Even though they’re still fucked up, the clergy is finally showing some maturity: Instead of harassing adolescent altar boys, they’ve graduated to talk-show hosts. Last week, Father David Ajemian, a priest from Boston, was arrested at NBC Studios here in New York when he tried to attend a taping of NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.”
Father Ajemian, who attended Harvard with O’Brien, has been charged with stalking and harassing the talk-show host, which has continued even after warnings from law enforcement officials. The priest has been sending creepy letters to both NBC and O’Brien’s home for more than a year. Here are some excerpts:
Letter on Feb. 20: “I’m told by some of those officious little usher people that you’re overbooked. Is this the way you treat your most dangerous fans? You owe me big-time, pal. I want a public confession before I even consider giving you absolution.”
An April 26 letter, signed Padre, said, “I am not Seung Cho,” alluding to the gunman at Virginia Tech. “Even if I did once look out on that dark and dreaded doorway on West 72 Street, remember Frank Costello once dodged a bullet in your building, and so can you.” The gangster Frank Costello was shot and wounded in the lobby of the Majestic on West 72nd Street in 1957.
I described these as “creepy” earlier, but that doesn’t even begin to encapsulate how disconcerting these letters are. This is just one more reason I won’t be going to church on Sunday.