8 Stalkers Who Put Celebrities In "Like-Horror-Movie" Situations

Acclaim can serve as a magnet for the insane. After a person's name becomes globally known, it influences even those they haven't and wouldn't want to interact with. Every popular figure has its share of obsessive fans.
Thousands of people spend their time alone, obsessed with a fictional character they saw on television. It can become a real-life horror story that is wilder and worse than anything the stars have acted out on the silver screen when the crazy ones venture out of their houses to see their favorite stars in person.

1. Nicolas Cage

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The actor alleged a mime stalked him while filming Bringing Out the Dead. The mime followed Cage everywhere, watched him, and did "weird things." The mime was stopped by security, but Cage hasn't always been that lucky. A few years later, he woke up at 2:00 AM to see a man in a leather jacket licking a Fudgsicle above his bed. Cage was terrified of what might happen and instantly understood the intruder was mentally sick. Cage used "verbal judo" to calm the man and convince him to go quietly.

2. Eddie Vedder

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Eddie Vedder's home was once hit by an automobile. She was traveling 50 mph, and Vedder knew who she was. Before her automobile crashed through his wall, he'd been getting her letters. Incomprehensible charges were made in the letters. She thought Vedder was their father.
She claimed he raped and pregnant her twice. Her idol was Vedder. "Jesus rapes," she wrote to Vedder. Vedder tried to ignore her until she hit his house. The stalker almost died in the crash and went to prison. Traumatized, Vedder departed. For the next five years, he made his record label pay for 24-hour security and remained a recluse.

3. Conan O’Brien

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Father David Ajemian wrote Conan O'Brien in 2006. It would be the first of many similar letters. Ajemian suggested only O'Brien would grasp his message. Each was signed "Your priest stalker." It started with some strange notes. Ajemian became violent when O'Brien didn't reply. He wrote, "You owe me big-time, pal," without explaining why. Before forgiving you, I demand a public confession. Violence ensued.
The priest stalker compared himself to Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho. "Frank Costello dodged a bullet in your building, and so can you," he said O'Brien. Soon, letters became more. Ajemian knocked on O'Brien's parents' door, and they opened it. He didn't injure them, but he threatened Conan. But then he was arrested while trying to sneak into O'Brien's program taping.

4. Hugh Jackman

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Katherine Thurston said she wanted to marry Jackman despite never meeting him. Thurston said, "Having two wives isn't illegal." Thurston's beard was her only issue. Jackman's insistence on going around with stubble drove her crazy. She followed him into his gym after waiting outside and he saw her with an electric razor. Her pubic hairs were trapped in the blades, and she looked insane.
"Are we marrying?" stated Thurston. She struck him with a razor without waiting for an answer. Luckily, A personal trainer restrained her until the police came. Thurston wasn't repentant when they arrived. Her attack was legitimate, she thought. "I hated his whiskers," she said.

5. Sean Penn

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In 1987, Sean'd been violent and unsafe by punching an extra in the head and driving dangerously. Soon, he was in jail with some unexpected neighbors. "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez was convicted of 13 murders. Ramirez wanted a star in his domain and got a deputy to send Penn a letter. He wrote, "Stay strong and hit them again, Sean."
Under it, he'd written "666" and sketched a pentagram and devil. The creepiest part for Penn was that the artist felt they were related. Penn replied he felt "no affinity" with the serial killer. He wrote, "I hope gas descends before sanity." It'd be kinder. He brought Ramirez's letter home and kept it.

6. Kevin Smith

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Harley Quinn Smith, then 16, was waiting for an Uber when a Jeep with an Uber sticker drove up. Two men gruffly said, "Get in." The young girl hesitated because the men seemed strange. The men wouldn't tell her who they were picking up. She asked whether they had the Uber app, but they didn't. One man yelled, "Get in the car!" As Smith pondered, another car with an Uber sign in the window drew up to pick up Harley Quinn. Smith knew they weren't Uber drivers when the Jeep drove off.

7. Sandra Bullock

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In 2014, Sandra Bullock found a stranger in her home. Corbett breached her security and entered. At the time, he was now yelling and knocking on her bedroom door, then said she shouldn't worry, he is her husband. Joshua Corbett was insane and believed he was Sandra Bullock's son. He'd written her letter after letter telling her, "You're my wife by law, God's law, and belong to me." Some were dangerous.
Corbett wrote in a letter before breaking into her home, "I've waited and waited for you." "Perhaps this was meant to go differently." He felt it was a misunderstanding as police pulled him away. He apologized to the actress, thinking it was a lovers' spat gone too far. "No charges, please."

8. Rebecca Schaeffer

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Stories like these don't always end happily. In 1989, My Sister Sam actor Rebecca Schaeffer was stalked. Robert Bardo killed her, a psychotic hermit, and turned his bedroom into a shrine for Schaeffer. He spent his life in a room surrounded by images of his beloved star, rewatching VHS tapes of her TV appearances. His adoration went black as he witnessed Schaeffer perform a love scene in Beverly Hills.
Bardo considered this a betrayal. Schaeffer was a "Hollywood whore." Bardo got her address from the DMV and showed her there uninvited. Robert tried to talk his way into Schaeffer's home with an autographed letter, but he gave her the chills. Unnerved, she told him never to return. Two days later, he returned. He hid a gun in a brown paper bag this time. Schaeffer tried again, but she was too slow, then Bardo gunned her down.
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