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The shop assistant shot dead in Harvey Nichols by her ex-boyfriend after months of intimidation, was failed by the system, say campaigners.
Michael Pech had threatened to kill Clare Bernal, 22, from Tunbridge Wells, and was due in court next week for sentencing after admitting harassment.
But he shot her in the head at the exclusive London store on Tuesday, before killing himself. BBC News online article 15th September 2005
‘He’d gone up behind her and shot here in the head from behind, and she hit the floor, then he shot her in the face three times.’ The Real Manhunter: Clare Bernal, ex-rozzer, Sky Crime 2021
September 2005: ‘Michael Pech was a security guard at Harvey Nichols. He was a Slovakian. He’d been in the Slovakian army.’ ibid. dude
The bag or the bat, Bob? … You come near her again, I’ll kill ya. Ray Donovan: The Bag or the Bat s1e1 starring Liev Schreiber & Paul Malcomson & Jon Voight & Eddie Marson & Dash Mihok & Steven Bauer et al, Donovan to stalker, Showtime 2013
I’ve re-educated myself psychologically to be worthy of you. City Killer 1984 starring Heather Locklear & Gerald McRaney & Terence Knox & Peter Mark Richman & John Harkins & Jeff Pomerantz & Todd Susman & Adam Gregor et al, director Robert Michael Lewis, Leo the stalker
All across American a terrifying nightmare – crazed minds terrorising the targets of their obsession. Anyone can be a victim of a stalker. Crime Stories: Hollywood Stalkers
More than a million people are stalked in the US every year. ibid.
A love affair gone dangerously wrong. And a dispute over some Hollywood memorabilia launches a bizarre terror campaign. An obsessed fan, a hit list and a prosecutor in the cross-hairs. Crime Stories: Nowhere to Hide
Twenty-year-old Susan [Dyer] was possessive and sexually aggressive. ibid.
After ten months of relentless stalking, detectives had enough to make an arrest. Susan Dyer was charged with burglary. ibid.
The full extent of her obsession was yet to be discovered [lived under house]. ibid.
Thirty-year-old Thomas Agee came from a wealthy family from Massachusetts. But his life was far from easy. After getting a job as a clerk in San Francisco he became fixated on buying anything signed by Hollywood legend Jean Harlow. ibid.
A business deal gone sour sparks off a terrifying stalking campaign. ibid.
A J was incarcerated for nearly five years and released on parole. ibid.
A hospital administrator has made legal history as the first man to be jailed in Britain for using an internet blog to stalk a woman.
Stephen Andreassen, 38, compiled up to 35 website blogs in which he insulted Rebecca Pattinson after she ended their month-long relationship.
The couple met in 2006 through friends and began dating three years later when Miss Pattinson, went to see Andreassen perform on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of the ‘one and other’ exhibition by the artist Antony Gormley. Miss Pattinson, 36, a mother of two and a mature university student, ended the relationship after four weeks when Andreassen asked her to view a flat with him.
Andreassen began bombarding Miss Pattinson with calls, emails, texts and messages over Facebook begging to be taken back.
She threatened to call police and tightened security on the social networking site and got Andreassen removed from her contact details.
When she deactivated her Facebook account, Andreassen set up a series of blogs posting messages about her ‘warning all men’ and listing links to his other websites giving his account of their affair. The Telegraph online article 10th March 2011, ‘Spurned lover is first person jailed for stalking by blog’
There is a fine line between serendipity and stalking. David Coleman
Over a million people are stalked in the UK every year. Fewer than 1% of the stalking cases end in a conviction. Stalkers, BBC 2017
There’s an invisible and invasive crime that’s destroying people’s lives. ibid.
A 2017 government report into stalking has revealed nationwide failings in the way police and the Crown Prosecution Service respond to stalking allegations and offences. No police forces in the UK have dedicated stalking units. ibid.
Stalking can lead to murder. ibid.
One in five women and one in ten men will experience stalking at some point in their lives. ibid.
Amanda Todd, the teenager from BC, whose very name is synonymous with bullying, suicide and loss. Tonight: the never before told story of the man accused of stalking her online. How many more victims would there be? The Fifth Estate: Stalking Amanda Todd: The Man in the Shadows, CBC 2014
The story of Amanda Todd’s torment begins in the Netherlands. The teenager and her tormentor divided by continents but connected by the internet. This is the story of one Dutch man who authorities say would bully and blackmail the BC teen without ever leaving his home in Holland. He lived his life in the shadows. ibid.
They’re a new breed of cyber predators who capture the girls’ images. ibid.
Norway: He was carefully planning to ruin another girl’s life … The police were closing in. ibid.
Amanda’s death would kick that investigation into overdrive. ibid.
12 October 2016: My flatmate’s covered in blood in the bathroom … Oh my God! Murdered By s1e1: My Stalker: The Killing of Alice Ruggles, Maxine’s 999 call, Channel 5 2018
‘I’m not intending to kill you.’ ibid. stalker boyfriend
Newcastle the evening of 12 October 2016: The prime suspect is Alice’s ex-boyfriend: 25-years-old soldier Trimaan Dhillon. ibid.
In 2017 the police recorded a record number of 8,364 cases of stalking. ibid.
It’s late morning 29th June 2017: a busy retail park in Kent is filled with families and shoppers. Josh Stimpson, having subjected his ex-girlfriend Molly McLaren to a campaign of fear, brutally attacks her. Covered in Molly’s blood, Stimpson calmly gives himself up to the police. Murdered By My Ex s2e2: The Killing of Molly McLaren, Channel 5 2019
The couple have been seeing each other for four months and Molly’s family are starting to notice changes in Josh’s demeanour. With a demanding study schedule, Molly began to feel overwhelmed by the relationship. ibid.
‘He was stalking her on Facebook.’ ibid. Molly’s mom
Having succumbed to seventy-five stab wounds, Molly is pronounced dead. ibid.
Asher Maslin is a good looking, energetic 21 year old. A charmer with the gift of the gab. He seemed like he might be good boyfriend material when 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard fell for him. Neither she nor her family knew of his past. Stalked: Murder in Slow Motion s1e2: Hollie Gazzard, Channel 4 2019
‘He’d been arrested 23 times with escalating violence, domestic abuse, grievous bodily harm, he was a serial perpetrator.’ ibid. Hollie’s father
Maslin won’t give her any space. He’s jealous of her spending time with anyone else. He even turns up at her work … His messages become increasingly threatening. ibid.
He’s carrying a twelve-inch kitchen knife … Maslin has brutally stabbed Hollie fourteen times. ibid.
How technology is a power-tool in the hands of stalkers. How some smart home gadgets are making it easier than ever. But do we fully understand this growing threat and how to protect ourselves? Tonight: Tech Abuse: Stopping the Stalkers, ITV 2020