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Updated on August 22, 2013

By: Wayne Brown

(Writer’s Note: This is #8 in my vignette series “Conversation Pieces”. The stories are unrelated but are all framed as one-sided conversations giving the reader a look into the mind of the particular person depicted. As the writer, I attempt to insert myself into the mind and thought processes of the person.)

They really never see it coming. Well not until it is too late that is. Everything seems innocent enough and on the up and up. There’s not much of a struggle; not in the beginning anyway. It’s just an unsuspecting woman or young girl distracted by a bit of trouble who is receiving a helping hand from a Good Samaritan. That’s the way it seems to them anyway.

Some might call me a ‘pervert’, others like the term ‘stalker’. I prefer ‘opportunist’. I think that is a reasonable description as I do prey on particular situations for that which I covet. You see, I figure that life is far too short to settle for anything less than you want. Therefore, you should take it when the opportunity avails itself. I don’t really mean any harm to anyone, at least not in the beginning. Normally, they bring it on themselves as time goes on and I tire of their companionship. If they would go along, things could last a good little while if you know what I mean.

I have been doing this for a long time. I recognize the opportunity to make a snatch in a matter of seconds. If you are going to be good at this game, you have to be able to do that. The door is only open for so long then someone else steps into it. Once I see the kind of female that I am attracted to in the right situation, I go into action quickly. I move before anyone else is one the scene. I coax her into my vehicle and away we go. All the time she thinks we are going to some place to get her some help with a broken down vehicle, or a ride home, whatever. By the time they figure it out, it’s too late to do anything but relent.

I don’t stick around. I don’t work the same areas. When I make a snatch, we move on together heading to my next site. That’s the beauty of what I do…you can do it most anywhere. I’m no dummy. I know that sticking around is what gets most guys caught. By the time I tire of my companion, I am in another town in another state. I usually dump the remains somewhere outside of town in a swampy area that does not get too much people traffic or I’ll just toss it into a dumpster and let the landfill do its thing. I have my methods that have worked well over time.

You know, I’m not a bad looking guy either. Women like me…they always have. That makes it just a little easier to gain their trust quickly. It’s always good if they are distracted by something like a broken down vehicle or a need to get somewhere fast. Sure, I could pick up druggies and whores off the street and accomplish the same thing but there is no challenge in it. I like some challenge. I like the excitement that happens just when I make the snatch and the feeling comes over me that I have gotten away with it one more time.

Sure people see me as they drive past while I am offering my help. But, you know, people see and they don’t see. Yeah, they remember it was a pickup truck and it was a dark color and maybe even they get a glimpse of me. But it all happens in a matter of seconds as they are driving past. They are really not paying attention. Their eyes see but their conscious mind does not register. They never have enough information to offer any real help in the situation. At night, the odds improve even more for me. I like the night work.

I see the posters in truck stops and on light poles around the various towns advertising women and young girls gone missing. Most folks only look at them casually. Most of them are already convinced that the person just ran off and doesn’t want to be found. No one is looking for them very hard in the end. Some of them I recognize, most of them I don’t so that tells you that there are plenty more like me at here doing the same thing.

Some folks conclude that if the person was abducted, they might have been sold into slavery or prostitution. That’s possible. I’ve know a few guys who work that angle and make a fair amount of money in the process. It’s a dangerous game though, at least for me. You see, the ones that I snatch see my face. They recognize me. They see my face a lot thus I really cannot afford to allow them to go elsewhere with my image imprinted on their brand. That would be a stupid mistake of the trade. Besides, I really don’t care about the money end of things anyway. I can pick up enough odd jobs to keep myself feed. I also get a little money off my targets. You know, clean out the bank account with their debit card before we head out of town. That’s another thing that convinces the cops that the person just skipped out…they took all the money.

Do I have any advice for those who could potentially become a target for me? Yeah, I can help you out there. Don’t trust anyone regardless of how trustworthy they look. Don’t get in the car with anyone or agree to go somewhere else. Once you are in the car, it’s a done deal. Be prepared. Stay alert and don’t get lulled into the idea that things only happen to people in dark alleys and back streets. Bad things happen to people in broad daylight right in front of your eyes. I could give you a laundry list of do’s and don’ts but why should I give up all the tricks of the trade that has taken me so many years to learn?

You know, when you boil it all down, I am a pretty smart cookie. In my time, I have seen some really dumb guys attempt the snatch and really make a mess of it. They get caught and usually with plenty of evidence laying about if you know what I mean. I, on the other hand, am a calculating individual who can quickly size up whether or not the odds are in my favor. Mind you, I don’t mean totally in my favor but just enough that luck will be on my side yet the whole thing will still have that feeling of excitement that I so love to experience.

Next time you see one of those posters nailed up, you think of me. I’ll be out there somewhere and I could actually be the one responsible for snatching the person you are staring at in that picture. You think of me and realize the cunning and courage I must have to be able to pull these things off and still remain unnoticed in the world. Think about that a while.

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...These are difficult to write and the ideas don't come easily. I try to let the reader only hear one side of the conversation and I try to insert myself into the mind of the party delivering it. Sometimes, I can agree to a degree...other times it is totally opposite polarity and repulsive to my thought process. When you write of irrational must embrace irrationality. It will drain you! Thanks for the good words! WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Oh my! I feel violated and exhilerated at the same time. It is amazing that you can take on the persona AND make it so believable. You make us think you are capable of the act! Powerful writing!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @seanorjohn...There are seven that precede this one in this style starting with "Conversation Pieces" on my hub site. The style is difficult and tiring to sustain as I have to think outside my own brain so much and try to put myself into the emotional mindset of the perpetrator...that would be tough to sustain for an entire novel. Glad you liked it! WB

      @Amy Becherer...Amy I think you should get licensed to carry! You are so correct. Each one of these has their own personality quirks that control their methodology. Look at Ted Bundy...good lucking, intelligent guy, an easy sell to most women as he proved. Others are creeper and lurk in the shadows just watching until they are overcome with the need to act. A simple act of rejection like you experienced with the apartment guy may be enough to cause him raise the ante. You should be very careful around there in that regard. I think if we all knew how much dangers surrounds us on any given day, we might just flip out...good that we don't. Thanks for the great comments. WB

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      Amy Becherer 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      As a woman, I have had many men approach the grocery store, drug store, parking lots, the sidewalk where I live. "Criminal Minds" illustrates the dark side of serial killers every week. Like a train wreck, you view the unspeakably complex brains of the darkside. It is impossible to look away. As possible victims, you must keep vigilant. My latest was while walking my dog around 9:30 PM, when a man was wandering the sidewalk in front of the apt building where I now reside. He appproached me stating he was interested in the apartments and asked me how to see the landlord. I told him definitely not at 9:30 PM and he should call for an appointment. He asked me about the apartments and I briefly described mine. He, then, slipped up and said he sees me everyday walking my dog and wanted to know if he could come out and talk to me when I passed by. I said I don't really have much time as I'm on a tight schedule. I've not seen him since, but my defenses are up and I wonder each time I traverse the block, if he is watching. The best anyone can do is to remain "on guard". Each criminal mind dailies in a different locale. It is impossible to ever know, nor would anyone want to live in fear each and every second of each and every day. Your write is excellent in bringing the scary reality of "it can happen to you at any time". The devil is dangerous because he is unrecognizable. Brilliant concept writing, Wayne...not only well written, but of great service.

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      7 years ago

      The callous, matter of fact writing style perfectly capures the chilling callousness of so many infamous killers. If you could sustain this writing style it could be the beginning of a novel. This will seriously spook anyone coming to your hubs for the first time. Voted up. Looking forward to your next offering.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...I remember all the years as a kid how we ran the streets in my small hometown day and night. In the summer we made it into the house just in time to get a bath and go to bed so we could start again the next day. Nobody ever dreamed of anyone snatching a kid much less an adult...the world has become a much more evil place in the last fifty years. Glad to you liked this bit. WB

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Mr Bundy I thought they gave you a lethal dose of your own medicine a few years back? Maybe they just plum did in the wrong guy?

      This is so real to life Wayne, you did an excellent job of convincing me to keep looking over my shoulder and I'm not a woman, but there are serials looking for boys, men to. Look at Clifford Robert Olson, Jeffery Dahlmer and many other horrific killers.

      The streets most definitely are not very user friendly, but one heck of a place to pick up innocent lost kids, very sad indeed for these victims and virtually unstoppable, the police have their hands tied.


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