In 1984, Richard Farley met new co-worker Laura Black at the Sunnyvale, California office of their employer ESL. He was instantly attracted to Laura and asked her out on numerous occasions but she politely refused his advances. Unwilling to take no for an answer, Farley proceeded to stalk Laura relentlessly.
After four years of Farley’s constant harassment, Laura saw no option but to take out a temporary restraining order against him. A court date was set for February 17th, 1988 to make the order permanent. On February 16th, Richard Farley went on a shooting spree at ESL, murdering seven people and wounding four others.
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Sources: The PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Richard Wade FARLEY, Defendant and Appellant. Decided: July 02, 2009. Obsession, By John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, Published: August 1st, 2010. ESL plant shooting survivor recalls ’88 massacre, By ABC7, July 21, 2012. ‘He Was Normal’, By Tom Jicha, The Sun Sentinel, February 9th, 1993. Suspect’s ‘Obsession’ Recounted, By Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Chicago Tribune, February 18, 1988. Anti-Stalking Laws Top List of New Legislation, The Washington Post. Love That Turned to Hate Is Linked to the Killing of 7, By Robert Lindsey, the New York Times, February 18, 1988.
Aussie As Sources: Man bashed in Macca’s drive-thru mix-up, Robyn Wuth, The Queensland Times, 29th May 2019. ‘Deserves to be in jail’: Victim’s anger after NRL star’s mum walks free. Mother of star footy player is charged with a serious assault AGAIN – and this time she could end up behind bars while her son makes his State of Origin debut, By Shive Prema and Lauren Ferri, Daily Mail, May 26, 2019.