Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures: A Psychological and Behavioral Analysis
by J. Reid Meloy, Lorraine Sheridan & Jens Hoffmann
From Amazon.com: Public figures require attention, whether from a constituency who votes them in or out of office, shareholders who decide their economic benefit to the corporation, or fans who judge their performances. However, on the periphery of this normal attention resides a very real risk; that of a much smaller group of individuals who lack the ability to discriminate between their own private fantasies and the figure’s public behavior. They may be personally insulted by perceived betrayal, fanatically in love due to a perceived affectionate or sexual invitation, or simply preoccupied with the daily life of the public figure. Such individuals may fixate and do nothing more. Others communicate or approach in a disturbing way. A few will threaten. And on rare occasions, one will breach the public figure’s security perimeter and attack.
Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures is a comprehensive survey of the current knowledge about stalking, violence risk, and threat management towards public figures. With contributions from forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, clinicians, researchers, attorneys, profilers, and current and former law enforcement enforcement professionals, this book is the first of its kind, international in scope, and rich in both depth and complexity.
The book is divided into three sections which, in turn, focus upon defining, explaining, and risk managing this increasingly complex global reality. Chapters include detailed case studies, analyses of quantitative data, reflections from attachment theory and psychoanalytic thought, descriptions of law enforcement and protective organization activities, mental health and psychiatric categorizations and understandings, consideration of risk assessment models and variables, victim perspectives, and others.
About the Author
J. Reid Meloy is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Lorraine Sheridan is at Heriot Watt University in Scotland. Jens Hoffmann is a Researcher at the Centre for Forensic Psychology, Team Psychology and Security at the University of Darmstadt in Germany.