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Number 7 Derek Knowles
English truck driver Derek Knowles was given a five-year order, in April 2012, for repeatedly trying to contact his former girlfriend. Their relationship, which lasted roughly 3 months, had ended in October of that year. He sent text message requests during radio shows, presumably hoping that his former partner would hear his shout outs. Unsuspecting DJs would thus read his messages on air. Knowles would sometimes pretend to be a third person and describe his ex as his future bride or compliment her picture on his Facebook page. In one particularly ominous message Knowles said that he would see her for coffee later. The woman had no idea that this was going on until one of her friends, who’d heard one of Knowles’ dedications on the radio, told her.
Number 6 Brian Hile
In the early 2010s, Brian Hile met an attractive woman online and began a two-year long relationship. They’d exchanged photos but never met in person or talked to each other on video. They’d been in circulation on the Internet since the woman took them when she was 18. Hile was enraged and wanted revenge but South Africa was too far away. He left the mobile home in Fremont, Michigan, where he’d been living with his grandmother, and headed to San Diego.
Number 5 Gary Dellapenta
Needless to say, the woman had no idea this was going on and didn’t even own a computer. This went on for months, but, fortunately, the woman wasn’t hurt. Dellapenta was caught when Barber’s father pretended to respond to one of the ads and traced its origin.
Number 4 Richard Jan
His targets were health officials and solicitors whom he believed were part of a conspiracy. A woman named Shauna Bailey was part of a mental health assessment team that visited Jan at his home, in 1996, at the request of his mother. Jan stalked Bailey, made numerous calls to her, torched her car and assaulted her twice.
Number 3 John Hinckley Jr
John Hinckley Jr had developed an obsession with the 1976 movie Taxi Driver and actress Jodie Foster, who played in it. Shortly after Foster started her studies at Yale University, Hinckley moved to New Haven, Connecticut. He stalked her for some time, hoping that a connection would eventually develop between them. Hinckley repeatedly called Foster, followed her and slipped poems or messages under her door. The man became convinced that Foster wouldn’t see him as an equal unless he earned a place in history.
Number 2 Richard Farley
In 1984, Laura Black started working for the same California-based defense contractor as Farley. He’d constantly send her gifts and ask her out.
Number 1 Jacqueline Ades
The woman had met an unnamed businessman via a millionaire matchmaking app called Luxy. After only one date, she sent him over 159,000 text messages, for what was almost a year. The 33-year-old would reportedly send him hundreds of texts every day. When the man was out of the country, Ades was arrested at his home, as she was taking a bath. She’d brought her two dogs, a bottle of wine and an 8-inch butter knife with her to the businessman’s house.