In September 1996 a stalker obsessed with Bjork took his own life after mailing the Icelandic singer-songwriter a letter bomb.
The bizarre plot came to light after 21-year-old Ricardo Lopez was found dead in his Hollywood, Florida apartment. He died several days earlier from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. After searching his apartment, police found hundreds of hours of videos made by Lopez which turned out to be a video diary documenting his obsession with Bjork.
A video inside the camera was labelled “The Last Day” and on it Lopez revealed that he had sent a letter bomb to Bjork’s London apartment before taking his own life. The video ended when Lopez shot himself.
Lopez had become enraged that Bjork was dating British musician and actor Goldie and he originally planned to send her a bomb filled with HIV-infected needles but decided that wasn’t feasible.
Instead Lopez made a sulfuric acid bomb hidden in a hollowed-out book and on September 12 mailed it to Bjork’s London address. He then returned to his apartment, shaved his head, painted it with red and green greasepaint and shot himself with a .38 caliber pistol to the sound of Bjork’s ‘I Remember You’, saying “this is for you”.
After watching the video police contacted London Police who managed to intercept the package before it arrived at Bjork’s apartment.
A short time later Bjork made a statement to the media expressing her sadness for the situation.
As well as the videotapes, Lopez left behind an 803-page handwritten diary — full of the musings of a young man embarrassed by his body and awkwardness around girls. Lopez seemed to take refuge from his troubles by reading about the glamorous world of celebrities and at the age of 18 he became fixated on Björk after seeing a video of her.
Bjork’s first solo album was released in 1993 and featured an experimental and avant-garde sound that was matched only by her out-of-the-box fashion style.
And of course who can forget the history-making Marjan Pejoski “swan dress” she wore to the 2001 Oscars.
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