, now, the good doctor is contacting our staff as well as clients.

You can clearly see the misinformation and scare-mongering he send to vulnerable people in his own name on social media. In this case, he used Facebook to contact clients interested in our services. The blurs are to protect identities for legal reasons. We have dozens of these examples which will be published in his name across all of the planned resources and in the ‘The Descent of Decency’ book.

Our psychology lead received a message through LinkedIn containing comments which have been deemed litigious under the malicious communications act by the CPS.

Should a doctor be behaving this way? We have hundreds of screenshots of harassing messages he has sent to us, to his group of stooges and our friends and business contacts… does he think he’s above the law?

He’s already received warnings, which he chose to ignore, but also use as fuel for further attacks… he has publicly stated that I will ‘pay’ for sending the police to his door.

It is clear that this man isn’t understanding the law. However, he will soon!

Facebook targeted – Freedom of information for suspected criminal behaviour

Mother of Lucy McHugh hits out at Facebook and demands company give access to suspect’s account

From https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/mother-of-lucy-mchugh-hits-out-at-facebook-and-demands-company-give-access-to-suspects-account-a3926886.html

The mother of schoolgirl Lucy McHugh has urged Facebook to give police access to an account belonging to the man suspected of murdering the 13-year-old.

Stacey White said detectives could uncover information vital to their investigation if they are allowed to read messages sent and received by Stephen Nicholson before the teenager’s death.

The care worker, 24, was jailed for 14 months on Friday over his refusal to hand over the password to his account.

Investigators face having to take lengthy legal action in the US in order to obtain access, with the delay branded “deeply disturbing” by the head of the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

Ms White has said unlocking the account would “certainly give police an idea of what was being said between Lucy and Stephen”.

“In situations like this, Facebook really should just release the information that is needed and I think that is the opinion that everybody has,” she told the Daily Mail.

“They should give over the account details. Lucy needs justice. It’s so easy for them to do.”

Nicholson, a father-of-one, was staying at Lucy’s family home in Southampton until several days before she was found stabbed to death in woodland on July 26.

According to prosecutors he had contact with the teenager as recently as the morning of her disappearance.

While being questioned on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child, he twice refused to give detectives his Facebook password.

Nicholson pleaded guilty to a charge under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) before his sentencing at Southampton Crown Court.

The court heard his excuse for refusing access was to protect himself and his family as there was information relating to cannabis on the account.

Prosecutors said police were facing a “lengthy procedure” in order to obtain access and the investigation into Lucy’s death had been “considerably obstructed” as a result.

Yvette Cooper, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, called on the Government and Facebook to create a fast legal procedure for such cases.

“This was an appalling murder, and Lucy McHugh’s family need justice,” she told the Mail.

“For there to be such long delays and cumbersome international processes for getting crucial information in such a serious case is deeply disturbing.”

Facebook told the paper it was “co-operating with Hampshire Police”.

Nicholson remains on bail for his arrest on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child.

A charging decision is anticipated on October 27.