By Linda Fairstein
Crime professional Linda Fairstein finds the sinister ways in which rapists decide on and assault their sufferers, and what you must be aware of to guard yourself
From the guy who haunted midtown Manhattan's high-rise workplace constructions, to the stalker within the wooded suburbs close to Nashville, serial rapists frequently have one chilling trait in universal: They function in "comfort zones." occasionally they locate their very own convenience zones, reminiscent of the stairwell of a well-recognized place of work development. different occasions they might pinpoint their sufferers' convenience zones, corresponding to the bed room of an unlocked condominium. In either circumstances, skilled sexual predators take advantage of their power sufferers' such a lot unguarded moments. In How Serial Rapists aim Their sufferers, Linda Fairstein breaks down the styles of those violent criminals and describes the day by day ways in which ladies can most sensible defend opposed to them.
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Crime professional Linda Fairstein finds the sinister ways in which rapists opt for and assault their sufferers, and what you must comprehend to guard yourselfFrom the fellow who haunted midtown Manhattan's high-rise workplace constructions, to the stalker within the wooded suburbs close to Nashville, serial rapists usually have one chilling trait in universal: They function in "comfort zones.
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He forced her to lie on the ground, lifted her clothes over her face, pulled off her shoes and one leg of her jeans, and raped her, the blade of a knife pressed to her neck. , area. But connecting these cases didn’t help capture the predator. C. region and traveling up the East Coast, raping three more women and attempting to attack a fourth in Connecticut. He might have succeeded in raping another in Rhode Island, but as he entered a home there, he was scared off by an 11-year-old girl’s screams.
There, she waited, noticing a man standing off to the side, a cigarette dangling from his lips. She’d later tell police that she thought the man was trying to be polite by not smoking too close to her. But he was anything but polite. Around 7:15, he approached her and asked when the next bus was coming. Before she could answer, he said, “I have a weapon. Follow me,” and led the terrified woman down the street and behind a large utility box in the front of an apartment complex. He forced her to lie on the ground, lifted her clothes over her face, pulled off her shoes and one leg of her jeans, and raped her, the blade of a knife pressed to her neck.
In early 2011, a joint FBI–Department of Justice task force stepped up the manhunt for the rapist. ” His DNA indeed proved a match to the open cases down the highway. Thomas, now awaiting trial in Virginia, was raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, which helps explain his ease in navigating the areas where he stalked his prey. Two of the teenagers he abducted and raped on Halloween 2009 testified against Thomas at his hearings. ” With courageous survivors to confront this serial monster, and the reliability of DNA technology to cement his guilt, I expect Thomas to be handed several life sentences when convicted for these heinous crimes.