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Christina Grimmie was a promising aspiring singer. She had been stalked by alleged perpetrator Kevin James Loible. He had traveled from St. Petersburg, Florida to Orlando, Florida where Miss Grimmie was performing. He walked up to her in an area where she was signing autographs. He was alleged to have walked into the area armed with two handguns. There were no threats or disturbances. Mr. Loible walked up to the area where Miss Grimmie was signing autographs. She had opened her arms to give him a hug. He then is alleged to have fired three rounds into Miss Grimmie fatally wounding her. He then killed himself. A note was also pinned to Mr. Loible’s family’s front door with condolences and concerns about Miss Grimmie’s death. The gunman was obsessed with Christina believing that she was his “soulmate.” As we often see with extreme, predatory violence, Mr. Loible was a “hermit” with poor social skills. He would cover the windows of his room with foil. These individuals always feel alienated and see themselves as on the outside looking in.
This situation and circumstances of Christina’s death cries out for an explanation. Somehow, someway we strive to make sense of these nonsensical events. The circumstances of the homicide of Christina Grimmie are strongly suggestive of the subtypes of stalking involving erotic delusion. There are numerous subtypes of stalking. In this case, the obsessive nature of the mind of a stalker is reflected in Mr. Loible traveling from St. Petersburg to Orlando to make contact with Miss Grimmie.
There are many subtypes of stalking. In this particular case, the alleged perpetrators behavior and fixation appears to be reflective of erotic delusions. These individuals pursue someone with whom they have little, or if any, relationship. They suffer from an erotic delusion in which they believe that they are loved by the victim. The stalking satisfies needs for contact and closeness while feeding fantasies of an eventual loving relationship. For this case, we see clear intentions of predatory behavior and control frequently seen in domestic violence.
High profile figures in our society live in glass houses fueled by social media. This writer has conducted forensic assessments in this area. Their lives are not easy and they are vulnerable to the irrational behaviors and acts of disordered minds. They need our prayers that they may be safe.
The alleged perpetrators family life was one of reported domestic violence. Those victimized go and victimize others. It is a vicious cycle of danger to other human beings. Unfortunately, Christina Grimmie was a target of this unreasonable violence. The family needs our support and prayers. Any abuse is life abuse!
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