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Alleged cosplay stalker sets several cars on fire during Anime Los Angeles Convention

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Cosplay! It’s fun, anyone can do it and like most activities in life it has a certain deranged side to its fandom. While it’s not unusual for people to have a small lapse in etiquette when it comes to mingling with cosplayers (think photography sniping and mishandling delicate props c’mon folks don’t be a Melvyn), there are those people who take things a step too far and start inappropriately touching cosplayers and try to grab dirty pictures using foot cameras.

And then there are those people who clearly need some help. Case in point: Cosplayer Julia Moreno Jenkins, who is now sitting without a car thanks to one obsessive stalker who decided to set her vehicle on fire. “While I was attending Anime Los Angeles, my car was targeted and set on fire by an obsessed stalker who specifically set my car on fire,” Jenkins wrote on her GoFundMe page where she hopes to raise enough funds to replace her vehicle.

According to the night manager of the Azure Hotel and Suites in Ontario, California  (Thanks ABC News and Kotaku), their surveillance footage “showed a man walk up to the main vehicle, pour two cans of gasoline all over it and then [flick] a match on it”. This being the real world, that fire soon spread to several other cars and the hotel had to be evacuated.

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Jenkins and her husband managed to identify the culprit as her stalker after reviewing the CCTV footage, and the arsonist was soon picked up by police and is currently being held in custody. Cases like this are unfortunately not exactly once-offs in the USA cosplay scene, with numerous other stories being told of harassment and fans who get a little too obsessed with their idols.

Fortunately, the damage done wasn’t physical this time.

Last Updated: January 15, 2019

19 Comments

  1. Sick people this.

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  2. MaSeKind

    January 15, 2019 at 13:26

    The problem here is when you connect with your fans, chat to them personally on social media, etc. you are also going to attract the crazies. Like the fans who show up someone they follow’s house.

    Also the weirder the thing is that you are known for, the weirder your fans will be. And lets be honest, anime/cosplay fandoms has some weird people

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    • Pariah

      January 15, 2019 at 13:26

      Every fandom has weird people. Every sphere has outliers. But this isn’t just weird. This is batshit crazy.

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  3. Admiral Chief

    January 15, 2019 at 13:46

    “foot cameras”
    WTF

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  4. Admiral Chief

    January 15, 2019 at 13:51

  5. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    January 17, 2019 at 11:15

    Those seats don’t look very comfortable

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  6. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    January 17, 2019 at 11:14

    In this current political feminist climate, i’d think twice before believing a woman who claims to have been harrassed.

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