In 2009 when Jason Clark built a orange wooden fence along his property line, his neighbors complained that it was an eyesore.
They had no idea what kind of ordeal their complaints would kick off. Today, more than 8 years later, families on Clark's street in Montgomery, Alabama say they can finally breathe a sigh of relief after their "nightmare neighbor" has been sent to jail.
For almost a decade, Clark transformed his home into a strange suburban fortress, and had ugly disputes with anyone who tried to stop him. Neighbors say they felt like "prisoners in their own home," and the stories they tell about that time reveal this was no simple neighborly argument.
Pictured: Clark's neighbors.
Clark's neighbors say he would yell at them, make abusive phone calls and death threats and hide in their bushes to scare them. They even claim he recorded the private phone calls they made to Clark and played them over a loudspeaker attached to his home.
Lights and surveillance cameras from Clark's home.
Along with his fence, which was covered with "no trespassing" signs, Clark attached extra-bright floodlights, security cameras, strobe lights and motion-sensing alarms to his home. Neighbors say this was just one of the tactics Clark used to intimidate them.
But over the years Clark's behavior only became stranger and stranger.
Neighbors remember Clark would walk along their street in military outfits to intimidate them, and mowed his lawn dressed as the killer Jason from the Friday the 13th film series.
There were other strange events that neighbors suspected Clark was responsible for. Laser pointers would shine into their homes at night, and one neighbor's lawn was sprayed with poison which badly injured his dog.
Sara Chandler, who lived next door to Clark for almost 30 years, recalls seeing him swerve towards an elderly woman who lived on their street as if he was going to run her over. “She was never the same after that," Chandler said. "She feared for her life every day because she didn’t know what he would do.”
After Clark attacked a pair of his neighbors, police were finally able to settle the dispute once and for all. They arrested the "nightmare neighbor" for aggravated stalking, and made a surprising discovery in his home.
Clark, who is banned from owning firearms, had a stockpile of rifles and over 40,000 rounds of ammunition stashed in his home. Clark was sentenced to 40 years in jail, and District Attorney Daryl Bailet says his neighbors have finally "breathed a collective sigh of relief."
The judge that sentenced Clark called him "the most dangerous man he’s ever had in his courtroom," including a number of murderers.
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[H/T: Fox 19]