Los Angeles - A man convicted of stalking Madonna
and who has "very violent tendencies" has escaped from a psychiatric
hospital, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said on Thursday.
Dewey Hoskins, 54, who was convicted in 1996 of stalking Madonna - he
once scaled a wall of the star's Hollywood home and threatened to cut
her throat from ear to ear - walked out of hospital last Friday, said a
He was jailed for 10 years in 1996, and after his
release was transferred to one hospital where he was determined to be a
"mentally disturbed offender", according to police.
about a year after his release from that hospital, he was arrested again
and sent to the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, southeast of
'I was supposed to be his wife'
is highly psychotic when not taking his medication and has very violent
tendencies," said an LAPD statement, asking people to be on the lookout
for him. "He could be in the Los Angeles area," it added.
testified at Hoskins' trial in 1996 that she had recurring nightmares
since seeing the homeless drifter near her home in April 1995.
bodyguard told her Hoskins claimed "he was there to take me away...
that I was supposed to be his wife, that if he couldn't have me, he was
going to slice my throat from ear to ear", she said.
returned to her Hollywood Hills estate the next month, at a time when
the singer was in Florida, scaled the perimeter wall, jumped into her
pool before being shot twice by a guard.