In part 1 of this post, I wrote about the young woman who was assaulted and then killed while hiking on a mountain trail in
I will briefly mention three.
1. My great aunt, a widow in her mid-eighties, was out for walk near her apartment in a nice area of
2. A serial killer known as the Trailside Killer stalked hikers in the Bay Area’s
3. A young reporter for a newspaper I published went out for walk with her husband. A van stopped on a busy
Were these victims careless? Could they have fought off their attackers and survived? In the case of my great aunt, of course that is highly unlikely. With the others there is no way of knowing. It is possible to do all the right things and still lose your life. According to police authorities in
A life lived in fear certainly is not the answer. But common sense approaches to walking, hiking, or running alone certainly make people less of a target. Being aware should be rule one. Walking down a street listening to an iPod, for example, diminishes your awareness — and it makes you look like prey. Not hiking alone in wilderness or countryside or remote parts of cities should be rule two.
Training in a practical form of self-defense always helps. That along with a strong will to prevail in an assault can put the odds of survival in your favor. A final thought: when an attacker wants to take his victim from the crime scene to somewhere else, it usually means he intends to kill the victim. Same if someone wants to tie you up. Fight like a wild animal on the spot. Those are your best odds.