The Ricardo Lopez "Bjork stalker" tapes (found video diary/death footage; 1996)
|This article has been tagged as NSFL due to its disturbing subject matter/visuals.|
|'Bjork stalker' tapes|
|Lopez as he appears on the first day of his recordings.|
|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.
On the 12th of September, 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 colour, 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 and which 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 the 16th of September, after a maintenance worker noticed a lingering foul odour and blood dripping from the ceiling; upon entering the apartment, police discovered (along with Lopez's tapes, diary and decomposing body) 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."
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 to provide them for reasons unknown (though 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).
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, notably, 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 instalments) 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 as well as the full set of uploaded tapes noticed that the latter were missing a portion of footage (shot over the 6th to the 7th of September, as is evident from the video's timestamp) which had previously been made available via the aforementioned documentary, suggesting that there may still exist additional, unreleased footage (as the missing footage seen in the documentary cuts off abruptly, as if taken from a larger portion of video). However, on September 24th, 2016, YouTube user Death Addict uploaded the missing portion of the tapes to YouTube, and now the Ricardo Lopez Tapes can officially be labelled as found in its entirety.
While the tapes in their entirety were, at one point, available via glbracer's YouTube page, where they are now unlisted; links to mirrors of the tapes can instead be found below, as can the first hour (which, as of the publication of this article, remains active on YouTube, albeit unlisted). Another separate Youtube account has been made exclusively for the tapes and can be found at this link. The full tapes are not here due to Youtube community and copyright guidelines. The full tapes can be found in the download links both below and in the description of each video.
- Wikipedia article on Ricardo Lopez. Last retrieved 10 Nov 2014.
- The Documentary Blog article on The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez; 15 Jan 2007. Last retrieved 10 Nov 2014.
- MEGA mirror of the original source .mp4 files provided by bun39, courtesy of Gavin aka glbracer. Last retrieved 10 Nov 2014.
- The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez (2000 version, sans suicide footage), via YouTube; 13 Jun 2013. Last retrieved 10 Nov 2014.
- An in-depth FAQ on the tapes, written by Redditor Wulfruna after viewing them in their entirety; 25 Feb 2014. Last retrieved 10 Nov 2014.