Taylor Swift’s life in the spotlight has not only been champagne problems.
Between money, fame, numerous Grammy Awards and platinum records, the pop star, 32, has experienced some of the most dangerous influx pieces with obsessed fans – some of whom are still out there.
“The threats to her life have become so persistent that her security team installed face recognition software at the venues she performs in to specifically distinguish her stalkers from her fans,” Jake Brennan said in the new true-crime podcast “Land of Disgrace,” Which one explores the dark side of the music industry.
“Imagine that you are so famous and so harassed that [you’d need] technology that is specially programmed and installed to identify the insane people who will kill you, ”he said in the episode that premiered Tuesday.
The onslaught of stalking incidents has had a dramatic effect on Swift, who wrote an honest essay for She in March 2019, when she opened up about her fighting Toms.
“You’ll get enough stalkers trying to break into your house, and you’re just starting to prepare for bad things,” she wrote. “Every day I try to remind myself of the good in the world, the love I have witnessed, and the faith I have in humanity. We have to live bravely to really feel alive, and that does not mean being ruled by our greatest fears. “
Here’s a look back at the “Cats” star’s stalkers – and their dark motives for pursuing the singer.
Swarbrick drove 900 miles – from Austin, Texas, to Nashville, Tennessee – on three separate occasions to deliver more than 40 letters and death threats to Swift, her former label Big Machine Records and its CEO Scott Borchetta, in 2018.
“I will not hesitate to kill her, Scott,” read one of Swarbrick’s threatening letters. “And there’s nothing you or your lawyers or the law can do about it.”
Swarbrick’s obsession with Swift began when he was 22 years old and continued for four years.
“He felt the subject of his obsession with Taylor Swift reach out to him in over 100 dreams,” Brennan says in the podcast. “Eric logged these visions into his notebooks and [felt] he had waited long enough to claim her. “
Swarbrick’s letters were initially cordial, and he even sent “respectful” emails to Big Machine. But no one answered him.
The letters gradually became more frightening and more threatening and eventually said he would “rape and kill” Swift, That’s what U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee said in a statement.
Swarbrick chose to send his letters in person to the record company and not to Swift’s home. He knew her homes had “security like Fort Knox,” so going to her houses was out of the question.
He eventually pleaded guilty to charges of persecution and later did convicted to 30 months in prison. When his imprisonment ends next year, he will be subject to supervised release for three years.
Alvarado broke into Swift’s Tribeca apartment not once, but twice in less than a year (April 2018 and March 2019).
“Roger Alvarado was among the worst,” Brennan said. “Police found him sleeping in bed in her apartment in NYC. He was just bathing in her private bathroom and was fresh as a demented little daisy. He was waiting for her.”
Alvarado spent six months in jail for attempted burglary for the first time he crashed at Swift’s Big Apple pad. After his release, he did it again.
Police said he used a ladder to climb up the back of the building and then used a concrete block to smash through the glass door.
After his second arrest, he told eerily Page six that he does not regret his actions. When asked if he would do it again, he replied: “Probably with more violence, but not against her. I do not want to hurt her. I just wanted to talk to her, talk to her. She seems nice [and] cool.”
Alvarado entered into a complaint agreement in 2019, cope with criminal contempt in return for two to four years in prison.
” A cow. An aluminum baseball bat. Lock picks. A pair of rubber gloves. ‘ Taylor could not bring herself to keep reading [the newspaper article]said Brennan about David Liddle, a man from Iowa who was arrested near Swift’s Rhode Island mansion in 2019 and took these items with him.
That police caught Liddle near the home, where he had no suitcases but held on to a backpack full of tools. Liddle reportedly told police he was an old friend of Swift and he was there to get some tips from the music industry from her.
The case against Liddle was dismissed in August of the same year.
No matter who the person was, “each of these men was the same sick bastard inside. They all declared themselves to love a woman they never spent a second with,” Brennan says in the show. “They were in love with a Google search. Nothing more. “