What types of stalker ex­ist?

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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.

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