The Ricardo Lopez "Bjork stalker" tapes (found video diary/death footage; 1996)


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'Bjork Stalker' Tapes
Lopez as he appears on the first day of his recordings.
Lopez as he appears on the first day of his recordings.
Status Found
Date found 09 Jan 2014 - 24 Sept 2016
Found by bun39, Gavin aka glbracer, Death Addict

Ricardo Lopez, now infamously known as the "Bjork stalker", was a pest control officer who lived in Hollywood, Florida. He rose to notoriety in late 1996 after creating an acid dispensing device disguised as a promotional package and mailing it to the London residence of Icelandic singer Bjork, with whom Lopez had an unhealthy obsession.[1]

On September 12th, 1996, after mailing the deadly device, Lopez shot himself in the head while listening to Bjork's cover of the 1941 love song "I Remember You". Lopez had recorded roughly 20 hours of video diary footage from January 14th, 1996 (his 21st birthday) up until and including his suicide, documenting his reasoning behind the attack (namely because, on account of his extremely racist views, he detested the fact that Bjork had, at the time, dated two men of color, fellow musicians Tricky and Goldie), the process of creating the device and giving insight into his life and mind in general. In addition, he also kept a physical diary, which, by the time of his death, had surpassed 800 pages. It can be seen frequently throughout his recordings.

The package was ultimately intercepted and detonated without incident by the London Metropolitan Police, having been tipped off by American authorities, who had been called to Lopez's apartment on September 16th, after a maintenance worker noticed a lingering foul odor and blood dripping from the ceiling; upon entering the apartment, police discovered a message written on the wall in black paint, reading "THE 8MM TAPES ARE A DOCUMENTATION OF A CRIME. TERRORIST MATERIAL. THEY ARE FOR THE F.B.I." along with Lopez's tapes, diary, and decomposing body.

Availability

For quite some time following the incident, DVD copies of the complete recordings were allegedly made discreetly available for purchase from the Hollywood Police Department's Records Unit, although it is said that they eventually ceased providing them for unknown reasons. However, some claim to have purchased copies from other sources, such as mysterious underground websites, with some copies even showing up on eBay and the like every once in a while.[2]

In years passed, a handful of snippets from the footage had come to light in the form of a documentary on the subject titled The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez, with two separate versions released, in 2000 and 2013 respectively, each version running just shy of 1½ hours, the latter including the uncensored suicide footage, which had been leaked online years earlier (albeit in low quality).

However, the complete set of recordings remained unattainable for the vast majority of people, until late 2013, when Lost Media Wiki user bun39 obtained encoded .mp4 copies of the the full set of recordings (ripped in hourly installments) and proceeded to send them to LMW staff member Gavin aka glbracer to upload to YouTube, which he did from early January through early February of 2014 (also providing downloadable mirrors of the tapes in a variety of video formats).

Interestingly, keen-eyed viewers who had observed both The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez and the full set of uploaded tapes noticed that the latter videos were missing a portion of footage shot between the 6th and 7th of September (as is evident from the video's timestamp) which had previously been made available via the aforementioned documentary, suggesting that there might have been additional, unreleased footage. This was supported by the fact that the footage cuts off abruptly in the documentary, and was ultimately proven to be true, as YouTuber "Death Addict" uploaded the missing segment on September 24th, 2016 which was given to Zeus (a staff at DeathAddict) by someone named Gabe (his channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/GToonsAnimation) who got it from someone at the Swords and Scales podcast who had the footage meaning the Lopez tapes are officially found in their entirety.

While the tapes in their entirety were, at one point, available via glbracer's YouTube page, they are now unlisted. However, many mirrors are available on YouTube and MEGA, namely this channel (the full tapes are not here due to YouTube community and copyright guidelines).

Gallery

The first hour of the videos.

References

  1. Wikipedia article on Ricardo Lopez. Last retrieved 10 Nov 2014.
  2. The Documentary Blog article on The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez; 15 Jan 2007. Last retrieved 10 Nov 2014.

External Links

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

13 months ago
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I was honestly terrified when i watched the video. Is that bad?
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Anonymous user #2

12 months ago
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no. it was horrifying
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Anonymous user #3

11 months ago
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External links: "MEGA" mirror(.mp4 and .flv) versions appear to be gone.

"MediaFire" mirror (.avi versions) still there.
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Gavin

9 months ago
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Hey, I'm working on it. lol
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Anonymous user #4

11 months ago
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Why what is terrifying in the video?
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Anonymous user #5

11 months ago
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>implying someone committing suicide on camera is not scary

wow. just wow
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Anonymous user #6

10 months ago
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Go to Live leak for the full thing, honestly kind of disappointing as far as suicides go.
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Kobochat

10 months ago
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what exactly would constitute a satisfying suicicde
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Gavin

9 months ago
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Ayy, I took the videos off my channel, kinda. I just made them unlisted. I've shifted my content more towards original and I felt having them publicly on there was a bit attention whore-ish. There is another YT channel I made with them on it and also I just edited the article and added download links
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Anonymous user #7

9 months ago
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I live about 15 minutes from Hollywood, FL. I'll have to ask around for some personal accounts.
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Anonymous user #8

8 months ago
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that was pretty bad
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Anonymous user #9

7 months ago
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I remember seeing this on the news
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SilverTheGamer

3 months ago
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Back in 1996?
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SilverTheGamer

3 months ago
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I didn't watch this, but i saw a video about the subject. He kept getting in worse and worse condition until he was unrecognisable by the time he killed himself
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Anonymous user #10

3 months ago
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Feel awefull for his family, and glad his plan of terror didnt happen! Just sad how a young man with so much life to live, got so ill, and couldn't find a way back from what ever mental illness he had going on!
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Damian9303

3 months ago
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Changed the wiki page according to information I found myself on the DeathAddict website (yes he has a site) and Gabe himself
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Anonymous user #11

3 months ago
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Part 18 and 19 are the exact same video
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Damian9303

2 months ago
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I'm pretty sure that was Part 17 and 18
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EpicAgentJ

2 months ago
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How is this horrifying? I haven't seen the video. But how though?
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Anonymous user #12

1 months ago
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I also haven't watched it (and don't plan to), but here's my experience with these sorts of tapes: I'd done a couple research projects on Columbine for classes (I'm a psychology student), and as part of one of them, I watched one of the infamous "Basement Tapes". It was...unnerving, to say the least. They were acting erratically and acting out shootings. To see that, and think about how they might have acted during the actual shooting, and even just watching them, knowing what will happen a short time later is very disturbing. Of course, these are still different, but they also record his reasoning and his actual suicide. It's not exactly something to be taken lightly.

Others may feel differently than I do (which I would expect), but this was just my experience with seeing these sorts of events.
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