Thursday, March 26, 2009

David Caruso Stalker Formally Extradited To Austria Today

From The Associated Press confirmation that David Caruso's stalker, Heidemarie Schnitzer, was officially extradited to Austria earlier today. German authorities turned over custody of Schnitzer to Austrian officials and she was transported to Innsbruck. Schnitzer, now a prisoner, was judged to be in good physical condition. No word yet on her mental condition.

Austria: Alleged Caruso stalker in custody

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian woman accused of stalking "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso is in custody after she was arrested in Mexico and deported back to her homeland, officials said Thursday.

The woman allegedly sent more than 100 letters to the American actor, pursued him for an autograph and then sent death threats when he refused to give her one, according to prosecutors in the Austrian province of Tyrol.

The woman — identified only as being in her early 40s — was charged with stalking and threatening to kill Caruso, but twice failed to show up for her trial in the city of Innsbruck.

She was arrested in Baja California, Mexico, several weeks ago on immigration charges and deported to Austria via Germany, Foreign Ministry spokesman Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal said. German authorities handed her over on Thursday.

Thomas Lechner, a spokesman for Innsbruck's Provincial Court, said a judge would determine within 48 hours whether the woman should remain in custody or be released.

Caruso plays Miami police Lt. Horatio Caine on the crime drama series on U.S. network CBS.

Austrian authorities have said a 2007 letter containing a death threat allegedly written by the suspect and bearing a Miami postmark was discovered in Caruso's fan mail.

A court-appointed psychiatrist testified that the suspect has a "profound personality disorder." If convicted, she faces up to three years in prison.

Lechner said a new trial date had not yet been set.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

David Caruso Stalker Heads To Austria For June Trial

Thomas Lechner, spokesman for Austria's national court, has confirmed that David Caruso's stalker will be extradited from Germany on Thursday, March 26, 2009. Custody of Heidemarie Schnitzer will officially be transferred at Kiefersfelden on the German/Austrian border. Schnitzer will be escorted from a German police car into an Austrian police car. Hope the door and window locks are in good working order on both vehicles. A deep debt of gratitude to our dear friend Lindy from down under who furnished us with the above photo of Schnitzer's transfer at the border.

Austria's Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper is reporting that Heidemarie Schnitzer will remain incarcerated until time of trial which is not expected to take place until June. Innsbruck Judge Guenther Boehler's trial docket apparently is completely booked until early summer.

Prior to trial, Schnitzer will undergo another extensive psychiatric evaluation the results of which will be reported to the Court.

Schnitzer's Death Threat

Schnitzer's Death Threat
Actual Letter Sent to Caruso