A murder 200 yards from my house!

Kevin P

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Two bodies were found in a parking lot early this morning. This parking lot is about 200 yards from my house. When I left for work investigators were stopping cars and asking questions. I heard a noise early this morning (around 5 am) which sounded a little like 3 gunshots, or a car backfiring or something. I didn't realize it at the time, but apparently they were gunshots. I've been listening to the news but not a lot of information has been released yet. According to the news, someone else apparently heard 5 shots.

Here's a map I doctored up to show where this happened relative to my house:



This hits a bit too close to home!
 

Todd Hochard

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I don't mean to make light of the situation, but I can't help it with that map-

Do you live on the wrong side of the tracks?


Fear not- my policeman friend tells me that 90% of murders aren't random acts perpetrated against strangers.

Todd
 

SteveA

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I know how you feel. In the early summer of 1997 a serial killer terrorized the city I live in. One morning on my way to work, I noticed news vans from every local station parked in front of a townhouse right behind mine. The serial killer was a close neighbor! He was executed last year.
 

Jay H

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The only thing Death related that happened by me was somebody jumped from a pretty high building to his death in Pittsburgh when I was going to college there. A friend and I were walking to go get groceries and cops were all roping off the neighborhood. At the time we went into the grocery store, one could see a silouette profile of somebody on the roof. By the time we got out of the store, he apparently jumped.

Jay
 

MickeS

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They found a body in a dumpster across the street from our townhome complex, and my wife had to call the police one morning when a body was thrown out of a slow-moving van right in front of her... we bought a house in another part of town the month after that happened.


As was pointed out earlier, most murders aren't random killings. Stay out of trouble and you'll be OK, for the most part... it's still very disturbing when something like this occurs, especially near one's home, where we want to feel safe.


/Mike
 

Max Leung

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I live in Canada. No murders anywhere within several km of whereever I lived.


Well, there were many fights outside the bars that were across the street from my apartment building. Plenty of car accidents during the day (lots of bad drivers go shopping), and I do recall a standoff with police outside that same apartment at 4 AM.

Never live close to bars/pubs. They suck.

Now I live in a townhouse next to an indian reserve in the SW area of the city. It sure is boring here. Bunnies are flocking around the schoolyard next door. I'm pretty sure they fight over scraps of thrown food, but so far no one has called the cops.
 

RobertR

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A woman who lived in the apartment right next to mine was murdered several years ago.
 

Cam S

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Geez, that is close to home!

Last year one of my friends dad's was fired from his gov't job, and he went back to work later in the day and killed 2 of his employees and then shot himself. That was a really tragic event. That is the kind of thing you least expect.
 

Craig S

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I've got all of you guys beat.

1) There have been a number of young women who have been kidnapped in the communities south of Houston (NASA area all the way down to Galveston) over the past 20 years. Some of their bodies have eventually been discovered in a vacant field in League City. It's even been called "the killing field". It's about 2 miles from my house. I believe that these crimes remain unsolved. It's almost certainly a serial killer, but it's kept pretty hush-hush down here.

2) Remember the woman who drowned her five kids a couple of years ago (it made the national news)? That happened in a subdivision about 1/2 a mile from where I am sitting right now (United Space Alliance in Clear Lake City).

3) About ten years ago the cops came into IBM in Clear Lake (where I was working at the time) and arrested a guy who was only a few halls down from me (I didn't know him). Turns out his girlfriend had dumped him earlier in the year and moved to Atlanta. The weekend before he had flown to Atlanta, tracked down the girl, murdered her & her new boyfriend, and flown back to Houston. He showed up at work that Monday like nothing had happened. The cops had him by the end of the day.

4) I was born on October 2, 1957. For the first 6 months of my life my parents & I lived in Lincoln, Nebraska. My Dad was in the Air Force and was stationed near there. Late 1957 & early 1958 was the period serial killer Charles Starkweather was terrorizing Lincoln and the vicinity. My Dad's job required that he was away from home on TDY for 2 week stretches several times during this period. My Mom has told me she has never been so frightened as those periods being left alone with an infant (me!!) and that madman roaming loose in the area - not even when we were stationed in Puerto Rico during the Cuban Missile Crisis!
 

Paul McElligott

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In the eighties, there was a murder suicide about four doors down from where my folks lived. During nineties, a teenager murdered his parents and brother about four doors in the other direction. These were probably the only two murders in our town in that whole time and they both happened within a few hundred yards of my folks house.
 

Matt Pasant

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When I was at Michigan State University they pulled three bodies out of the Red Cedar River behind my apartment three times.

-- Matt
 

James T

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In the apartment building close to where I live there was a murder-suicide attempt. The police caught the guy in there Swat-team like van, only the van wouldn't start. How embarassing is it to call in for another van to transport the criminal?
 

Vince Maskeeper

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Unfortunately, it seems the most freakish ones happen near me:

1) The rather famous Theresa Andrews murder (pregnant woman abducted by an insane woman who had claimed she was pregnant- Killed the woman and removed the child as her own)-- this happened 2 miles from my home, and 2 blocks from where I lived as a kid.

2) While I was living 2 blocks from the location of the Andrews murder (6th grade), a schoolmate I knew quite well (couple grades ahead of me) was stabbed to death by an intruder. An older borther owed some $$$ to a shady and semi-crazy local criminal, who broke into the family home looking for the money, and when he met resistance from 2 kids in the house- he stabbed both, one to death. This happened a few doors down from me.

3) Months before, a HS guy killed his girlfriend and buried her in a patch of woods near my home (along my paper route as a matter of fact)-- the woods were previously used by the highschool to hold a funraiser "Haunted Forest" at halloween. The guy who killed her, when arrested would only repeat "life feeds on life feeds on life..." over and over- the inspiration for the same line in a Tool song (as MJK from tool was a student in the same school at this time).

All 3 crimes happened within a 1 mile radius!

-vince
 

ChuckDeLa

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I've killed people in my own living room.


Nah, just kidding. But, I did grow up on the south side of Chicago. There were murders all the time in my neighborhood.
 

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