The words have been used to describe Peter Braunstein, the former Women's Wear Daily columnist accused of arson, burglary, robbery, sexual abuse, and kidnapping.
Braunstein, dressed in a fireman's uniform to gain entry to the woman's Manhattan apartment, reportedly tied her up, drugged her, and held her captive for 13 hours, but she survived. That was on Halloween night 2005.
Braunstein then went missing. Then he was found -- in December 2005 on the campus of the University of Memphis. A female student, who recognized him from reports on the television show America's Most Wanted, had alerted the U of M police. When the police approached him, Braunstein stated, "I am the guy you're looking for." He then took a knife and repeatedly stabbed himself in the neck.
A paranoid schizophrenic? A media-savvy journalist bent on criminal revenge? Or both? Suzanna Andrews covers the Braunstein story on VanityFair.com. His trial is set for late April in New York City.