The Obsession: When stalking led to murder.

Philanthony
The History Inquiry
5 min readMar 21, 2024

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You might think that falling in love with a star of stage or screen and relentlessly chasing after them is a recent development. If so, you would be wrong.

The true tale of Captain Richard Hill and his obsession with stage star Mrs Anne Bracegirdle took place more than three hundred years ago and was a scandal which resulted in death and dishonour. It took place at a time when the well-positioned in London were widely known for their debauchery and indebtedness. The lascivious Charles II, following the restoration of the monarchy, set the tone. He rapidly…

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