In 2006, the residents of Bottomley, West Yorkshire, England, were the victims of a 16-month rampage by an angry neighbor, Jeanne Wilding, the BBC reported. The 58-year old perpetrator was arrested more than 30 times during that period for playing loud choral music about rape and pillage, damaging vehicles, setting booby traps, tipping oil over her neighbor’s driveways during the night, and littering the road with dead animals, dog feces and nails. Her lawyer argued that this was just her personality so she shouldn’t be found guilty of any of it. The judge disagreed and slapped her with a restraining order, which she promptly violated, and was fined £200,000.
The beef began only days after the Stefan and Lucy Wards moved into a new neighborhood and their next-door neighbor, David Constantine, asked Stefan to help him move his motorbike to the garage. Ward offered to help another day, but Constantine was mortally offended and began a campaign of hatred against the couple.
Constantine tormented the couple by firing air guns at all hours of the night, banging on the walls in the early hours, making death threats, putting a barbed wire fence around their home when they were out of town and even bashed himself in the face with a frying pan, claiming Stefan attacked him. He then successfully sued Stefan for thousands of pounds. He then upped the crazy to eleven by stabbing himself in the chest and framing his neighbor for the crime. Fortunately, investigators found journals detailing his hatred for the couple, plus a collection of knives and guns, and it became clear that they were dealing with a batshit insane motherfucker, so the charges were dropped. A judge however ordered Constantine to move, but then rescinded the order, so they still live side by side in what must be a terrifying hellscape of a neighborhood.
Philip Roger Bennet did not appreciate the ‘unkempt’ look of Marty Corbitt’s lawn. After arguing about the length of the grass, Bennet kicked down Corbitt’s door, slapped him, and told him he had five seconds to get outside and mow his lawn. Corbitt called 911. While he was on the phone Bennett returned with two gas cans in hand, which he poured all over the home before lighting it on fire.
Corbitt was able to grab his 3 year old daughter from her room and get to safety but everything inside the house was destroyed.
From the outside, Craig Fontaine and Kathleen Melker’s life looked pretty sweet. They lived in the peaceful town of Warwick, R.I. in a two-bedroom waterfront house. But their neighbors, Lynne Taylor and Christopher Levasseur, were making life a living hell. They shot at the couple’s home, damaged their car and kayak with an air pellet gun, and tried to kill their cat by trapping it in a truck on a very hot day. Taylor and Levasseur’s cockatoo would also scream rude expletives for over 16 hours a day. Fontaine and Melker recorded the bird screaming “fucking whore!” and “fuck you!’ and uploaded it to YouTube. In a court document, Melker even alleged that Taylor and Levasseur painted an image of a cockatoo on the side of their own house to mock them. Fontaine and Melker have filed more than thirty police reports against their neighbors, and was granted a restraining order against Taylor and Levasseur, but the harassment continues. The couple are trying to sell their home, but during viewing appointments, Taylor and Levasseur stand outside and openly record potential buyers, yell obscenities, and generally make asses of themselves.
Raul Rodriguez called 911 to report his neighbor’s music was too loud. While on the phone to 911, he walked up Kelley Danaher’s driveway with a gun, recording the entire thing on his mobile phone. On the call to 911, Rodriguez says, “I’m running the video camera right now and I’m talking to you and I mean, I’m scared to death here,” and “”It’s about to get out of hand sir, please help me. Please help me, my life is in danger now …,” Rodriguez told police over the phone. “Now, I’m standing my ground here. Now, these people are going to try and kill me.” He then shot and killed the 36 year old elementary school teacher. Rodriguez claimed it was self-defense under the “stand your ground” provision of Texas law. However, jurors recognized this was a case of a hothead flat-out murdering his neighbour and gave him life in prison.