Reporter admits thoughts of murdering Vogue editor

A former reporter for Women's Wear Daily was so incensed at being allowed only one ticket to a Vogue fashion show he thought of murdering the magazine's editor Anna Wintour.

This was revealed at the trial in New York of Peter Braunstein, 43, dubbed the "fireman fiend" who is accused of kidnapping, holding prisoner and sexually assaulting, former co-worker Jane Larkworthy of Fairchild Publications. He got access to her apartment by dressing up and pretending to be a fireman.

Braunstein, it has been claimed in court, had an obsession about serial killers. His anger against British-editor Anna Wintour stemmed, it was said, because he was fired for raising a ruckus after he was allowed only one ticket to the annual Vogue fashion show.

After his arrest police, the court was told, found a "manifesto" in which he declared that he wasn't just going to shoot Anna Wintour.

Just how he planned to murder Wintour – daughter of former Evening Standard editor Charles Wintour – was not disclosed. But in the "manifesto" found on his computer he did add: "Wintour will be escorted by eunuchs to a place in hell run entirely by large rats".

In court, a noted psychologist, Dr Barbara Kirwin, described Braunstein, who was the fashion daily's media reporter until he was fired, as the most perfect text book example of a paranoid schizophrenic that she had ever seen. His attack on his fellow co-worker was she said a "fantasy", a sort of comic book game.

Wintour, who was recently the subject of a book and movie starring Meryl Streep called The Devil Wears Prada, has often been under attack in recent years by groups protesting the use of fur by the fashion industry, especially in ads in magazines like Vogue.

They have even poured fake blood on her doorstep and once dumped an animal carcass on her table at a fashionable restaurant. So far she has not commented on the revelations at the Braunstein trial.

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