Transcripts (31)

Alexander Main and Edith Simcox: The Passionate Worshipers


  • 6 days ago
  • 33:50

Mary Ann Evans, better known under the pseudonym George Eliot (1819-1880), was a major Victorian novelist and poet. As her popularity grew, so did her admirers.  Two in particular - Alexander Main and Edith Simcox - started to cross the line as far as “passionate devotion.”  One sent numerous gushy letters. Another recorded her unreciprocated love for the novelist in a secret journal. Both made George Eliot pretty uncomfortable.

Georgiana Fane: “The High Society Stalker”


  • 13 days ago
  • 33:04

Georgiana Fane (1801-1874) was an English heiress, most famously known for being featured in a portrait as a peasant girl (painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence). She also gained a reputation for her harassing pursuits of the Duke of Wellington. From what once was a secretive love affair, Georgiana’s later threats and angry letters turned out to be more than the Duke bargained for.

Léa-Anna B.: King George V’s Admirer


  • 20 days ago
  • 28:34

Holly and Maria continue the topic of erotomania this week with the story of Léa-Anna B. Léa-Anna B. is best known for stalking England’s George V.  Criminalia’s two co-hosts cover everything about the delusional disorder, from the curtain “messages” that Léa-Anna B. thought were from the king, to learning about who clarified the term (psychiatrist Gaëtan Gatian de Clérambault).

Erotomania: Stalking for Love


  • 24 days ago
  • 20:22

Surprise - Criminalia is back again this week with a bonus episode!  Erotomania is a condition where someone obsessively believes a person is in love with him or her.  From outlining movie examples to providing tips on how to approach such a stalker, co hosts Holly and Maria explain the term: just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Edward Jones: “The First Celebrity Stalker”


  • 27 days ago
  • 30:25

Edward Jones (1824-1893) as a teenager became best known for stalking Britain’s Queen Victoria during the 1800s. “The boy Jones” made numerous (successful) attempts at sneaking into the official residency of the Queen. Though each of the teen’s “visits” turned out to be harmless, overtime, the monarchy was not amused.