Tyra Banks: Latest Stalked Celeb

Besides her fame, wealth and good looks, there's something else that separates talk show host and model mogul Tyra Banks from most other people who've ever been stalked: The odds are that the alleged perpetrator in her case is suffering from some kind of delusional thinking.

Brady Green, a 37-year-old Georgia native who unnerved Banks, was arrested last week and charged with stalking, harassment and criminal trespass before being released on his own recognizance, according to the New York Post.

Green allegedly harassed Banks for months, including making phone calls, sending letters and flowers and visiting her Los Angeles studios.

Such behavior, which is typical of people who stalk celebrities, is a far cry from men who "treat their wives like possessions," said Jack Levin, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston.

About 10 percent of the general population — the vast majority, women — have been stalked at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Justice. But the "everyday stalker is usually not schizophrenic — he just suffers from poor character," Levin said. "There is often a trigger, like a divorce or custody dispute."

Dan Barber, a private investigator who has worked on numerous stalking and murder cases, emphasizes that the more routine cases should not be taken lightly.

In some cases the spurned boyfriend or husband is what criminologists call a "psychopathic personality stalker" — usually a man from a dysfunctional home who uses violence as a form of control.

But when it comes to celebrity stalkers, Levin said, schizophrenia or some other form of pathological delusional thinking is the norm. "He may be paranoid, may hallucinate, hear voices [or] suffer from a profound thought disorder."

The profile of a celebrity stalker is one who actually believes he -- and in rare cases, she -- is engaged in a close, personal relationship with the oblivious star.

Still, not all star stalkers are psychotic.

According to Bruce Mapes, a Philadelphia forensic psychologist, otherwise healthy people can be "addicted" to the thought of a relationship with a star and go to any lengths to achieve that.

He or she may need to be treated with intense therapy and/or medication, and in extreme cases, hospitalization.

Here are some other famous cases.

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Late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien is known for his comedic antics on his NBC show, but persistent attention from a stalker was no laughing matter.

Boston priest David Ajemian, 46, allegedly sent multiple disturbing communications to O'Brien during a 14-month period. Ajemian was eventually arrested by New York City police after trying to gain entry to O'Brien's Rockefeller Center studio. Despite the scandal, his seminary mentor has said Ajemian was a "kind and caring" person.

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"Kill Bill" star Uma Thurman was stalked by an obsessed fan for two years.

Jack Jordan, 35, was arrested outside of the actress' home in the West Village in New York City on Oct. 5, 2007, after reportedly camping outside of her house, trespassing on a movie set and drawing a bizarre cartoon of Thurman digging a grave for him.

He allegedly sent a letter to her with the eerie threat, "I feel afraid that if I see you out again with another man, I will want to kill myself, maybe even after we meet."

Jordan, a former psychiatric patient, was charged with attempted coercion, stalking and aggravated harassment.

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