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A Killer Near My Home: A True Story

Updated on October 21, 2012

I love the place where I live. Its way out in the country on a little dead end dirt road, near the lake that I write about so much. It’s peaceful and quiet. There is a 90-year-old lady who lives a bit further down than I do, her name is Ruby. “Call me Granny,” she tells everyone.

We are 15 miles from the town where I work and 5 miles from the closest thing you might call a town, where there is one gas station, one convenience store and one country kitchen.

It’s the kind of place where you don’t have to lock your door when you leave. Yes, those places do still exist and I am blessed to have found one of them.

Yesterday, my neighbors and I thought that peacefulness was about to become a thing of the past. You see, about 12 miles towards the ‘city’ where I work, there was some type of family dispute between a woman, her brother and her boyfriend. The boyfriend apparently ended up killing his girlfriend and her brother. He cut her throat and she died right away. He stabbed the brother several times and he died a bit later. The killer then took off running into the woods, straight toward my peaceful place. Yes, it all happened 12 miles away, but by the time I first heard about it at 6:30 last night, he was still running and was 8 miles closer to my home.

We took all precautions, locked the doors, took the dogs out before dark and made sure the outside lights were all on and the car doors were locked. My daughter and I both got on the Internet and read everything we could find and looked for news streams.

I had my friends on facebook watching the news for me because I don’t have any TV service. When someone told me this bad guy was on Deer Creek Road, I almost fell out of my chair. I checked Google earth and sure enough, Deer Creek Road is less than 2 miles from my home. I became even more worried. This was around 11 p.m. last night and needless to say, I saw a sleepless night ahead.

I read online that they had fresh teams of hounds out hunting this guy, as well as a helicopter equipped with infrared devices that would pick up heat signals and help locate this crazy maniac.

Thankfully, the helicopter did the trick and the sheriff’s department found him under a log out in the woods at around 11:30 or so last night. His picture was plastered all over the Internet, TV and newspapers today. He was crazy looking, with a wild look in his eyes.

Kudos to our Sheriff and his deputies, as well as authorities from other counties who came to help locate the crazy man. I guess he didn’t realize when you commit a crime in an East Texas county, don’t run to the woods because chances are, the fellas chasing you are going to be deer hunters who absolutely love being in the woods, and they WILL find you!


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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Yes, I agree with you! I found out later that someone close to my daughter was related to the people who were killed, the girl was actually her step sister. So sad.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      It seems people everywhere are on edge, even in quiet, peaceful areas. Domestic violence is a dangerous thing and sadly, stories like this are unending. It makes me hurt for everyone involved and I pray people learn what brings love and peace instead of anger and fear. W0aht a tragedy. I am so glad that man did not harm other innocents people. Your police force is indeed to be commended.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you dear friend... Yes, it was very real, and way to close to home. Thank you for your wonderful comments. I, too, am a fan of yours.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Linda,

      I'm glad you're safe. I know this may seem out of place, but I just want to say that I like your prose. Since it was under the label "commercial and creative," I wondered if you were writing a short story. But then it sounded so authentic and from the comments, it indeed was real.

      At any rate, this was an extraordinarily interesting piece to read. And, it was nice going through your prose for a change. Even as I continue to be a fan of your poetry, now I am also a fan of your prose.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      We're all fine, aside from a bad case of nerves, once he was caught it was ok. Thank you!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Wow. That was scary, lindalou! Glad he's caught, please keep safe!

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you... and yes, all is well!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Wow! That had to be terrifying. Glad you are OK and they got him.

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      scary, but thanks he was caught. take care.

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      Lucy Jones 5 years ago from Scandinavia

      Interesting - though very frightening. As sign of the times. Voted Up.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you... yes she is fine... she's 21 so she wasn't too scared!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Wow lindalou what an ordeal!! thank heavens this sort of thing doesn't happen too often! Gee you must have been terrified...hope your daughter is ok...cheers

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you everyone! It was pretty nerve wracking. But all is well for us and our neighbors!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from Jordan MN

      wow Linda I am glad your safe.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Scary! You must of been scared senseless; I know I would of been! Glad everything turned out all right1

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      I know... it was pretty scary.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Scary for sure; at least they caught him. No, there is no place that is safe and that is a sobering thought.

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      Linda 5 years ago from Texas

      That's crazy! Why do people mess with that stuff?? geeez.

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      melbelle 5 years ago from Southern United States

      I know how you feel. I live out in the "country" and no place is safe anymore. One of my neighbors had kin staying in a guest house and was caught by our police force for being a "grow house".