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Miss, will you help carry my books?

Ted Bundy's 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. Bundy owne...

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Ladies, I want to ask you about Ted Bundy. For those of you who don’t remember him, he was a nasty serial killer who murdered a lot of young women across America in the seventies (maybe even as far back as the sixties). He drove a VW bug, he was charming, he was (according to some sources) chameleon like in his appearance and demeanor.

Would you have gotten into a car with this man? Let’s say you see a really handsome young man struggling to carry a bunch of heavy books because his arm is broken and in a sling. Or let’s say the same handsome young man just needs your help for something. He tells you ‘it will take two minutes‘ and smiles. ‘Come with me to my car‘?

Would you do it? Unfortunately a lot of women did fall for this trick that Ted Bundy used to find his victims. I think about it a lot. Was it really so easy? Just smile and act helpless. Did he have such tremendous ‘luck’ in finding victims because this was the seventies, people were more open-minded than now, more oblivious to any danger. Lots of hitchhikers about. We’re in 2011 now, we’re watching Criminal Minds, CSI and other crime shows, we’ve heard of some major serial crime cases in the media. The seventies was a different era for sure.

Still I can’t help thinking, girls are still being raised to be kind, to be helpful, and of course these are not traits we want to lose in our society. But at which point does it become dangerous to be helpful and kind? Once upon a time it was safe to help a stranger to his/her car. It was alright to have a stranger help carry your groceries to your door. It was even alright to let the male landlord into your flat while you’re there alone.

Is that still safe? Should we be aware of everyone who might potentially attack us in a vulnerable moment? Are we harming our society by constantly being so aware? We lost our innocence but perhaps by losing innocence, we gain some insight and we save some lives? What do you think?

If a handsome young guy asked me to help carry some books to his car, I might wanna help. I might carry those books and when I lean in to put the books on his back seat, he might hit me over the head and take me somewhere to kill me.

With that thought in mind, should we just stop being kind to strangers?

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An injection of saline, please

Hélène Jégado (1803-1852) French serial killer

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Whoa brother! This is right up my alley! I know, I know, it’s silly and a little creepy to become excited at the knowledge that there is a so-called angel of death on the loose once more but my little ticking true-crime heart can’t help but swell right now. All kinds of evil people turn me on, be it a serial killer, a mother who murders her own kids, the good old fashioned baby-farmers who murdered kids for money.

Then of course there’s the medical killers who perhaps astound me a bit more because these crimes are committed by a person who has taken a job that requires you to be capable of compassion and caring. I can name a few: Beverley Allitt who murdered four children (and injured more) whilst working in a hospital in Lincolnshire. Harold Shipman, the infamous doctor who killed hundreds of his own patients.  Colin Norris, who murdered four on his job as a nurse at various hospitals in Leeds. Officials say that had he not been caught, he would have been the second Shipman.

During the last couple of days I have read articles about patients being murdered with shots of saline at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Gtr Manchester. This time, it would seem, a female murderer is being questioned.

It makes a worrying read. With your general creep on the streets it’s hard to feel safe out there, even in our homes. Apparently we can’t feel safe in hospitals or doctor’s offices either. It worries me that this ‘angel of death’ phenomenon is not very rare anymore.

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