And You Wonder Why Mashiah Has Such a Bad Name Nowadays...
7/29/11 - Baba Elazar ZT"L is stabbed to death by Asher Dahan
VIN: Jerusalem - Suspect In Abu Chatzeira Murder Made Reference To Moshiach Ben Yosef
According to Yediot Ahronot, Dahan’s bizarre behavior began at Shachris yesterday morning when he requested a that a misheberach be made for him. When questioned about his request by fellow daveners, Dahan is said to have replied “I need a misheberach.” Later during the day when Dahan’s credit card was refused by a local supermarket he allegedly told the cashier “you are going to be hearing about me”. He was also spotted crying in his yeshiva and when asked what was wrong he replied, “I am crying for Moshiach Ben Yosef not to die.”
10/18/2011 - Man Claiming to be Mashiah Interrupts Rav Ovadia's Amida
An apparently disturbed individual interrupted Rav Ovadia Yosef's Amida of Arvit on Hoshana Rabba, claiming "I am Mashiah Ben David. I request that Rav Ovadia annoint me as the king."
Everyone, including apparently Rav Ovadia Shlit"a himself, was afraid of the man.
He was quickly taken out of the Beit Midrash by reporter Ephraim Gilad, who described the man as extremely strong, and said that he was afraid for Rav Ovadia's safety. He told him not to return there again.
10/23/13 - Rav Shteinman Shlit"a is attacked by an Avreich, cursing him in the process
Kikar has a statement by the family of the attacker:
We are hereby informing with this that we .... follow the light of Maran Hagaon Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlit"a and all our actions are according to his Halachic decisions. And our dear son - may Hashem send him a speedy recovery quickly - has worked and will work for the Yahadut Hatorah "Gimel" list, as is known to all those who know him. And that which occurred by Maran Hagaon Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlit"a, where he cried out about Maran that he is Mashiah - or anything else if it occurred - is only mental illness. And we request from anyone who is able not to take the matter out of context for our honor and for the honor of Maran Hagaon Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shlit"a.
What is the fascination of these mentally ill Shotim with Mashiah and Gedolim? Why do they always bring Mashiah up before doing something terrible to Gedolim?
I'm open to suggestions.