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Podcast host killed by stalker had ‘deep-seated fear’ for her safety, records reveal

A Washington state podcast host who was killed by her stalker last week said she had a “deep-seated fear” for her safety, writing in a protection order that the man had kept her and her husband from for months. Till tormented and harassed.

Zohreh Sadeghi requested that the order last “99 years” because 38-year-old Ramin Khodakramrezai “had shown no signs that he would stop his appalling and dangerous behavior after one year.”

“He has said many times that nothing short of his own death will make him leave me alone, so I would like this order to last as long as possible.”

Order was given on March 3 Just over a week ago, Texas truck driver Khodkarmarzai drove into Sadeghi’s home in Redmond, about 15 miles northeast of Seattle, and shot her and her husband, Mohammad Milad Naseri, police said. Sadeghi’s mother escaped and called 911 from a neighbor’s house.

Redmond police spokeswoman Jill Green said Khodakramrezai died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The shooter apparently came to know about Sadeghi through a podcast she was doing. Green said the pair “formed a sort of friendship” but Sadeghi cut it off because Khodkarmarzai “started sending a lot of messages.”

The security order details the terrifying ordeal that began late last year. Sadegi, 33, wrote that she began asking Khodkarmarzai to leave her alone on 6 November.

She said that he had blocked her phone number and social media account but she used different numbers and fake accounts to continue contacting him. In one day he sent 82 messages through an app.

Sadeghi said she had anxiety and insomnia due to the flood of messages and voicemails from Khodkarmarzai. She also believed that his threats hindered her recovery from back surgery in December.

She wrote in the order that the voicemail would include “him crying and begging for me, threatening to burn himself and the tree in front of my house, as well as telling me that either I Delete my Instagram account or make it public so he can see what I post.”

The order states, “Mr. Khodkarmarzai is furious and he is completely delusional. These delusions make me fear for my life and the lives of my loved ones.”

According to the document, Khodakaramrezai’s constant threats included contacting her husband, friends and neighbors. He allegedly stayed at an inn in Sadeghi’s neighborhood and parked on her street in hopes of seeing her, she wrote.

Sadegi’s husband said that he and his wife were afraid that Khodkarmerzai would harm them. Friends and neighbors of the couple could not be immediately contacted on Tuesday.

On at least one occasion in December, Khodakaramrezai allegedly went near her home to drop flowers, prompting Sadeghi to call the police. According to the document, he continued to send her gifts until February.

A bench warrant was issued for Khodkarmarzai’s arrest on March 2, the same day King County District Court records show he was charged with one count of stalking and two counts of telephone harassment. On March 3, a judge granted a temporary protection order against him and set a hearing for a full order.

Khodkarmarzai, who was not present at the hearing, was ordered to surrender his weapons. Redmond police have said that Khodakaramrazai was never served because he lived out of state and “we haven’t been able to contact him.”

Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe called the killings “the worst outcome ever for a stalking case.”

“It’s every victim’s, every detective’s, every police chief’s worst nightmare,” he told a news conference.



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