There are some definite perks to being a celebrity. Money, adoration, mansions, private jets, exotic vacations — the list goes on and on.
But there’s a more sinister side of fame, and that’s when people become obsessed with a celebrity. Whether they’re overly rabid fans or if they’re mentally ill, some folks take to stalking certain celebs, harassing them, threatening violence, and sometimes even going so far as murder.
Read on to learn which celebrities have survived terrifying encounters with deranged stalkers. Most of them made it out alive, but not all.
Sandra Bullock Stalker: Joshua James Corbett
Joshua James Corbett was tekin into custody after he showed up at Sandra Bullock’s home carrying a loaded machine gun. When police arrived at the home Bullock had locked herself in her bedroom. This was one of the scariest incidents of a celebrity being stalked in recent years.
Kim Kardashian Stalker: Dennis Shaun Bowman
Dennis Shaun Bowman was stalking reality TV star Kim Kardashian in 2010 when a restraining order was taken out against him. Bowman allegedly contacted Kardashian constantly and showed up at all of her events in the Los Angeles area. In 2013, a judge issued a permanent restraining order, which included any contact on social media.
Ivanka Trump Stalker: Justin Massler
Ivanka Trump was stalked by an obsessed fan named Justin Massler. He hounded Donald Trump’s daughter for two years. At one point he threatened to kill himself if he couldn’t be with Trump. In a set of various photos sent over Twitter he showed Trump his body covered in blood of an unknown origin. Definitely a scary and twisted situation.
Madonna Stalker: Robert Dewey Hoskins
Robert Dewey Hoskins is one of the most famous celebrity stalkers. He escaped from a mental hospital and immediately announced his intention to kill the “Like A Virgin” singer. Hoskins managed to climb over the wall at Madonna’s Los Angeles home. He was arrested in 1995 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Rebecca Schaeffer Stalker: Robert John Bardo
Robert John Bardo was obsessed with “My Sister Sam” actress Rebecca Schaeffer and in 1986 he started stalking the star. Bardo hired a private detective to find Schaeffer‘s address and then he showed up at her home asking for an autograph. Seconds later he shot and killed the actress.
Nicole Kidman Stalker: Matthew Hooker
Nicole Kidman filed a restraining order request against Matthew Hooker in 2001. He had been calling her home and had written her many love poems. A judge ordered him to remain at least 250 feet away from the actress. He later claimed they had a “flirting” relationship and then he attempted to run for President of the United States.
Catherine Zeta-Jones Stalker: Dawnette Knight
Dawnette Knight threatened to go after Catherine Zeta-Jones’ husband Michael Douglas and cut him into pieces if they didn’t divorce immediately. In her frightening letters she also promised to feed Douglas to her dogs. She was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading no contest.
Selena Gomez Stalker: Thomas Bordnicki
Thomas Bordnicki was 46 years old when he started stalking a then 20-year-old Selena Gomez. He would later claim that he had conversations with God about killing her. In 2011, Gomez filed a restraining order against her stalker but the judge refused the request until Bordnicki showed up in court. The stalker eventually admitted he was a threat, saying, “I do not wish to object to the restraining order against me because I know it is the only thing that will make me stay away from Selena.” At least he acknowledged his personal mental issues.
David Letterman Stalker: Margaret Mary Ray
Margaret Mary Ray has been sentenced to prison on several different occasions. Those prison stays were all related to harassing David Letterman and trespassing on his property in Connecticut. In 1988, she stole the former talk show hosts’ Porsche and drove it through the Lincoln Tunnel. She was arrested again after breaking into his home. In 1998 she knelt in front of a speeding train in Colorado — ending her own life.
Uma Thurman Stalker: Jack Jordan
Jack Jordan was stalking Uma Thurman in 2008. He sent the actress sexually suggestive and violent greeting cards and drawings. His attempts to contact her went on for several years. In 2010, a judge threw him in prison for violating probation. He was released but jailed again in 2011, after he refused to take his medication.
Alec Baldwin Stalker: Genevieve Sabourin
Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin flew from her home in Montreal, Quebec to the Hamptons in an attempt to corner Alec Baldwin at his home in 2012. Before she attempted to meet the actor in person she sent him various emails and texts. She told the actor she wanted to have his child. Sabourin was eventually arrested and charged with harassment.
Gwyneth Paltrow Stalker: Dante Michael Soiu
Dante Michael Soiu sent Gwyneth Paltrow five letters in 2000, along with boxes filled with porn. He would later show up at her parents’ home. He told her folks that he wanted to “cut the sin” out of her with “God’s scalpel.” He later sent her a vibrator with a love letter. That was enough to have him declared legally insane and make sure he would be detained at a mental health facility in California.
Taylor Swift Stalker: Lucas Vorsteveld
Taylor Swift was stalked by 22-year-old Lucas Vorsteveld. He swam nearly one mile to reach her private beach on Rhode Island. Swift’s security guards caught him in the middle of his attempt. He tried to tell the police that he was “just out for a walk.” Police took him into custody and her guards said he looked like “a sea monster” emerging from the water.
Conan O’Brien Stalker: Reverend David Ajemian
Conan O’Brien was stalked by a priest, wow. We’re not sure how to react to that. Rev. David Ajemian of the Archdiocese of Boston sent the talk show host a bunch of threatening letters from 2006-2007. In his letters he would refer to himself as “your priest stalker,” and wrote such notes as, “remember, Frank Costello once dodged a bullet in your building and so can you.” He eventually pleaded guilty and agreed to a two-year restraining order.
Robin Roberts Stalker: Troy Warren
ABC’s “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts was stalked by 43-year-old Troy Warren. He showed up at ABC studios in New York on eight different occasions between June 10 and June 24, 2014. Every time she arrived at the studio he demanded to see Roberts.
Paris Hilton Stalker: James Rainford
James Rainford was arrested after he violated a previous restraining order issued against him. He was caught attempting to trespass on Paris Hilton’s property in Malibu. Paris Hilton’s boyfriend at the time, Cy Waits, physically attacked the man at her home. They also got in a fight outside of the courthouse.
Alyson Hannigan Stalker: John Hobbs
John Hobbs was served with a three-year restraining order after he attempted to contact actress Alyson Hannigan online and threatened to kill the actress and her husband, Alexis Denisof. Taking to Facebook he once wrote, “With that said, in 2013 I still can marry you tomorrow. I can kill you tomorrow too. Cause I simply like and love you as you live life. Aly … It doesn’t end. Even after death.” He received a gun permit in 2000 and was released from a mental hospital in the same time period.
Blake Lively Stalker: Sergei Mifle
Sergei Mifle started showing up on the “Gossip Girl” set, claiming that he shared a “metaphysical connection” with the blonde beauty. As if stalking the actress wasn’t enough, he then began harassing her mom. Mom and daughter were granted an emergency restraining order for a period of three years.
Selena Stalker: Yolanda Saldívar
Tejano singer Selena was killed in 1995 by her own fan club’s president, Yolanda Saldívar. Selena and Saldívar had a disagreement over the fan club’s financial records. Saldívar was sentenced to life in prison but will have a chance at parole in just over a decade.
John Lennon Stalker: Mark David Chapman
Mark David Chapman is probably the most famous and hated celebrity stalker of all time. In December 1980, Chapman showed up outside of Lennon’s Manhattan apartment, where Lennon was signing autographs for a group of Beatles fans. Chapman shot Lennon and then remained on the scene of the crime. When police arrived Chapman was reading The Catcher in the Rye. Chapman said the novel was his “statement.” After pleading guilty he was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He is still serving his term.