A Deadly Syndrome
21, 2001-- Fixation, violence, control -- these are
the deadly symptoms of a stalker.
obsessive fans 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.
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
Virginias Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy.
symposium, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will explore
clinical and forensic findings involved in violent attachments.
Meloys presentation will include video case studies of the
Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow stalkings.
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.
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
Joanna Gluckman, (434) 924-6858