Serial Killer Murdering Homeless in Orange County, CA

Not at all a pleasant post today, but a necessary one:

Police believe there is a dangerous serial killer on the loose in Orange County, CA targeting homeless people. Three homeless men have already been murdered between Dec. 20 and Dec. 30.

Attacks on the homeless have been on the rise for the past few years and it’s one of the major reasons I was so keen on keeping my identity and location secret while I was initially blogging. (FYI, all three murders took place extremely close to the area I was staying. Like, within a mile or two close. One in a public shopping center.  This is my home turf, people.)

If you’re homeless anywhere, but particularly in Orange County right now, WATCH YOUR BACK.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Try not to be anywhere isolated, especially at night.  Look over this list of safety/survival tips that I posted a couple of years back. Be prepared.  This sick, twisted monster fuck is out there and has not yet been caught and will probably be looking to strike again.  Even if they do catch him, there’s always more out there like him, and homeless people are easy prey – they’re vulnerable and often it’s erroneously assumed that nobody will miss them.  Take care of yourself.

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Ugh.  Palate cleanser:

The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness just came out in Australia and New Zealand, and I’ve already received some encouraging emails from very awesome locals.  Australia Associated Press put out a super-lovely article yesterday, also. Gonna be doing several upcoming interviews there, so I’ll post when I know the dates/times (for radio and TV) or when print interviews are released.  Thank you to everybody Down Under for your support and kind words  :)

Comments

  1. Carrie says:

    Oh my, this is so sad. Why do people come up with these crazy actions? Killing homeless people? Killing people at all! This is insane…!

  2. Justine says:

    I am from Australia and I finished reading your book yesterday :)
    I was homeless when I was 16 (I am 20 now) and I was in a similar situation to you, I had a full time job, a phone a laptop an ipod and all that goes with it, I just lacked somewhere to live. And for me being 16 and homeless it was either stay on a 3-5 year waiting list for government funded youth housing or try and find a place of my own. It was pretty hard to be taken seriously when I was 16. Also the fact that I am gay really added an extra weight on my shoulders for a number of different reasons.
    Your book shed a lot of light for what it is like for homeless people in America. It sounds a bit different than here, but fundamentally it is the same.

    Anyway, thanks for a good read, I am definitely going to keep this blog in my favourites now :)

  3. Nico says:

    The more I read stories like this, the more terrified for my family and our situation. So sad. Better to be aware I suppose.

  4. jen says:

    This is so sad. I’m glad that this didn’t happen to you. i sent you a couple emails explaining that i was homeless myself in fall of 2008 i quit my job to move from mm to Arkansas to get back together with a guy i was with previously but had moved to Arkansas for a girl he met online shortly after i broke up with him. he was homeless which i knew bout before going so i ended up being homeless too. Granted a lot of times we had my car to stay in or a motel room when i first was down there i was scared of this happening. other times we slept under a bridge cuz the cops told us we couldn’t be parked where we were. He made me feel safe though and that i had nothing to worry bout if he was with me. my parents eventually found out we were homeless and eventually talked me into to going back to mn. he didn’t wanna go with though because the girl he met online was pregnant with his kid and wanted to stay with her. two days after getting back to mn when talking on the phone he’s told he can’t are or have anything to do with the baby so i talked him into coming back to mn and i drive all the way back to Arkansas to go get him and went back to spending a few more days in my car before heading back. we were maybe only back together for a couple months he broke up with me a couple weeks before Christmas. I thought my life was over. i lost my job my apartment my family my friends including him but we have remained friends. i always thought breaking up with him was the biggest mistake in my liFe for several years. I loved the guy and still do. i now think the quitting my job to be with him is. Its been three and a half years and i still haven’t found a good job. Mainly part time ones that never seem to last very long a couple weeks to s month. I’m currently working but only making bout 500 a month which is what id make in a week almost at the job i quit to move to Arkansas. my parents help me out a lot though finacially but i don’t wanna do that to them any more. i wanna actually be a part of the family and have

    • jen says:

      Goften to the point where i don’t wanna bother them anymore. even though it was about a month that i was homeless it is really an eye opener. I’ve always been one to help people but after being homeless want to help them somehow to. like maybe take donations of money to buy clothes coats so on or donations of that throughout the year and right before winter comes have a stand to hand out items like that before it starts getting colder so they have a little more warmth for being outside and have food available for them to eat at the stand picking it up. thought obviously i don’t know where to start or where to do it is the only thing any suggestions?

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