A Neighborhood Found Itself Held Hostage To The Whims Of An Angry Man

Jason Clark’s old neighbors were glad to see him when he moved home to help care for his mother, but things soon took a frightening turn.

46-year-old Jason Clark was sentenced to 40 years in prison for terrorizing and stalking his neighbors in 2017.

Jason Clark’s old neighbors were glad to see him when he moved home to help care for his mother, but things soon took a frightening turn.

Photo by: Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. (Screenshot from ID's "Fear Thy Neighbor")

Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. (Screenshot from ID's "Fear Thy Neighbor")

Jason Clark, a telecommunications worker, had been away from his family’s home for some time, and the neighbors he had known as a child in Dalraida, Alabama, were happy to see the polite man come back into the fold.

Things seemed great in the neighborhood until a young woman moved into the house next door to the Clarks. Jason was polite to her at first — until her dog had puppies.

The yipping and noise from the dogs annoyed Jason and his mother, and Jason confronted his neighbor, who assured him that all the dogs would be going to new homes as soon as they were big enough. The explanation wasn’t enough. Jason sued his neighbor, and a judge ultimately fined her $500.

Another neighbor, Sara Chandler, testified that she had never heard the dogs barking.

Her testimony, in the eyes of Jason, was an utter betrayal. When she received a threatening phone call later that afternoon, she was certain it was Jason and called the police, who couldn’t make an arrest without proof.

The lack of action from law enforcement only seemed to embolden the once-beloved man.

Escalating and Erratic Behavior

Neighbors with whom Jason had always been friendly were suddenly his targets. Jason began taunting the neighborhood watch captain by making sexual innuendos about his wife. He regularly slinked around the bushes in a ghillie suit just to jump out and startle the neighbors.

Repeated calls to police did nothing — Jason seemed untouchable in what the cops perceived as a petty neighborhood spat.

The feud took a more threatening step when Sara arrived home from work one day to find her front door windows shot out and bullets lodged in her walls. Down the street, more neighbors found their dogs dead from poison.

Jason’s harassment continued when he installed floodlights aimed at Sara’s home and began tormenting her by flashing lights in her windows. Again, Sara called the cops, but the lights would be shut off when they arrived in the neighborhood.

Neighbors began coordinating against Jason and installed security cameras to catch his antics, but he still seemed to be one step ahead of them. He seemed to have their schedules memorized to the minute.

It didn’t take long before the neighbors heard a new sound — it was recordings of their phone calls to 911 and to each other being blasted over the loudspeakers in Jason’s yard.

Find out just how far Jason was willing to go on Fear Thy Neighbor: “Under Surveillance” airing Sept. 26 at 10/9c on ID. More episodes are available now on discovery+.

Next Up

‘I Was Sleeping With The Enemy’: Texas Woman Helps Send Her ‘Diabolical’ Ex To Prison

Sarita Anderson still wonders “how many women died, or almost died” because of Karim Zakikhani’s lies.

Virginia Murder Linked To Serial Killer Who Took 10-Year Hiatus

When an Alexandria, Virginia man was murdered in 2013, police noticed an eerie similarity between his death and a crime that happened a decade before.

A Kansas Teen Was Stalked Through A Target Store Before Her Abduction And Murder

Kelsey Smith was running a quick errand in Overland Park, Kansas, when she was abducted and killed.

Did Lana Del Rey's Stalker Steal Her Car? What To Know About The Singer's History Of Stalkers

The Grammy-nominated singer has had multiple stalkers since 2018.

A Florida Nightclub Owner Taped His Own Homicide

Investigators trying to figure out who was responsible for a triple homicide in Miramar, Florida, got a very lucky break when they discovered a home surveillance system hidden at the scene of a 1994 murder.

Popular Hollywood Sex Therapist Strangled, Thrown From LA Balcony

Friends of Amie Harwick said she was afraid of her alleged killer, Gareth Pursehouse.

83 Victims Linked To Online Child Predator And Fugitive Adrian Fierros

Investigators said Adrian Fierros could be living in Southern California or Mexico. He stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please submit your tips to InPursuitTips.com or text 1-833-378-7783 (3-PURSUE).

Virginia Couple Murdered While On 2002 Beach Vacation

Josh Ford and Geney Crutchley were spending Memorial Day weekend in Ocean City, Maryland, but things took a horrifying turn after they met another couple.

Lee Cawthon’s First Wife Escaped With Her Life; The Next One Was Not So Lucky

Genie Gagnon fled from her home while her husband was upstairs in bed with another woman.

A Pennsylvania Mom Says Her Son Was Defending Himself In 2009 Shooting Incident

Joel Atkin was convicted of third-degree murder for the shooting death of Jayson Sack in 2009.