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A Killer Near My Home: A True Story
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!