The last step was to obtain Björk's home address in London. Such addresses are available for as little $5 from celebrity services, which give away personal details for money.
Then he took the package to the post office and mailed it. He came home still savoring the drama. One taped showed him saying to the camera, "It went off almost without a hitch. I'm shaking more and more, but I was real cool in there, just a little bit nervous."
‘This Is the Last Song’
With his bomb now almost at Björk's doorstep, Lopez began the final act for his tape — and his life. He painted his head red and green. "It would make it easier for him to shoot himself because he didn't look like himself," Cornwell explained.
As Lopez sat in the chair with his gun, he kept picking up a mirror and looking at himself. "As if he's saying, 'That's not me. It's easier this way,' " Cornwell said.
On his video, Lopez talked about his own family both clinically and affectionately. He said he knew many killers had families that were brutal, but said his own family was normal and kind. "I had a, you know, not perfect, but very stable foundation, strong family," he said.
As Lopez neared the end of his life, he played Björk's music in the background. "I feel a little nervous now. I'm definitely not drunk. I am not depressed. I know exactly what I am doing. It is cocked back. It's ready to roll," he said.
The song changed. "I remember you," sang Björk. Lopez said: "This is the last song. After this, I'm dead. I'm nervous."
His last words were: "This is for you." He pulled the trigger. On the video, a gunshot rang out, but there was no visible blood. Lopez groaned and simply fell out of the frame.
An Eternal Bond
Police found Lopez's body four days after he killed himself. Estimating it would take five days for a package mailed in Florida to reach a London address, investigators realized that left them only about a day to stop the bomb.
In London, British detectives at Scotland Yard set up a special secret system they have for intercepting potentially dangerous packages in the mail. The package was spotted at a post office in south London. Its next stop would have been Björk's London home. Even now, Scotland Yard will not say precisely how they did it.
Right after the bomb was found, Björk emerged from her house, shaken. "I make music, but in other terms, you know, people shouldn't take me too literally and get involved in my personal life. I make music for people, you see," she told reporters.
Lopez's bomb did not reach its target — but his plan was not been a complete failure: Björk now knows his name.
In some cases, by committing the murder, "what you're also doing is you are bonding with that person for all eternity," said Cornwell, noting that stalkers' names often live on in the public's memory, tied forever with the object of their obsession.
"I think part of his obsession with Björk, which is also true of some of these other people who get obsessions, is he wanted to be her," Cornwell said.
"He wanted her success. He wanted to be a star. And I think there's a tremendous amount of envy that goes with what appears to be some sort of love."