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Old 11-19-2015, 02:07 PM   #1
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This one gives me chills

Suspect Befriended Family Before Texas Campsite Massacre: Cops - NBC News

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be careful out there folks. I camped all over this area when I was a kid, and even went back to a National Forest nearby a few months ago to camp with my family. This is just horrific, so please, everyone be careful out there.
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Wow, that's terrible.

Not sure how anyone can identify a lunatic like this though. Neighbors always say about these types later "oh and they were so quiet and kind, a really nice person". Only to find out how evil they really were. Look at his photo, if he was smiling I bet you wouldn't be able to pick him out in a crowd as being any different than anyone else.
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Wow, that's terrible.

Not sure how anyone can identify a lunatic like this though. Neighbors always say about these types later "oh and they were so quiet and kind, a really nice person". Only to find out how evil they really were. Look at his photo, if he was smiling I bet you wouldn't be able to pick him out in a crowd as being any different than anyone else.
That's absolutely right IMO. You never know when something like this could happen, and it often comes from where you'd least expect it.

But what can get you into trouble here is complacency. Don't get too comfortable, and always watch your 6.
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I noticed Hattie had also a link to this in another tread. After reading through the rest of the treads no one reacted on this. Thought you Americans are used to this in everyday life. Just "horrible" my heart goes out to the families of the people who lost their lives.

Here in Canada we had a few incidents like that happen too to RVers. An elderly couple is still not found. Pure evil.........
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You would think you would be pretty safe on private property...

I for one have recently felt very uneasy camping off-road by myself at one of my somewhat local NATL FOREST areas.

The last trip in particular I notice the back trail had more foot traffic on it then I have ever seen before. I'm starting to believe maybe some of these folks are living in this area due to hard times... I watched them walk down the trail and they didn't know I was there...

Never thought much about others folks you run into along the off-road trails but now that I am much older I am starting to think I might be an easy target for someone needing something...

My favorite spot is off the trail and not obvious but I really felt uneasy on my last trip up in the highlands of the VA/WVA wooded state line in the George Washington National Forest.

My radio equipment makes too much noise for me to be hidden haha

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Unfortunately every thing we hear or see is a crisis. It seems that we are bombarded each morning with the daily crisis here or somewhere in the world.

I'm sure lots of these things have been happening for all times but we were not exposed to every unfortunate event in the world instantly as we are now. Even the most compassionate and caring can get discouraged with it. The danger to our society is to become callous about loss of life in so many areas.

I don't know the answer but when we go camping, we like to shut it out as much as possible.
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I noticed Hattie had also a link to this in another tread. After reading through the rest of the treads no one reacted on this. Thought you Americans are used to this in everyday life. Just "horrible" my heart goes out to the families of the people who lost their lives.

Here in Canada we had a few incidents like that happen too to RVers. An elderly couple is still not found. Pure evil.........
No, we Americans are not used to this in everyday life. The violence in America is mostly limited to a few urban areas. Outside of those areas, you literally have a better chance of being hit by lightning than being killed by some random lunatic.
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How to improve your margin of safety? In my state it's called concealed carry.
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