Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures: A Psychological and Behavioral Analysis by J. Reid Meloy

Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures: A Psychological and Behavioral Analysis

byJ. Reid Meloy, Lorraine Sheridan, Jens Hoffmann

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Public figures require attention, whether from a constituency who votes them in or out of office, shareholders who decide their economic benefit to the corporation, or fans who judge their performances. However, on the periphery of this normal attention resides a very real risk; that of amuch smaller group of individuals who lack the ability to discriminate between their own private fantasies and the figure's public behavior. They may be personally insulted by perceived betrayal, fanatically in love due to a perceived affectionate or sexual invitation, or simply preoccupied withthe daily life of the public figure. Such individuals may fixate and do nothing more. Others communicate or approach in a disturbing way. A few will threaten. And on rare occasions, one will breach the public figure's security perimeter and attack. Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures is a comprehensive survey of the current knowledge about stalking, violence risk, and threat management towards public figures. With contributions from forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, clinicians, researchers, attorneys, profilers, andcurrent and former law enforcement enforcement professionals, this book is the first of its kind, international in scope, and rich in both depth and complexity. The book is divided into three sections which, in turn, focus upon defining, explaining, and risk managing this increasingly complex global reality. Chapters include detailed case studies, analyses of quantitative data, reflections from attachment theory and psychoanalytic thought, descriptions oflaw enforcement and protective organization activities, mental health and psychiatric categorizations and understandings, consideration of risk assessment models and variables, victim perspectives, and others.

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J. Reid Meloy is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Lorraine Sheridan is at Heriot Watt University in Scotland. Jens Hoffmann is a Researcher at the Centre for Forensic Psychology, Team Psychology and Security at the University of Darmstadt in Germany.
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Title:Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures: A Psychological and Behavioral AnalysisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:July 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Foreword. Robert Fein and Bryan Vossekuil: 1. J. Reid Meloy, Lorraine Sheridan, Jens Hoffmann: Public Figures Stalking: The State of the ScienceSection I: Defining the Risk2. J. Reid Meloy, Kris Mohandie, Mila Green McGowan: A Forensic Investigation of Those Who Stalk Celebrities3. Paul E. Mullen, David V. James, J. Reid Meloy, Michele T. Pathe, Frank R. Farnham, Lulu Preston, Brian Darnley: The Role of Psychotic Illness in Attacks on Public Figures4. Louis B. Schlesinger, V. Blair Mesa: Homicidal Celebrity Stalkers: Dangerous Obsessions with Nonpolitical Public Figures5. Frederick S. Calhoun, Stephen W. Weston: On Public Figure Howlers6. Jens Hoffmann, Lorraine Sheridan: Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Corporate Figures7. James Biesterfeld, J. Reid Meloy: The Public Figure Assassin as TerroristSection II: Explaining the Risk8. Jens Hoffmann, J. Reid Meloy: Contributions from Attachment Theory and Pschoanalysis to Advance Understanding of Public Figure Stalking and Attacking9. Jens Hoffmann, Lorraine Sheridan: Celebrities as Victims of Stalking10. Mary Ellen O'Toole, Sharon S. Smith, Robert D. Hare: Psychopathy and Predatory Stalking of Public Figures11. J. Reid Meloy, Kris Mohandie: Two Case Studies of Corporate-Celebrity Victims: The Stalking of Steven Spielberg and Stephen Wynn12. John Maltby, David Giles: Toward the Measurement and Profiling of Celebrity Worship13. Brian H. Spitzberg, William R. Cupach: Fanning the Flames of Fandom: Celebrity Worship, Parasocial Interaction, and StalkingSection III: Managing the Risk14. Jeff Dunn: Operations of the LAPD Threat Management Unit15. P. Randall Kropp, Stephen D. Hart, David R. Lyon: Risk Assessment of Public Figure Stalkers16. Robert T.M. Phillips: Preventing Assassination: Psychiatric Consultation to the United States Secret Service17. Karl Roberts: Offender Profiling and Celebrity Stalking Cases18. Rhonda Saunders, Sean Wainwright: Prosecuting Celebrity Stalkers19. Mario J. Scalora, William Zimmerman, David G. Wells: Use of Threat Assessment for the Protection of the United States Congress20. Sharon S. Smith: From Violent Words to Violent Deeds: Assessing Risk from FBI Threating Communication CasesIndex