I originally posted this on my Facebook page, but it bears repeating here in this forum.
A serial killer is loose in my neighborhood. The authorities have warned all of us to stay in our houses and to not approach any strangers. The authorities know who he is, but they have not been able to capture him or to stop him. He killed an innocent man, a year younger than I, in my neighborhood two weeks ago. Last night, he killed an elderly man in this town. A month ago, he hit a woman so hard that she was in the hospital for over a month. Then he attacked her husband, so he ended up in the same hospital.
This serial killer is so hard to capture because he has no pattern. He kills men and women, young adults, teenagers, children, and even babies. And he uses horrific means to murder the innocent. Rather than swift deaths, he tortures them. He inflicts his victims with terrible pain, and then he sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly suffocates them or starts a reaction in them which causes eventual death.
A few nights ago, my neighbor lady had a huge gathering of family and friends. They carried on as if the killer was not roaming the neighborhood. For all they know, he was right there among them! But the killer has no recognizable face that the police can put up in a wanted poster. He pretends to be like everyone else… until he chooses his next victim. I do not socialize with others; I stay home. When I must go out, I hide my face in the hopes that he will not recognize me later. I am scared, so I stay home.
This serial killer is here, and he is still at large. And do you want to know the most terrifying thing of all? He is in your neighborhood, too.