If he looks his age(61,) then I can definitely see someone not thinking a man is as dangerous.
Sadly, this is what happens when serial killers get old. They don’t get better (and I feel this guy is a serial killer) they just keep killing. If they get older and less strong and stand out in a crowd more, they will simply go for the weakest possible targets—kids.
This kind of thing happening will not stop. The ones who feel most compelled to act on these evil impulses or hate are the ones least likely to stop killing. The only thing we can do is manage our risk and be prepared. That means being armed at almost all times, ESPECIALLY, as a hiker on your own.
Better that we all become armed and aware, rather than unarmed and paranoid about every person who approaches you.
A nice little S&W Model 60 in .38 Special works for me.
Sad to think that in these beautiful places - where we go to get away to nature - we can be in danger from such a freak. I used to feel the only danger was a misunderstanding with a bear.
We hike armed now, have for some time. Where we can my dog comes with us also. I guess we’ve come full circle. Our forefathers hiked armed too - for entirely different reasons.
I used to let my kids loose in the woods for backpacking trips and camping trips on their own. My grandchildren will not have that experience until they are old enough to have good judgment with weapons. Not a change I am happy to see.
I can’t think of a park I’ve ever been to that I would want my daughter or son to be in by themselves.
Long record for the perp, no doubt he should have been incarcerated. You can probably thank ACLU/liberal judges for that one. In our county the largest expense, after public schools, is jailing criminals and only a small percentage of them actually have to do time.
My best friend is Smith & Wesson.