Celebrities and Their Stalkers
jodie foster stalker
In 1980, actress Jodie Foster took a hiatus from Hollywood to join the leagues students at Yale University.
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That same year, she became the victim of stalker John Hinckley Jr., who was obsessed with Foster and allegedly enrolled at Yale for the expressed and sole purpose of being close to her. He soon began leaving letters and poems in her mailbox, including one in which he outlines plans to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in an effort to win her affections. On March 30, 1981, Hinckley made good on his promise. He traveled to a hotel in Washington, D.C. and shot the president and other members of the Republican Party. Though the president survived, Hinckley pleaded insanity and was found not guilty. In an interview with Newsweek, Hinckley said, "The line dividing life and art can be invisible. After seeing enough hypnotizing movies and reading enough magical books, a fantasy life develops which can either be harmless or quite dangerous."
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