"I've been receiving fan mail since I was a kid. Nothing ever really odd, just, â€˜I'm your biggest fan,' and â€˜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
One morning, her home phone rang, and her mother answered it. "She mouthed to me, â€˜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
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."
"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.
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.