by Linda Wisdom
Stalkers are scary. They do whatever it takes to find out everything about your life and wiggle into it. They think either convince themselves that you actually love them, that you see them as your BFF, or any reason that happens to pop into their demented minds.
One story that has always kept the stalker image in my mind is the sad case of actress Rebecca Shaeffer who was killed by her stalker and brought about laws regarding the conviction of stalkers. It’s sad it took her death to bring these laws about.
I normally write fun and snarky, but sometimes an idea that’s dark and dangerous creeps into my mind and I can’t get rid of it until it’s written down. I enjoy reading romantic suspense and straight mysteries, so it’s no wonder I want to write a darker story at times.
An incident years ago has always stayed in my head and would be something you’d equate with a stalker. I heard something out front and looked out a window to find a man going through our trash. While a part of me wanted to go out and ask him just what did he think he was doing, another more cautious part didn’t know if that was a good idea. Luckily, a neighbor’s husband was home and he came over to question the man. It turned out the man was a private detective going through our trash for personal information because the private party we were buying the house from had headed for parts unknown and our address was the only one recorded for the man. The man’s hiding place was never found, but the idea of someone going through our trash looking at our papers had me marking out names and addresses after that and we’ve used a shredder for years. That gave me an idea what it was like to have a stalker even if it was only for a half hour.
Think about it. That’s what a stalker does. They dig wherever they can to find out everything about you. It’s their way of infiltrating your life. That’s why they’re interesting to write about. You have someone lingering in the shadows that would know more about you than you might know about yourself. They see you as the love of their life that you know how special they are to you even if you don’t admit it. Writing about a woman who was willing to do whatever it took to keep the man she was obsessed with wasn’t easy because you have to tap into a darker side of your imagination you might not want to access. Plus, then you could be in public muttering things that could unnerve people. It’s never a good idea to think out loud about ways to torture the man you’re in ‘love’ with. People tend to move away. But it does help you move up in line faster.
Think of someone who’s on the dark side of love. Someone who’s thinking ‘if I can’t have him/her, no one can’. Someone who’s determined to know everything there is to know about you even if there are a lot of secrets you’d prefer kept hidden.
I don’t know why stalkers fascinate me. Perhaps it’s because them, and serial killers, have a skewed personality that many of us can’t even comprehend. Years ago I had a chance to talk to a sheriff’s detective who’d worked on the Richard Ramirez, The Nightstalker, case and we talked about the two subjects and another time I did the same with an FBI agent in the Anchorage office. Funny thing is both men said I didn’t look like the type to enjoy talking about stalkers and serial killers. Hm, does that mean I could suddenly turn evil and no one would guess it was me? I do have that innocent look, you know.
Do you enjoy reading about stalkers? Is there something about the subject that interests you?
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