Police confirm arrest at Stephen King’s house

This story was published on Nov. 17, 2003 on Page B2 in edition 2, 3 of the Bangor Daily News

BANGOR – A police cruiser Sunday night was parked in the driveway of Stephen and Tabitha King’s home on West Broadway after a person reportedly was arrested for harassment.

Sgt. Ed Potter of the Bangor police confirmed that a person was arrested Sunday at the authors’ home. Police released no details about the incident.

The Kings, who own a summer home in western Maine and a winter home in Florida, were reportedly at their Bangor home Sunday.

Potter said about 9:30 p.m. Sunday that the report of the incident had not been completed and that information would be released by police today.

Security at the authors’ Victorian mansion was increased in 1991 after a Texas man, who claimed he had a bomb, broke into the house while Tabitha King was home alone. She ran to a neighbor’s house and called police.

Erik Keene, then 26, of San Antonio, Texas, told reporters that he broke into the house because Stephen King allegedly stole the plot for his best seller “Misery” from Keene’s aunt. He was sentenced to two years with all but 127 days suspended after pleading guilty to burglary. After serving his sentence, he was extradited to Texas on a parole violation.

The next year, police served a California man with a protection-from-harassment order when he arrived in Bangor. Steven Lightfoot, then 28, of San Francisco claimed to have discerned through coded messages that Stephen King killed John Lennon.

Lightfoot parked his van plastered with what he called evidence that King killed the former member of the Beatles in downtown Bangor. He drew curious spectators for a few weeks, but Bangor residents weren’t persuaded by his thesis.

Stephen King is scheduled to be in New York on Friday to accept an honorary National Book Award for lifetime achievement at the annual National Book Awards.