The term "stalking" typically brings to mind visions of the camouflaged hunter, crouched low, patiently and meticulously circling his animal prey, calculating his precise moment of attack. In November of 1991, Canadian Colin McGregor donned the camouflage and after a two month vigil, shot his wife with a crossbow. In 1992, a Virginia man spent six months circling and sizing up his prey until he attacked, shooting her, setting her on fire, and finally dumping her charred body into the creek that would be her home for the next eight months. Slowly but surely, the act of stalking is taking on a new form. What once was a term used primarily in reference to wild animals has now become commonplace in describing crimes against women across the globe.
Keirsten L. Walsh, Safe and Sound at Last? Federalized Anti-Stalking Legislation in the United States and Canada, 14 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 373 (1996).