INSANE: 10 Real-Life Cases of Psychotic Jealousy

Ronnie Spector: She finally escaped the pathologically jealous clutches of her music producer husband Phil Spector—who later murdered a woman. (Wikimedia Commons)
Ronnie Spector: She finally escaped the pathologically jealous clutches of her music producer husband Phil Spector—who later murdered a woman. (Wikimedia Commons)

1. THE GLASS COFFIN AND THE PASSENGER’S-SEAT MANNEQUIN

Music producer Phil Spector became famous in the early 1960s for his “Wall of Sound” production style on songs such as “Be My Baby” and “Baby, I Love You.” Both of those tracks were by The Ronettes, whose lead singer Ronnie went on to marry Phil Spector, only to realize he may have been the most insanely jealous man in world history.

A megalomaniac who was known to roam his LA mansion in a Superman outfit, Phil was once rumored to have led Ronnie Spector’s mom down to his basement to show her a glass coffin. He reportedly told her that’s where Ronnie would wind up if she ever left him. Rumor also had it that he forbade Ronnie from leaving their estate for years, and when he finally lifted the ban, he insisted she drive with a mannequin in the passenger’s seat so guys would think it was her boyfriend and wouldn’t try to hit on her. Toward the end of their toxic marriage, Phil locked Ronnie inside their mansion for months. Ronnie finally escaped Phil’s mansion barefoot past guard dogs and bodyguards and into her mother’s safe arms. In 2009, her insane ex-husband was arrested and convicted of murdering another woman. Here is his mugshot:

Phil Spector (LAPD)
Phil Spector (LAPD)

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2. A LIE-DETECTOR TEST EVERY TIME HE LEFT THE HOUSE

One might say that Debbi Wood is jealous—so jealous that she has been called not only “Britain’s Most Jealous Woman” but also “The World’s Most Jealous Woman.” Not only does she obsessively scan her fiancé Steve’s bank statements, phone records, and email, she forbids him from even looking at pictures of other women in magazines. She admits that even if Steve leaves the house for fifteen minutes, she will subject him to a polygraph test upon his return to make sure he wasn’t looking lustfully at other women. Ms. Wood has been diagnosed with “Othello Syndrome,” a rare disorder that leads to extreme jealousy even with no evidence of infidelity.

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3. GUY TELLS BARACK OBAMA NOT TO TOUCH HIS GIRLFRIEND

During early voting in Chicago during 2012’s presidential election, a woman named Aia Cooper wound up standing at a voting machine right next to Barack Obama. Her jealous boyfriend Mike told Obama, “Mr. President, don’t touch my girlfriend.” Obama told Mike, “I wasn’t really planning on it.” Then, just to rub it in, Obama hugged Aia and reportedly told her, “You’re gonna kiss me, give him something to talk about. Now, he’s really jealous.”

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4. GUY SMASHES GIRLFRIEND’S LAPTOP AFTER SEEING A PICTURE OF MITT ROMNEY

Left: Lowell Turpin (Anderson County Sheriff’s Office). Right: Mitt Romney. (Wikimedia Commons)
Left: Lowell Turpin (Anderson County Sheriff’s Office). Right: Mitt Romney. (Wikimedia Commons)

Even if one has extraordinarily lax standards regarding male beauty, Lowell Turpin of Tennessee is still not a handsome man. And even if one hates Mitt Romney’s politics, the general consensus is that he was handsome. These two truths became fused in one violent act in 2012 when the “violent, overbearing” Turpin saw a picture of Romney on his girlfriend’s laptop and assumed it was some dude she was having an affair with. Flying into a psychotic rage, the 310-pound Turpin yanked the laptop from his girlfriend’s hands and threw it against a wall. He then punched her in the face. And then he posed for that gorgeous mugshot you see above.

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5. WOMAN ALLEGEDLY STABS BOYFRIEND TO DEATH FOR TEXTING HIS BOSS

Earlier this year, 23-year-old Kristal Delvalle of The Bronx was arrested and charged with the stabbing death of her 21-year-old boyfriend. The alleged cause of the stabbing? She thought he was texting another woman, when in reality he’d been texting his boss that he was going to be late for work.

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6. SUSPICIOUS BIRTHDAY PRESENT LEADS TO THREE MURDERS

William Balfour (Cook County Sheriff's Department)
William Balfour (Cook County Sheriff’s Department)

Estranged from his wife Julia Hudson—sister of superstar Jennifer Hudson—William Balfour of Chicago visited his wife one day in 2008, only to find a birthday present that he assumed had been given to her by a new lover. He flew into a rage and killed Hudson’s nephew, brother, and mother. He was convicted and handed three life sentences.

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7. JEALOUS WOMAN ALLEGEDLY DOUSES HER EX’S NEW GIRLFRIEND IN GASOLINE, BURNS HER TO DEATH

This past June, the charred corpse of a 19-year-old South African girl named Boitumelo Dlamini was found in a field. Her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend and three accomplices were arrested and charged with kidnapping her, dousing her in gasoline, and setting her ablaze. Her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend was reportedly insanely jealous and when they broke up, she commanded him only to date ugly girls who already had kids. Apparently the victim was neither ugly nor had kids.

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8. HUSBAND DIVORCES WIFE FOR KISSING A HORSE

In 2013, an unnamed “jealous Saudi man…divorced his wife after discovering she had kissed a horse when he saw her picture with the animal on social networks.” The wife expressed no remorse and even stated that she was proud to be seen kissing an Arabian horse.

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9. BOYFRIEND LAUNCHES CROWD-FUNDING CAMPAIGN SO HE CAN TRACK HIS GIRLFRIEND ON SPRING BREAK

This past March, Azel Prather Jr. started a gofundme campaign titled “Save My Relationship.” I’ll let his campaign page pick it up from here:

Greetings people! As you know, spring break is fastly approaching and my youngin (pictured above) and her friends are going to Miami. If you know anything about Miami, you know that she shouldn’t go without a chaperone. I need to get there to be with her and share this joyous time but my funds have been exhausted. We have a great thing going and I would hate to see it go down the drain for a little sand and sun. If you can find it in your heart to donate ANYTHING to help save my relationship I would greatly appreciate it. I just need a round trip flight. I will be staying wherever she lays her head, eating whatever she eats, and overseeing all parties and fun activitiy for the duration of the trip. I thank you in advance. Please fellas, I love her.

Prather raised a grand total of $360, which he used to buy a ticket to Miami. He even posted selfies of he and his girlfriend having fun. I guess the message is that sometimes overbearing jealousy…works? Maybe this one wasn’t so crazy after all.

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10. HE SLEPT ON HER DOORSTEP TO KEEP OTHER MEN AWAY

Again earlier this year—LOTS of insane jealousy this year, it seems—a woman in Zimbabwe went to court to seek a protection against her jealous ex-lover, whom she claimed had taken to sleeping on her front doorstep in order to intimidate any would-be new suitors. The protection order was granted and her hapless ex must now endure the torture of sleeping somewhere else—like, say, a bed. TC mark

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