I haven't written about the unfolding kidnap/exploitation of three (at least) young women in Cleveland because your home TV set is full of it -- in every sense of the word. But the media, having approximately the cleverness and creativity of a 1970s photocopier,* is now trotting out every last survivor of long-term creepezoid kidnappers they can find.
It's a short list.
Nevertheless, they're playing it up and you may find yourself lookin' at strangers and bus drivers in a whole new way.
Reality is, the distribution curve for human behavior is way wider -- and way taller in the middle -- than either the talking heads on TV or conventional wisdom would suggest. And it tapers off in the usual bell-shaped way, which is the real problem.
See, horrible people do horrible things; always have, even back in "the good old days;" but they are both more horrible and less common than you'd think. The trouble is, there's a lot of in-between awfulness to give the really icky ones cover.
Take, for instance, the padlocked interior doors noticed by family members of the guy alleged to have been the prime kidnapper in the Cleveland case (and seen in some published photographs). They're a not-uncommon feature of poorer homes, to either slow the depredations of light-fingered relatives or in the mistaken belief that law enforcement needs a separate warrant for every locked door. If Uncle Weirdo is a little paranoid, or hiding illicit substances, who's to pry? Especially as he's known to have a bad temper? --And so it goes.
Pervert kidnappers are not behind every corner; but they're out there. As Breda has remarked, "carry your gun. It's lighter than regret."
* Ask your googleparents.
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