Dangerous stalker 'craved friendship'

17:00, Jun 15 2012
Glenn Green
IN COURT: Glenn Green.

Glenn Green bumped into a 16-year-old girl on the bus. He discovered her name from her bus pass and managed to track down her address. He began calling her, sending her letters, following her and photographing her. Her life became a misery. She lived in fear.

But Green did not see it that way. He did not believe she did not want him. He told a probation officer that he might believe it if she said it to his face.

That was in the 1980s - the first of a litany of convictions for Green aka Glenn Goldberg, aka Glenn Corleone, Colcord, Holden and Versace.

He has convictions for criminal harassment, forgery, making false oaths, impersonating police, threatening to kill, intimidation, burglary, theft, fraud, and failing to observe court orders.

Yesterday in the North Shore District Court the count reached 201 after he added two more criminal harassment charges to his rap sheet. For those charges he was sentenced to 30 months in jail.

In person, Green appears sheepish and shy. His defence lawyer Geoffrey Anderson calls him ''socially inept''.


''He is a lonely man and he has acted inappropriately,'' he said.

But for the dozens of women he has harassed since the late 1980s it is the small distance he maintains that gives Green his power.

In 2004, he was described by police as ''New Zealand's most dangerous stalker''.

His victims have called his actions like ''living in a nightmare''. Another said she was a ''prisoner in my own home'', afraid to go out for fear that Green was out there with a telephoto lens watching her every move.

But the problem with Green, is that despite terrorising young women and causing immense pain, the laws he breaks are not sufficiently serious to get him a sentence that could prevent him from hurting more people.

He fixates on young women, many who he has never met, and concocts ways to contact them - in the most recent charge he contacted a woman whose partner had committed suicide and claimed to have information about the deceased.

Several of the women were former partners.

In 2000, he stalked an ex-girlfriend who he had met by claiming he was a reserve bowman on the Americas Cup boat Black Magic. Instead he had worked as a roofer, tyre fitter, panel beater and painter.

After a campaign of threatening phone calls and letters he spray-painted ''kill the bitch'' across the woman's work carpark.

Other women he has stalked after meeting by chance - seeing them on the TV show Blind Date or in the media.

He tracks them, sometimes by pretending to be a police officer, and takes photos of them.

Many have had to leave their homes and change their numbers to escape his attentions. 

Even from jail, he pursues women, writing them letters and continuing the stalking.

In a 2004 rape case, in which he was found not guilty, he was eventually convicted for sending letters to a 16-year-old girl and trying to persuade her to lie for him in the case.

One woman, then 17, who Green got pregnant, had a protection order placed on him.

From prison he pursued her, writing her letters alleging she had tried to kill their child and that there had been sexual abuse in her family.

He has three children who all live overseas.

She lost her job after Green wrote to her employer with some false information.

Despite going to jail for writing the letters, Green continued to bombard the woman with letters from inside.

One letter to the girl's mother included crime scene photos of where her partner had committed suicide.

He had another 20 months added to his sentence for those letters.

He served out his entire sentence without parole until he had to be released in November last year.

He began stalking a 19-year-old girl about a week later.

The victim wrote in a statement to North Shore District Court on Friday that her day-to-day existence had been put under huge pressure.

''I no longer have the life I was once enjoying living. Each day is filled with dread.''

In another charge he pretended to be a member of the Aryan Brotherhood and threatened to have her assaulted.

Numerous psychiatric reports on Green have been performed and rather than finding he has a mental illness, most conclude that his ''maladaptive personality structure'' includes paranoid, narcissistic and anti-social traits - in other words, that's just the way he is.

Psychiatrist Steve Allnutt said in 1998 that Green's stalking, or erotomania as it is known in psychiatric circles, grew out of his personality.

''He is driven by a desire to terrorise them in a sense he could be termed a 'social terrorist'.''

Also, he's a psychopath.

Raised in a foster home, Green tested in the top 3 per cent of prisoners on the internationally recognised Hare Psychopathy Checklist (Revised).

He scored particularly high (top 2 per cent) in the interpersonal features like lack of empathy, pathological lying, manipulative behaviour and lack of remorse.

One of his reports said that in one of his psych assessments he was ''faking'' his responses.

He has completed programmes in prison including a Special Treatment Unit Programme in which he was said to have done ''well''.

This did not stop him from reoffending though.

In a statement to Judge Philippa Sinclair yesterday Green wrote of how difficult life was in prison for him. There was no sign of genuine remorse for his victims.

When violent or sexual offenders continue to offend they are able to be subjected to preventive detention  only available for release once they are no longer a threat to society.

Forensic psychologist Craig Prince said Special Treatment Unit programmes were ''quite intensive'' and Green could just be one of those people classed as a ''treatment failure''.

''Obviously there are are going to be treatment failures. It's never going to be 100 per cent.''

He was sentenced to 30 months in jail yesterday for two more charges of criminal harassment.

Judge Sinclair said Green's offending seemed to be escalating at a ''worrying rate'' and was ''chilling, abusive and frightening''.

The most recent victims, she said, had a ''genuine concern for their safety''.

Defence lawyer Geoffrey Anderson said it was hard being Green.

''He is lonely and overwhelmingly craving friendship.''


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