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Woman arrested over Hawking death threats

By T.K. Randall
July 2, 2016 · Comment icon 13 comments

Hawking spoke at the Starmus astronomy festival. Image Credit: NASA
An American woman has been arrested for sending a series of death threats to the world-famous physicist.
The 74-year-old author of 'A Brief History of Time' had been attending the annual Starmus astronomy festival in Tenerife when the arrest occurred.

It later transpired that the woman had previously sent a number of threatening messages to Hawking's Twitter account and that one of his children had reported her to the police.
She has since been issued with a restraining order preventing her from going within 500 meters of the physicist and has also been banned from contacting him for eight months.

"She had been pursuing Mr Hawking throughout the world and in the last few days had sent him grave threats through social media and to his personal email," said a police spokesman.

"In the various emails he received she outlined plans to end his life during the scientific conference being held in Tenerife. Because of the information contained in the emails, it appeared the person sending them could have been inside the conference venue."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by rashore 8 years ago
That is always the creepiest when some stalker threatens harm yet claims love to their actions.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hawkin 8 years ago
So she says she's in love with Hawking and claims to never hurt him. It somewhat reminds me of the movie, Fatal Attraction.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Totah Dine 8 years ago
Well, if she goes back to Norway there is universal health care coverage.  But I'm sure she will be sent packing to the U.S. because of her criminal behavior.  Where she will be ignored and end up on the streets with the rest of the mentally ill without money to pay for treatment.  'Murica!  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Lucas Cooper Merrin 8 years ago
he's always been abit of a player
Comment icon #8 Posted by Wickian 8 years ago
Well, at least she was polite enough to tell him she was making complicated plans to kill him.  I'm sure he would have wanted to dress spiffy for such an occasion. On a positive note, there's now one less person who gets murderously angry at outspoken Atheists(I have no idea if Hawking is or not) walking free in the world.
Comment icon #9 Posted by xxxdemonxxx 8 years ago
What does Steven Hawking do when he needs to take a crap? He logs out. budum tsh!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Codenwarra 8 years ago
Loonies, eh? Nice to see cosmonaut Alexei Leonov in the Telegraph photo on Dawkins' right.
Comment icon #11 Posted by GreenmansGod 8 years ago
Sounds like she loves him to death.   There is always somebody looking to spoil a good party.  Looks like a really great festival.
Comment icon #12 Posted by UFOwatcher 8 years ago
I like the guy and all his quirks. Happy UFO Day Mr. Hawking!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Codenwarra 8 years ago
Given what I see on other parts of the net from the loopy end of the religious crowd, this does not surprise me.  

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