Priest Who Called Himself Conan O'Brien's 'Most Dangerous Fan' Has Eye for Other Celebs, Too

By Kerry Burke in Boston and Kathleen Lucadamo
New York Daily News
November 10, 2007

BOSTON - Faye Dunaway and Paul Simon may want to watch their backs.

The Boston priest charged with stalking funnyman Conan O'Brien says he wants to meet the two stars.

"I'd like to meet Paul Simon. I really love his music," the Rev. David Ajemian said Saturday outside his parents' home in Boston, less than a day after he was released on bail for allegedly stalking O'Brien in Manhattan.

Ajemian said he'd also like to spend time with Dunaway, whom he claims attended Catholicism classes with him in Cambridge.

Rev. David Ajemian (above) was arrested last week for allegedly stalking Conan O'Brien.

"I wrote her agent, I never heard anything back," he said.

The addled priest - who has called himself O'Brien's "most dangerous fan" - is under fire for mailing postcards and letters signed "Padre" to the comedian's home and showing up in Tuscany while he was vacationing.

"I've tried to make it clear that I had no intention of physically harming him in any way. I feel sad that some of my correspondences were interpreted that way," Ajemian said from a park bench near his parent's apartment in the tony Back Bay section of Boston.

He also has a thing for Faye Dunaway (above), and claims they attended Catholicism classes together in Cambridge, Mass.

Ajemian rambled at times. His hair was disheveled and his face was unshaven.

He vowed, "I will abide by the restraining order 100%."

The reverend's lawyers say he has long battled psychiatric problems, but a judge on Friday declared him fit to stand trial and released him on $2,500 bail. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has placed him on leave.

Ajemian was arrested Nov. 2 outside O'Brien's studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where he had been trying to get tickets to the "Late Show."

Ajemian would like to meet Paul Simon, too. 'I really love his music,' the priest said.

The priest said spending time at Rikers Island "gave me a sense of the horrible depravity of New York prisons ... I was a prison chaplain in Massachusetts. It was very strange to be on the other side."

In his letters to O'Brien, Ajemian admitted previously targeting tennis legend John McEnroe.

"I once went after my childhood nemesis, John McEnroe, too, and am still waiting for his confession," he wrote, according to authorities.

The priest claims he never meant to hurt late-night funnyman O'Brien. 'I will abide by the restraining order 100%,' Ajemian said.

Ajemian claims he and O'Brien shared the same dorm at Harvard University in the 1980s and says he worked at O'Brien's parents' parish. He claims they invited him to a fundraiser where he confronted O'Brien.

He called O'Brien a "brilliant entertainer" who takes "an eccentric and surreal view of the world." He insisted it was just an "unusual coincidence" that he and O'Brien had been in Italy at the same time.

Ajemian's father, Robert, a retired journalist, steered him away from reporters after the priest began talking about Dunaway and Simon.

"I want to get him into some sort of treatment," the dad said. "It worries me when he says he wants to meet Faye Dunaway and Paul Simon. It's not good for the future."


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