49-year-old Lori Christensen, 49, from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, has been charged with three felonies and could be facing up to ten years in prison for allegedly terrorizing and stalking the family living across the street from her. Photo via Prosecutors Office
Lori Christensen, 49, from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, has been charged with three felonies and could be facing up to ten years in prison for allegedly terrorizing and stalking the family living across the street from her.
Kim and Greg Hoffman, who live opposite Christensen, were subjected to the alleged harassment, taunts and stalking of Christensen for nearly five years. After Chistensen ignored the restraining orders against her and nearly 80 calls to the police, the Hoffmans caught some of her unbelievable behavior on tape.
KMSP-TV reports that the Hoffmans caught her performing a lewd dance, unbuttoning her clothes and revealing her legs, as their son had his 12th birthday party.
One method Christensen used to antagonize her neighbors was to post signs to her garage, which added up to nearly 50 over the past few years, saying such things as:
“Get a life”
“The guilty talk the loudest”
“I saw mommy kissing a breathalyzer” which was a reference to the fact that Kim Hoffman is a recovering alcoholic, one of Christensen’s preferred topics to insult the Hoffmans on.
At another time, Christensen changed the lyrics to the song “Drunken Sailor” by singing: “What do you do with a drunken mother?”
Some of the other behaviors Christensen has been accused of include making masturbatory gestures to Greg Hoffman and shouting “I wish you’d died” to Kim Hoffman after she returned home from a hospital stay.
The relationship between the neighbors went downhill about five years ago, after an incident where their daughters were playing together and Christensen’s daughter allegedly poured nail polish onto one of the Hoffmans’ daughters.
When Greg Hoffman went to let Christensen know what had happened between the girls, Christensen allegedly yelled at him to “take care of his own children.”
“I said, ‘Lori, you may intimidate everyone else, but you don’t intimidate us.’ Those were the last words we spoke to her for two years,” Greg Hoffman told the Minnesota Star Tribune.
In 2009, Kim Hoffman, who had just returned home from a hospital visit following a mixture of prescription drugs and alcohol, caught Christensen screaming at her children and pulled them away from her.
Court documents state that Christensen yelled to Kim, “Why didn’t you have a little more Scotch? I wish you had died.”
According to Police Chief Lynne Bankes, who has consulted with ministers and psychologists to try and understand the woman and her behavior, while Christensen might sound like a bully, even bullies can control themselves, reports the Minnesota Star Tribune.
“In my 35 years as a police officer, I have never met or heard of anybody who is so persistent in their negative behavior toward their neighbors — or anyone,” said Bankes, reports the Minnesota Star Tribune. “It’s unconscionable.”
Bankes said that across Homewood Place, the development the neighbors live in, one couple who live next door to Christensen and her young daughter have a court order forbidding her from having any contact with them. An elderly woman who lived on the other side moved because she no longer could tolerate her neighbor’s behavior, reports the Minnesota Star Tribune.
The chief told the Minnesota Star Tribune that whatever Christensen’s motivation, all the evidence suggests that the behavior is entirely one-sided, not just with the Hoffman family but with all the neighbors toward Christensen.
According to a report in the Minnesota Star Tribune, over the past two years Christensen has been repeatedly charged for violating the Hoffmans’ restraining orders. Christensens offenses and behaviors have escalated in severity, from misdemeanors to a felony for which she was sentenced last December to 90 days in the county correctional facility.
Last week Christensen was charged yet again, this time with two counts of aggravated stalking.
A judge has barred Christensen from returning to her home until after a hearing on Friday, reports the Minnesota Star Tribune.
According to the county’s attorney’s office, Christensen has never explained her behavior.
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