Many private investigations attempt to help clients with issues concerning stalking. Yet few investigators are properly trained in how to deal with a stalker. Paul Mullen an Australian psychologist identifies 5 different Stalker types:The Rejected Stalker
The rejected stalker commences stalking after the end of a relationship. This group was the largest of the five in Mullen’s study. They were either seeking to reestablish the relationship or were seeking to enact revenge against the person they felt had scorned them. This type of stalker’s behavior tends to last the longest due to the obsessive nature of the perpetrator, and they also are the most dangerous. Mullen’s research suggests the majority of rejected stalkers suffer from personality disorders. A small minority meet the criteria for delusional disorder.The Intimacy Seeking Stalker
The second largest group was the intimacy-seeking stalker. This type seeks an intimate relationship with their victims. Half of these subjects truly believed their feelings of affection were mutual. This type has a high incidence of delusional disorder.The Incompetent Stalker
The hallmark characteristic of the incompetent stalker is poor social skills. In other words, they are motivated to pursue their victim because they have a poor understanding of acceptable social interactions. They act in an inappropriate manner toward those they pursue. The incompetent stalker believes that his or her actions will lead to an intimate relationship. A developmental disability could cause an individual to engage in stalking behavior because they may not comprehend social cues or understand acceptable interpersonal behavior.The Resentful Stalker
The resentful stalker sets out with the goal of frightening or distressing the victim. This typically is the result of a perceived slight or insult to the stalker. The motive here is to gain some semblance of revenge; and this group is likely to make direct threats to their victims.The Predatory Stalker
Predatory stalkers are in preparation for landing a sexual assault. This type can arguably be considered the most dangerous of the 5 types, and was the smallest of the 145 sample in Mullen’s study. This group was made up exclusively of men. Predatory stalkers aren’t likely to openly harass a person. Rather, they use methods such as surveillance and tracking to keep tabs on the victim (Carraway). Understanding the type of stalker, you’re dealing with is essential. At G.A. Tucker PI we have trained investigators in Forensic Behavioral Science and are equipped in identifying, preparing a safety plan and properly deal with the situation for our clients. Allow us the opportunity to create a resolution.
Carraway, Christy. “The 5 Types of Stalkers (and How to Stay Safe).” The Mental Health Blog,
14 Feb. 2020, www.thementalhealthblog.com/the-5-types-of-stalkers/.