Saturday, August 23, 2008
Twice in a ten year period of time, CBS executives find themselves again grappling with a very difficult situation. One of their major stars, David Caruso, is being stalked and threatened with death by a mentally ill woman. This time the perp is a fugitive Austrian named Heidi Schnitzer who went off the deep end after she never received an autograph from Caruso. Schnitzer has threatened to murder the star of CSI Miami, his daughter Greta Caruso and his former companion, Liza Marquez.
Ten years ago Margaret Ray, above left, suffering from schizophrenia stalked David Letterman and became fodder for late night jokes. Ray's stalking, although disturbing, amounted to nothing more than harmless pranks. Ray never made threats to physically harm Letterman or his family members. In the case of David Caruso's stalker, the stakes are much higher.
Schnitzer has been diagnosed with "severe personality disorder" that potentially could become dangerous. Add to it the fact that Schnitzer mailed her death threat letter to David Caruso outlining her plans to murder him and you have an extremely volatile situation brewing south of the U.S. border. With Schnitzer having fled Austria twice to avoid prosecution on stalking and sending death threats, the entire picture grows darker and darker.
Schnitzer, who remains in hiding in Tijuana, Mexico, continues using the Internet as her primary weapon to attack David Caruso. Sources close to the situation fear she is lying in wait readying her attempt to cross undetected into the U.S. to follow through on threats against Caruso and his family. Reliable tips also suggest that Schnitzer may be planning to disrupt the season premiere of CSI Miami in late September.
The U.S. Border Patrol has been placed on high alert and has photos of Heidi Schnitzer at all check points. For those traveling to the Southern California/Tijuana, Mexico area please be on the look out for Schnitzer. She is likely armed and considered dangerous. Report all suspicious activity to the Border Patrol at 1-800-232-5378. Or contact the local police in Tijuana, the U.S. FBI or Austria's Bundeskriminalamt at +43-(0)1-531 26-0.