A Las Vegas woman shot her stalker – an ex-boyfriend – as he attempted to force his way into her home Friday, then poured out her heart on the internet. The shooting brought an end to a six-month game of cat and mouse as her tormentor evaded the police and continually threatened the woman’s life.
At around 1am Friday, Douglas Eugene Jackson, 22, kicked in the door of the woman’s apartment, near Tropicana Avenue and South Durango Drive. Already in fear for her life and anticipating such an event, the woman had wedged a chair against the inside of the door. As her would-be attacker attempted to squeeze through the door and dislodge the chair, the woman fired two shots from her handgun, hitting Jackson once in the chest.
Jackson managed to get away but a police K-9 unit later found him, attempting to hide in some bushes.
After the shooting, the victim posted an account to the website imgur, describing how she was “in a haze of guilt, surprise, relief and disbelief.” She went on to write “I survived, where so many people do not. Holy shit, I survived.”
In an earlier blog post, on reddit, the woman described, in detail how Jackson – whom she had dated for just one month – stalked, threatened and intimidated her over a period of six months. This blog – a virtual case-study in the struggle between stalker and victim – described the woman’s attempts to evade Jackson and, in turn, the tricks and deceptions he used to continue to hound her. The woman erased her online presence, moved to a different residence and obtained temporary restraining orders against Jackson, who responded by telling her, in a message, that “…a restraining order is just a piece of paper.”
According to the victim’s account, Jackson’s behavior was extremely obsessive; he would call her multiple times every day, send “50-page text messages” and threaten to kill her or her family members. It didn’t take him long to find out where she had relocated to and he would frequently bang on her door and ring her doorbell repeatedly, in the early hours of the morning. Despite numerous police reports, law enforcement were unable to do anything as Jackson fled the scene each time his victim called the police.
The victim’s reddit blog had been a request for help; she was attempting to locate a private investigator to find out where Jackson was now living. She concluded her online cry for help by writing “People overuse the word ‘stalking’ so much these days that no one takes it seriously anymore. As soon as someone doesn’t like someone anymore they call them a stalker. This isn’t staring at your ex’s new lover’s timeline longer than you healthily should. This is the real ‘scared to sleep at night’ deal.” Clearly understanding that her life was in danger, the victim closed with “I have felt the fear before and it’s eating away at me. I need help. Badly.”
The victim spoke to the Las Vegas television channel Fox 5, but did not wish to be identified.
Graham J Noble