Inside the LAPD's Threat Management Unit
LAPD created the nation's first anti-stalking unit
By Miles Corwin
LOS ANGELES — Her friends meant no harm. They decided to throw a birthday party for her at a Hollywood club and posted details and photographs on a Web site. A man trolling for attractive women spotted her picture. He located her MySpace page and discovered that she hosted a satellite radio show. Posing as an entertainment agent, he claimed to be a friend of a well-known Hollywood photographer. The photographer, the man said, wanted her to model for him and needed her phone number. As it happened, the woman knew the photographer. She also knew that he already had her number. She e-mailed back: Just tell him to call. Thwarted, the man responded, "Tell him yourself, bitch." He began e-mailing threats. "I want to send someone to blow up your house." "I want to cut you up and drink your blood." "I will kill you."
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