New Supreme Court Ruling concerning DV & Guns

According to the NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) bulletin, and what I can gather on the net; the  Supreme Court just ruled on a Tennessee case that took place in 2001.  In essence, the Supreme Court has ruled that even if the perpetrator of domestic violence is convicted of a misdemeanor; he or she can be barred from having or purchasing guns. This ruling applies and includes those states where no proof of physical force is required to support the domestic violence charge. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the months ahead.

I am a firm believer that persons with mental health issues or  that commit criminal violence against others should not have guns. This does not diminish my outlook that the law abiding citizen should be able to own and use firearms as long as it is done in a SAFE and SANE fashion.

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Revenge Stalker

In our book we list three primary stalking typologies that we utilize as our broad-based groupings of stalking typologies. These would by Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence, Acquaintance Type, & Stranger Type. We also list and define several sub-types that we have classified. Today, we would like to discuss a type of stalking that can raise its ugly head in any number of these typologies, that of the stalking for the purpose of revenge.

We recently received a posting on our website of a victim asking our assistance on a stalking that they had been experiencing over the past several months. It all started when their identity was compromised, and the suspects who stole there identity were taken into custody. (I just love it when one of these clowns is hooked up for committing this or any other type of crime.) Identity theft can debilitate its victims. When I was working as a burglary detective,was when I first started encountering victims of identity theft would have to get several copies of the crime report they had filed, and send copies to the creditors that were harassing them for debts they had not incurred for  months to years.

Since the victims had testified against the perpetrators (two to three of which in this identity theft ring had previous violent criminal histories) they, their family had been followed, harassed, as well as a variety of other harassment tactics employed by at least two of the persons that had been arrested and convicted. This harassment included bothering the victim’s livestock.  I advised the victims to keep law enforcement in the loop, get an alarm system, and get a digital video camera system that be monitored via an App., on their Smartphones. They also advised they would be getting a copy of our new book.

Now this is just one example of a revenge stalking. We have had many others, however, one of the most common is when an intimate partner stalker decides to make their target…usually the person they had the intimate relationship with…life a living hell. This can and oftentimes is accomplished via countless acts of vandalism, character assassination, damaging or the killing of pets, etc. One recent example came to mind concerning an individual whose ex-wife has continually harassed him for years since his divorce. She continually breaks her restraining order, illegally enters his residence, and tries to use the civil court system as an harassment tool against the victim. She has been diagnosed as bi-polar, but may well have other mental health issues, and of course refuses to take her medication.  She was recently taken into custody for another violation of the order. After reviewing the case, we advised the victim, who is often away from the residence that was awarded to him by in the divorce decree; that we strongly felt that because she could not readily get to him, she would direct her anger towards his possessions. We strongly suggested that he also get an alarm system put into his residence that contained digital video cameras that he could monitor via his Smartphone. However, we also suggested that he have all of his DVR data recorded on a periodic basis to a cloud server. This way if his stalker decided to trash his system; or in the worse case scenario burn down his dwelling, he would have a record of same.

Again, we want to stress is if this happens to you, document all acts the stalker commits against you, and immediately notify law enforcement.

Celebrity Stalking

Celebrity stalking represents about 9% or so of all stalking that transpires, but due to the fact that it involves celebrities, be they media personalities or say a politicians that are oftentimes represented in the press; they get the most attention. In some respects I find this helpful because it sheds light on the issue of stalking in general; even though the media attention at that moment is directed towards that particular media personality. Many celebrity stalkers are in fact delusional. For example, take the recent stalking of Taylor Swift. From the media accounts concerning the actions of her thirty plus year old male stalker; he would fall into the category of what we would call an erotomanic type stalker. In other words he believes that Taylor and him have some type of personal relationship. He may feel that she is in love with him, and are in fact going to be married. Some of these types of stalkers believe that their victims are in fact married to them and may even feel they have had children with together. Many feel that every time that particular personality is on television they are speaking directly to them. As with any type of stalking, each case and each stalker has to be evaluated on its own merits. Obviously, without being directly involved in Taylor or any other celebrity stalking case I cannot really speculate as to developing a threat assessment on the stalker. However, you can bet that the law enforcement entity that is tasked with investigating the case will do a thorough background on the stalker and develop such an assessment.