The Guy Next Door
All the BTK capture news reminds me.
I went through this true crime phase. Phase might be the wrong word; I only gave up the "hobby" because I read every book true crime book on the shelves at the community college library where I was working.
There's one book I read that I've been wanting for years to find again, just to clear up one probably faulty memory I have of the case. But I could never remember the serial killer's nickname (they always have to have the catchy name), let alone the name of the book or the author. I just remember that it started out with a young girl hitchiking and being picked up by this guy, who then takes her to his house and puts her in some contraption in the basement, much like a very large coffin. That's it. I don't recall much else except the confinement in a box. Ring a bell to anyone?
Anyhow, take a look at this guy.
I bet you've come across at least twenty guys who look like him. Helpful, unassuming, maybe will take your garbage cans in for you in a windy day. He held a leadership position in his church.
Here, he doesn't look as...off. The facial hair gives him a more trusting, mature look.
You never know what lurks behind the mask people wear outside. Joel Rifkin used to regularly come in the deli where I worked. He was just one of those people you looked at a bit sideways, thinking there was just something off about him, but you chalked it up to him having poor social skills. Ok guy, I thought. Quiet.
Just..weird. Thinking this regular guy lives on your block, goes to your church, shops in your store and all the while he's been killing people. And being a real asshole about it, too.
Anyhow, if that book/case I described above sounds familiar to anyone, let me know.
I've got a bad case of the creeps today.
Update: Hubris ties the whole thing (the guy, the food sounding name, the George Costanza oddity) together.
And yes, I know murder is not funny. But sometimes you just have to lean back and laugh so your mind doesn't combust.
Completely unrelated, I was just reminded that I never finished my 100 comics thing. So I will.
And uh...don't forget to vote.
Talk about your non sequiturs.