Your friend tells you in confidence that she thinks that her ex-boyfriend is following her. She describes seeing him in various places around campus, but he does not attend the same college that she does. Recently she has been receiving hang-up calls in the middle of the night. Her ex-boyfriend’s car was parked outside the bar the night before when she went out with friends. The whole thing is making her feel “kind of creepy.” She states that they had broken up 2 months before because he was so jealous. He had an explosive temper but had never hit her.
1. What type of stalker does this typify? Provide two (2) supporting facts to justify your answer.
2. Should your friend contact the police? Provide two (2) supporting facts to justify your answer.
James punched Janice in the stomach during a particularly bad fight. He threatened to kill her, and she believed that he would. Terrified that he would make good on this threat, she called the police. James left before the police arrived. Relieved that James had left, Janice did not pursue a restraining order against him. A week later, Janice was shot, and the police believed that James was the killer. James was arrested for her murder.
1. Can Officer Smith testify in the trial of James that Janice told him she thought James would kill her? Explain your answer, providing two (2) supporting facts.
2. Describe two (2) options that the police have in this situation.