What types of stalker exist?
Dr Frank Farnham, consultant forensic psychiatrist at the National Stalking Clinic, has said that stalkers begin as ‘sensible people’.
‘They are often tragic figures who are destroying their lives. You get otherwise sensible people, then a perfect storm happens and they just can’t stop. [Maybe] they lose their job and they can’t form relationships any more. The more they lose, the less they’ve got to lose [by taking] action.’
Dr Frank says there are four types of stalker:
Incompetent suitors – socially inept people seeking a sexual relationship.
Sexual predators – former sexual partners who cannot accept the end of a relationship. Intimacy seekers – whether through excessive sexual desire or infatuation. Attention-seekers and help-seekers
– these tend to focus on public figures and celebrities.