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Topic: Chris Cornell threatened by stalkers

NYPOST reports...

Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell and his French wife, Vicky, are under siege from crazy stalkers who are threatening the lives of their two young children - reports NYPost.

A friend of the couple says Cornell just installed an "impenetrable" $250,000, high-tech security system in the family's $8 million Beverly Hills mansion because of increasingly bizarre and detailed death threats aimed at them and their toddlers, Toni, 2, and Chris, 10 months.

According to the friend, "The threats started coming in 2004, when Vicky was six months into her pregnancy with Toni. They usually come by e-mail or by regular mail and are explicit, referring to killing the children and Vicky and exactly how they plan on killing them. It's disgusting and terrifying. These people know where they live and how to get ahold of them."

One horrible message came from a woman who told Vicky, "You stole my baby and now [the baby] must die." The threats escalated recently, just as Cornell was about to leave home to start his worldwide promotional tour of "You Know My Name," the theme song in the latest James Bond flick, "Casino Royale" - prompting Cornell to install more than 40 video cameras, invisible laser beams, and 24-hour security guards.

The Beverly Hills police have also been notified and now "have scheduled routine drive-bys and are doing everything within their power to apprehend the predators."

A rep for the couple declined comment. But they have cause to worry.

Although Beverly Hills is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the United States, the posh area has suffered from a surge in professional burglaries in recent years, some of which have been violent.

After Page Six reported on the crime wave, Vanity Fair's Michael Schnayerson wrote in 2005 that Beverly Hills, Bel Air and other affluent L.A. neighborhoods are "under siege by gangs of burglars who have made off with tens of millions of dollars in loot."

Cops downplayed things, saying, "Crime is not much worse than it has been in years. There are far bigger crime problems on the south side of the valley, in Encino."

I think is absolutely sick, threatening his wife and children is such a way. They need locking up.

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Re: Chris Cornell threatened by stalkers

That is crazy, what were they thinking!

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It is indeed disgusting. Nothing justifies this kind of behaviour.

One comment:

i expect u2 die wrote:

[i]Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell and his French wife, Vicky

Why does it matter what nationality his wife is? If she were Jewish, would they refer to her as his Jewish wife? It's a minor issue but I find it rather odd that they would mention her nationality as it has nothing to do with the story.

Last edited by Dan Same (11th Oct 2006 04:40)

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I think 'Jewish' is probably more thought of as a religion than it is a nationality.  If Cornell's wife were Israeli, they might mention it, as they pointed out that she was French.

Not sure about the relevance of Mrs. Cornell's nationality, except as a point of interest---they could equally have said, if it were the case, that "Cornell and his Montana-born wife, Vicky..."  Either way, she's not from Beverly Hills, which is probably what the reporter was getting at.

But...God!  How frightening!  Fortunately, Cornell can well afford the best in security measures---although 24-hour security guards can't be cheap---but, unfortunately, the world is crawling with bottom-feeders and lunatics, and the famous often become targets.

Last edited by Loeffelholz (11th Oct 2006 05:39)

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Re: Chris Cornell threatened by stalkers

Dan Same wrote:

It is indeed disgusting. Nothing justifies this kind of behaviour.

One comment:

i expect u2 die wrote:

[i]Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell and his French wife, Vicky

Why does it matter what nationality his wife is? If she were Jewish, would they refer to her as his Jewish wife? It's a minor issue but I find it rather odd that they would mention her nationality as it has nothing to do with the story.

Welcome to the world of journalism, Dan! Whenever you read articles they are always stuffed with useless information. It's a slight of hand trick to make the readers think they're getting a lot of meat in the story. Also note that the bottom half of the story has nothing to do with Cornell, the stalkers, or death-threat crimes in general. The last sentence is a typical ploy of journalists that tricks the reader in taking quotes out of context. The police say that "there are far bigger crime problems"...the police officer is not referring to the threats against Cornell and family's life, he's referring to the burglaries in the area. You gotta love journalists!

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His wife is actually Greek, but holds French citizenship. I think the only point was to point out that his wife was not American.