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Stalking: A Deadly Syndrome

September 21, 2001-- Fixation, violence, control -- these are the deadly symptoms of a stalker.

An obsessive fan’s 1989 murder of Rebecca Schaffer, co-star of the popular television program, "My Sister Sam," riveted national attention on the frightening phenomenon of celebrity stalkers. Since then numerous Hollywood stars and private citizens alike have braved the threat of violence associated with stalking.

Dr. Reid J. Meloy, a nationally recognized expert on stalking, will discuss "Stalking and Other Violent Attachments" at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond on Sept. 28. His talk is part of a semi-annual forensic symposium, sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy.

The symposium, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will explore clinical and forensic findings involved in violent attachments. Meloy’s presentation will include video case studies of the Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow stalkings.

Meloy is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine and adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. He has consulted on various criminal cases throughout the United States.

Meloy also has written or edited several books on the subject, including "Violence Risk and Threat Assessment," "The Mark of Cain," and "The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives."

Contact: Joanna Gluckman, (434) 924-6858

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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