EVESHAM - Acting on a year grudge, a Philadelphia man sent anonymous letters and unwanted sex toys to an Evesham woman's home and workplace for nearly a decade, authorities said. The victim reported to police on May 18 that she had received items a few times each year since But the activity recently intensified as the stalker created a fictitious Craigslist ad, left gifts in the woman's home mailbox, and sent letters and gifts to her employer. The fake ad placed in the "women seeking women" section on Craigslist included the victim's celltownship police said.
The woman wasn't able to identify a possible suspect or explain why someone would target her, according to police. Detectives identified a possible suspect after serving court subpoenas to numerous online sites and service providers.
Records showed the Craigslist ad was placed from a Comcast IP address at an apartment on Bustleton Avenue in Philadelphia that was rented by the suspect, police said.
That man, year-old Ronald A. Murphy of the block of Wheatsheaf Lane, graduated high school with the victim inpolice said. Murphy admitted he drove by the woman's house at least four times a month over the past several years, hoping to catch a glimpse of her, according to police.
He also stood outside an "open house" that was supposed to be shown by the victim, police said. Murphy claimed he was "bullied" by the woman during high school and "has a hatred towards her, which has led him to conduct all of the acts of stalking," according to a probable cause affidavit filed by police.
The suspect "was holding a grudge all this time," said Lt. Joseph Friel, public information officer for the police department. Authorities charged Murphy with fourth-degree stalking. He was held in Burlington County Jail without bail, and faces up to 18 months behind bars if convicted.
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