Fatal Attraction: Danielle

Deadly Devotion?

"I've been receiving fan mail since I was a kid. Nothing ever really odd, just, ‘I'm your biggest fan,' and ‘Send me your picture,'" says Danielle Harris, who has appeared in Halloween 4, Halloween 5 and Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. "Then, one fan took it too far. He began stalking me." The fan sent her 300-400 letters. "He became obsessed. He started getting mad at me for changing the way that I looked. When I was on Roseanne, I cut my hair for a role, and he didn't

like that. The letters started getting really violent and sexually graphic. If I didn't do what he wanted me to do, that he was going to kill me. He would talk about where he wanted to stick a knife inside of me and how he wanted cut me up into little pieces. You feel raped. You feel totally vulnerable."

 

One morning, her home phone rang, and her mother answered it. "She mouthed to me, ‘Someone's trying to kill you,'" Danielle recalls. "It was Houston police saying that there's this man who's coming to get me and bring me back with him. I was scared for my life." The police arrested him in front of her house. "He came to my house with a teddy bear in the back of his car and a shotgun and a 9mm. He was brought in and questioned and escorted back to Texas."

 

Danielle placed a restraining order against the man. "The day after the restraining order had expired, before

the other one had gone into effect, he sent flowers to my new address, saying, ‘I love you. Happy Birthday,' and I went, 'OK, here we go.' I just didn't think that it would happen again," she says. "I got a few letters over the years. The last letter I received from him was saying that he wanted my forgiveness because he never meant to scare me."

Danielle has changed the way she conducts her life, in an effort to deter any future stalkers. "I don't have a bill in my name. I look over my shoulder all the time. If I pull up to my house and there's a random car, I won't get out of my car. When I do travel, I travel under a different name. I know how to fight. I know how to use weapons, and I'm very aware of my surroundings," she says. "I've learned to trust my instincts. I know when something isn't right. If you feel like something's wrong, something's most likely wrong."

Dr. Phil asks Danielle, "Do you worry about it the more and more that you're out there?"

"I do," she says. "I was kind of under the radar for a while, but I'm getting ready to do another big movie, and I'm afraid it's going to start right back up again."

"What were you thinking about when we were talking about what was going on with this story with Jay-Z and Katrina?" Dr. Phil asks.

 

"If I saw my stalker, if I was getting 200 e-mails a day, even just what I've had happened to me, I would run the other way," she says. Turning to Katrina she adds, "What you're doing isn't going to make him want you. The exact opposite is actually what's happening. You've made him scared of you. It's just not going to happen."

 

Danielle says that she worries her stalker will return. "Every day I get fan letters, and I'm looking for his handwriting," she says.

 

Dr. Phil asks Danielle, "What would you say to [Katrina] as somebody who's been on the other end of what she's been doing?"

"You're a beautiful, articulate girl who has so many opportunities, and you're wasting your time, and you're directing your energy in the wrong way," she says. "You're making him afraid of you. If you're his biggest fan, leave him alone, and be happy for him that he is with someone whom it seems like he might be in love with. Go find yourself someone who loves you as much as you say you love Jay-Z."

 

Danielle Harris can be seen in the upcoming remake of the classic horror film, Halloween and the movie, Left for Dead