The repertoire of stalking methods with this type of stalker is often wide and varied, and the stalker is completely blind to the fact that his or her continuous effort to re-establish contact with the victim is unrealistic. The stalker cannot lose the fantasy of a reunion with the victim and has trouble accepting rejection.
Normally, legal sanctions do not have any effect, and the stalker will probably consider such a test of their devotion. Serious personality disorders and mental diagnoses are not uncommon with these stalkers.
The incompetent stalker is a normally functioning person for the most part, except for the poor social skills, self-centering and an intense need for other people’s attention. The stalker belonging to this category only has a mental disorder in few cases.
This group of stalkers are often the ones who make the most threats, but they are also the ones least likely to resort to violence or assault. Legal sanctions can make this type of stalker withdraw and stop the stalking. This is why early intervention can prove crucial for the outcome of the situation.
These stalkers are often sexual deviants, typically known by the authorities as sexual offenders and, together with the rejected stalkers, seen as the potentially most dangerous stalkers and as most likely to assault their victims.
Source: Mullen, P.E., Pathé, M. & Purcell, R. (2000): Stalkers and Their Victims. Cambridge University Press