Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Stalked: Someone's Watching Episode 5 Dangerous Games Feb 27 at 7:30pm

ID Investigation Discovery Channel
Feb 27, 7:30 pm est
(30 minutes) Stalked: Someone's Watching

Dangerous Games

TV-14 (V), CC
Single mother Karen Welch gets a mysterious call on Christmas Eve. At first, she thinks nothing of it? but before long, she's getting dozens of hang-up calls every day. Follow Dr. Michelle Ward through this shocking game of cat and mouse.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Verizon Wireless aiding stalkers in NJ and across the United States

Verizon Wireless boasts the largest nationwide network and recently the reach of the network took a startling turn when 8 months after the third party stalker committed suicide, someone began tracking me through the GPS locator in my Blackberry.  The response from Verizon Wireless "We are sorry for your inconvenience".  Hey VW - you are violating my privacy and putting my life in jeopardy.  There are websites out there that enable a stalker to put a cell phone number into the locator and via a satellite, the stalker can find your location within 100 feet of your phone.  Verizon is aiding and abetting the stalker by selling me a phone with the GPS tracker switched to the ON position.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Stalked: Someone's Watching "Dangerous Games" February 21 10:30 PM

Tune in for episode 5 of Stalked: Someone's Watching


Feb 21, 10:30 pm  (episode premier)

(30 minutes)

Stalked: Someone's Watching

Dangerous Games

TV-14 (V)
Single mother Karen Welch gets a mysterious call on Christmas Eve. At first, she thinks nothing of it? but before long, she's getting dozens of hang-up calls every day. Follow Dr. Michelle Ward through this shocking game of cat and mouse.

Thank you Atlas Media Productions for picking my decade long story of stalking to weave into a documentary. The segment includes Marlboro Police Sgt Ross Yenisey who not only wrote the NJ stalking law for me based on my case of third party stalking but also worked with the FBI to apprehend the third party stalker.  Also on camera is my NY attorney Brian Sullivan who rode shot gun with me guiding me through the legal system and strategizing the game of cat and mouse.  Last but not least, thank you to my dear friend Lisa Tischendorf whose endless support has kept me sane through the insanity.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ID. Stalked: Someone's Watching ....Psychology of Stalking

The Psychology of Stalking
by Colleen Cancio

edited by Kevin P. Allen


For many people, the idea of stalking calls to mind a creepy psychopath lurking in the shadows with a pair of binoculars trained on a beauty queen or Hollywood starlet. But the reality of stalking is much more mundane. The vast majority of stalkers were once romantically or socially involved with their victims. In many cases, the obsessive behavior began before the relationship ended.

Loosely defined, stalking refers to one person's obsessive behavior toward someone else and the fear that it causes. Stalking is rooted in the need to gain control or power over the person being stalked. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, it most often involves attempts to make contact with the object of the stalker's obsession. These unwanted communications may be friendly or romantic, though more commonly they're designed to frighten, intimidate, or embarrass their targets. Other common forms of stalking include lying in wait or spying on someone, as well as making unannounced visits to the victim's home. In extreme cases, stalking can be accompanied by breaking and entering, vandalism, acts of violence or even murder.

Historically, stalking has been a difficult crime to prosecute. Stalkers are often adept at intimidating or harassing their victims while keeping a distance. The good news is that over the past two decades, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to address stalking.

In this article we examine the psychology of stalking, including the motivations for such behavior and what victims can do to protect themselves. But first, let's take a quick look at who's stalking whom in the U.S.

There is no clear profile of a stalker, though people with problems such as substance abuse or a personality disorder are more likely to engage in stalking behavior. And although both men and women are known to stalk and be stalked, the vast majority of stalkers are male and the bulk of victims are female.

Generally speaking, the motivations for stalking are different between male and female stalkers, with women more often targeting people within their work environment. According to a study by a team of Australian researchers, women are also more likely to seek an intimate relationship with the object of their obsession, while men's motivations for stalking range from a desire to be intimate to an urge to dominate or inflict harm.

People in certain professions are more vulnerable to being stalked, especially those in which a person has close contact with lonely and disturbed individuals. For example, physicians and psychiatrists are common targets for stalking. This is because the medical professional's role as caregiver can be misinterpreted as romantic interest.

Keep in mind that since most instances of stalking involve current or former intimate partners, there may be warning signs during the relationship. Some examples are extreme jealousy, an urge to dominate one's partner, and an inability to sympathize with his or her point of view. Many people display these behaviors in mild forms. But when it begins to escalate, it may indicate a serious problem. In the next section, we look at when and how low-level stalking can grow to include more serious criminal activity.

Next: Who's stalking whom?