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George Zimmerman: I Have No Job, No Assets, Owe $2.5M

Man acquitted in Trayvon Martin case does have public defender to help with new stalking charges

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is back in the legal system, apparently a little poorer this time around. CNN reports public defender Blaise Trettis has been assigned to Zimmerman—the Florida man acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin —after Zimmerman told a Seminole County court that he has... More »

They Had One Date. She Texted Him 65K Times

'Love is an excessive thing,' says accused stalker Jacqueline Ades

(Newser) - Online dating sites offer the chance to find a soulmate. Or a stalker. Or allegedly both, as with this case out of Arizona. "I felt like I met my soulmate," says 31-year-old Jacqueline Ades, recalling a single date she had with a man she met on millionaire dating... More »

Facebook's New Headache: It Might Employ a 'Pro Stalker'

Company looking into claim that security engineer used his access to data to cyberstalk women

(Newser) - Already under fire for its user data scandal , Facebook is facing new allegations on the misuse of customer data that veer into the cyberstalking realm. It started on Sunday with a tweet from Jackie Stokes, head of the Spyglass Security computer security firm: "I've been made aware that... More »

Woman Screams as Ex Falls Through Her Ceiling

Tyler Bergkamp, 25, is arrested in Kansas

(Newser) - A Kansas woman was surprised to see her ex-boyfriend show up unexpectedly Thursday night—when his legs broke through her living room ceiling, the Salina Journal reports. It apparently began when the woman, unnamed by police, came home to find her door locked with the chain on. Concerned that her... More »

Colin Firth's Wife Acknowledges Affair With Accused Stalker

Livia Giuggioli has accused Italian journalist of 'campaign of harassment'

(Newser) - Colin Firth's wife, Livia Giuggioli, has accused an Italian journalist of stalking her and engaging in a "frightening campaign of harassment," People reports. But the couple now acknowledges that Giuggioli, a 48-year-old film producer, had an affair with 55-year-old Marco Brancaccia. “A few years ago Colin... More »

Married Prof Met Firefighters on Tinder, Then Things Got Ugly

Melissa Ann Santana arrested on charges of felony stalking, making false statements

(Newser) - She went by the names Ann, Amanda, and Kendall on Tinder—and some Arizona firefighters apparently swiped the wrong way. The Washington Post has the bizarre story of former Northern Arizona University professor Melissa Ann Santana, who was arrested Oct. 30 on charges of felony stalking and making false... More »

Indian Women Post Night Pics After 'Regressive' Remarks

The #AintNoCinderella hashtag means they'll stay out as late as they like

(Newser) - If you want to help Indian women stay safe, one overture that won't be embraced is giving them a curfew. That's what one politician has discovered after his remarks following what one woman says was her near-kidnapping. Per the BBC , DJ Varnika Kundu was driving home Friday night... More »

Report: Alleged Stalker Asks Malia Obama to Marry Him

Secret Service agents believe the man has psychiatric issues

(Newser) - A 30-year-old man is facing possible charges for allegedly stalking and harassing Malia Obama, the New York Daily News reports. According to NBC New York , Jair Cardoso showed up at the New York City building where the 18-year-old daughter of the former president is interning three days in a row,... More »

Teen Murdered After Being Fined for Wasting Police Time

Ex she accused of stalking now on trial for murder

(Newser) - A British teenager accused of wasting police time with a complaint about her ex-boyfriend was murdered by the same man less than six months later, prosecutors say. Shana Grice, 19, was found dead with her throat cut in her Brighton home in August last year, the Independent reports. In March,... More »

She Was Getting Alarm to Keep Him Out. He Was Already In

Tony Joe Gunter faces charges after he was shot in the foot

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman had a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend and had changed her locks twice. She says neither kept Tony Joe Gunter away and so she opted to have a security system installed. Authorities say the woman left her home in Goodlettsville briefly on Tuesday to visit a neighbor... More »

Erin Andrews Gets $55M in Nude Video Lawsuit

Fox Sports reporter weeps on hearing the verdict

(Newser) - A jury awarded Erin Andrews $55 million on Monday in her lawsuit against a stalker who bought a hotel room next to her and secretly recorded a nude video, finding that the hotel companies and the stalker shared in the blame, the AP reports. After a full day of deliberations,... More »

Study: Rom-Coms Make Women Think Stalking Is Normal

And that can be dangerous for them in real life

(Newser) - A recent study shows romantic comedies could have an even more insidious effect on society than continuing to give Katherine Heigl work. The Guardian —citing a study published last year in Communication Research—reports rom-coms portraying obsessive behavior as romantic can make women more likely to tolerate stalkerish behavior... More »

Guy Used Craigslist Sex Ad to Harass FBI Agent: Feds

In further proof that no good ever comes from Craigslist sex ads

(Newser) - A Pittsburgh man has been indicted on charges he stalked and harassed an FBI agent who had once investigated him by posting a fake Craigslist sex ad that included the agent's phone number and address. The interstate stalking charge against 47-year-old Frederick Banks was unsealed this week. A federal... More »

Woman Wins $18M From Wall Street Boss in Sex Case

Hanna Bouveng said Benjamin Wey coerced her into 4 sexual encounters

(Newser) - A young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal, and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury yesterday. Hanna Bouveng, 25, accused Benjamin Wey in an $850 million lawsuit of using his power as owner of New York... More »

Woman Sentenced for Plaguing Buyers of Her Dream Home

Kathy Rowe says she was 'devastated, heartbroken'

(Newser) - "When I walked in, it felt like my house ... it's almost like, you know, you hear bluebirds sing and music play." That's what San Diego woman Kathy Rowe, 53, says about the Carmel Valley home she bid on in 2011. Despite the fairy-tale beginning, however, this... More »

'Pregnant Man' Charged With Stalking Wife

Thomas Beatie accused of putting GPS device on car

(Newser) - The life of Thomas Beatie has taken another strange turn: He was arrested late last week and charged with stalking his estranged wife, using a GPS device attached to her car, KPHO reports. Cops say the device was found when an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer helped the transgender... More »

5 Stars Who've Been Stalked

In a particularly scary way

(Newser) - One downside of being a celebrity: You're often a target for stalkers, and Gossip Girl rounds up 10 of the scariest:
  • While Kim Kardashian was staying with mom Kris Jenner, along with Kanye West and daughter North, a 21-year-old man claiming to be Kim's boyfriend was caught loitering
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Man Allegedly Cooked Ex's Dog, Served It to Her as Meal

He is arrested on animal cruelty charges

(Newser) - In one of the more demented breakup stories in a while, a man in Redding, Calif., is accused of killing, cooking, and serving his ex-girlfriend's dog to her and then telling her about it after the fact, reports the Sacramento Bee . Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh denies cooking the dog but... More »

Alec Baldwin Stalker Found Guilty

Genevieve Sabourin sentenced to 6 months in jail

(Newser) - A Canadian actress has been convicted of stalking Alec Baldwin in New York City. A Manhattan judge issued the verdict today, finding Genevieve Sabourin guilty of stalking, attempted aggravated harassment, harassment, and attempted contempt of court. The judge sentenced Sabourin to six months in jail. That's on top of... More »

2 Girls Arrested After Bullied Girl Kills Herself

Girls charged with felony stalking in Rebecca Sedwick case

(Newser) - Two girls have been arrested in the death of a 12-year-old central Florida girl who authorities say committed suicide after being bulled online for nearly a year, a sheriff said. The girls are 12 and 14, and they have been charged with felony aggravated stalking, Polk County authorities say. Officials... More »

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