Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Royal stalkers are psychotic

A Camilla fan perhaps?

Monash University in Melbourne and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health have released findings of a study into the behaviour of those who stalk members of the British Royal Family. The most startling fact was that in 80% of cases the stalker was suffering serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia and hallucinations.

The boffins looked at over 20,000 incidents involving members of the Royal Family and found that over a 15 year period, 600 people managed to get close to a royal family member and there was 17 attacks on members of staff, police protection officers and/or property.

Forensic psychiatrist, Paul Mullen, from Monash University in Melbourne said: "We didn't expect such high rates of psychosis. It was very surprising to us."

Perhaps the most imfamous instance of a royal being stalked was when Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace in 1982. The Queen woke when she was disturbed by a curtain moving only to realise that Mr Fagan was in her bed chamber. He then sat at the edge of her bed and chatted to her for over 10 minutes. He was arrested but not charged with trespass.

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