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No, it's not Craigslist missed connections, though in some ways I guess stalking charges are the ultimate
missed connection: You're just sure there's something there, and it turns out you're right--it's called a restraining order.
A point of clarification: Stalking is no joke--all too often these cases take truly tragic turns. Women are disproportionately the victims of stalking, and teaching unstable types the line between friendly persistence and a dangerous invasion of someone's personal space should be part of a mandatory citizenship class.
Still, some of the local affidavits in Davidson County, pulled from public record, are almost comical in their pathetic desperation. To wit: Nothing says "I'm not crazy" like giving your intended a gold wedding set contained in a plastic rose, or letting them know you know how much their cable bill is:
Victim first met suspect when he came in to apply for temp work at her old office. During that time the suspect started buying the victim gifts, one of them being a baby carriage. This occurred approx. 5 weeks ago and all gifts were returned to suspect with the explicit demand that he stop pursuing her. Victim stated that she told suspect that she has a fiance. On this date, the suspect dropped off a bouquet of roses and a package containing a gold wedding set contained in a plastic rose at the victim's place of business. Other items in the box were pictures of him in earlier years. There were pictures of a home and vehicles that may be representative of the items meant to induce victim to be with the suspect. Victim is very afraid of suspect. She fears that the suspect may follow her to her home. Gifts that were given to victim today are turned into the Metro Police Property Section.
Between 12-17-09 and 12-29-09 the offense did occur in Nashville Davidson County Tennessee. The victim and the defendant are ex-girlfriend and boyfriend who dated for approximately 4 months. The victim has received approximately 200 phone calls and texts from the defendant between the above listed dates. Some of the calls she answers and others she does not. The suspect has phoned the victim several times when she leaves work to advise her that he knows/sees her leaving. She has repeatedly advised the defendant to stop calling her but he refuses. On 12-29-09 the victim advised the suspect at 2030 hrs. to stop calling her and to leave her alone. Between 2030 and 2040 he phoned her between 6 and 8 times and during these calls he stated to her that he knew that she lived across from him and that she also had a $24 cable bill due next month. As he advised her of this he laughed and asked her how she thought that he knew this.