In 2004, a woman charged with stalking and sending death threats to Michael Douglas and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, stood trial in a Los Angeles, California courtroom. The defendant, thirty two year-old Dawnette Knight, had met Michael Douglas at a party in South Beach in 2002. Believing that this chance meeting constituted a relationship with Douglas, Knight began sending letters to Catherine Zeta-Jones detailing grisly threats on how she planned to get rid of Jones. One letter set out how Knight would cut Zeta-Jones into little pieces and feed her to dogs. Knight, who had plans to become a child psychologist, also knew the name of the Douglas' nanny and the layout of their home.
After days of testimony in which both Douglas and Zeta-Jones took the stand, a jury found Knight guilty and she was sentenced to three years in prison. Catherine Zeta-Jones nearly suffered a nervous breakdown and during the trial, Knight attempted suicide.
The eerie similarities of Knight's crimes compared to those of David Caruso's fugitive Austrian stalker, Heidemarie Schnitzer are uncanny. Schnitzer, who is known for plagiarizing the words and ideas of others, probably wasn't able to come up with an original stalking scam as well. In fact, it appears that Schnitzer simply stole a page out of Dawnette Knight's stalker playbook.
Heidemarie Schnitzer remains at large on Mexico's Baja peninsula wanted on an International Warrant for threatening to murder CSI Miami's David Caruso and for fleeing Austria to avoid prosecution thereof. Schnitzer is armed and considered to be extremely dangerous. Please do not attempt to apprehend this woman. Contact the U.S. Border Patrol at 1-800-232-5378 , the FBI at (310) 477-6565 or Austria's Bundeskriminalamt at +43-(0)1-531 26-0