Harassing phone calls and text messages can be a real problem. This type of harassment is sometimes simply a minor source of annoyance, but all too often can be very unsettling and frightening to victims. In an extreme case out of Arizona, a woman has been accused of flooding an unidentified man’s phone with over 159,000 text messages.
What started this barrage of text messages? A single date.
Jacqueline Ades met the victim on an online dating website. There was never a second date.
Over the course of the next several months, Ades sent the man over 159,000 text messages, at a rate of over 500 messages a day. She is further accused of stalking and breaking into his home while he was on vacation. The break-in was caught on security cameras and when the police arrived, they found Ades taking a bath. She told the police that she wanted to make sushi with the man’s kidneys and take a bath in his blood.
Unsurprisingly, she was taken into police custody. Details regarding the matter only get more peculiar, and include a claim of abduction by Walt Disney (who died in 1966).
At a hearing this past January, Ades was deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial and is now being held while she is placed in a Restoration of Competency program.
While this is an extreme example of harassment, it does happen. There are steps a user can take to help prevent, limit or stop altogether ongoing harassing messages, including blocking the cell phone number, using carrier provided tools to assist with blocking content, or even installing apps such as Mr. Number.
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