Sunday, February 17, 2013

Queen Victoria's Stalker The Strange Case of The Boy Jones by Jan Bondeson

Here’s a fascinating slice of Victoriana that just may be news to you. It’s the true story of one of the first recorded cases of celebrity stalking.

Following her coronation in 1838, the young queen was repeatedly frightened by a teenaged boy who had an uncanny ability to sneak into Buckingham Palace and spy on her and her court. He once even stole her underwear from her bedroom and on another occasion hid under the sofa in her dressing room for several hours.

When news got out, young Edward “The Boy” Jones became a media celebrity. Poems, cartoons, newspaper articles, and comic songs all wondered what he had seen in the Queen’s boudoir.

The government was embarrassed and when prison and hard labor failed to put a stop to these clandestine visits to the Queen, and “The Boy’s” scandalous boasts that he would write a memoir of palace life someday and reveal all that he had seen, they arranged to have “The Boy” Jones shanghaied onto a man-of-war to serve several years in the British Navy.

This fascinating book explores every aspect of the story, including in popular culture, like children’s books and movies, and even the psychology of stalkers, as well as the sad end of “The Boy” Jones.

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