Never. Ever. Pick up a Hitchhiker

“So this was told to me by an old family friend, Nicki, numerous times as a kid growing up, as one of those “life advice stories” to keep in mind through the years. And to her credit, I have never forgotten it. Whenever anything associated with hitchhiking comes up it always springs to mind and probably always will. Makes me a bit ill whenever I … Continue reading Never. Ever. Pick up a Hitchhiker

Aileen Wuornos

In 2002, the state of Florida executed the 10th woman to receive the death penalty in the United States since the 1976 reinstatement of capital punishment. The woman’s name was Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who had killed seven men she picked up while working the highways of the state in 1989 and 1990. If a psychologist was challenged to invent a childhood that would … Continue reading Aileen Wuornos

The Girl In The Box

Colleen J. Stan (born December 31, 1956)[ is an American woman who was kidnapped and held as a sex slave by Cameron and Janice Hooker in their Red Bluff, California, home for over seven years between 1977 and 1984. At the trial of her abductor, Stan’s experience was described as unparalleled in FBI history. On May 19, 1977, Colleen Stan was hitchhiking from her home in Eugene, Oregon, to a friend’s home in northern California, where she … Continue reading The Girl In The Box

Prison Escapee Carl Alfred Eder

In November of 1958, Thomas Pendergast was driving to El Cajon, California when he picked up a sixteen-year-old hitchhiker named Carl Alfred Eder. He felt sorry for the youth and let him stay with his family. On December 12, 1958, Thomas left for work, and during the day, Carl murdered his entire family. He claimed that he accidentally hurt four-year-old Diane because she was making … Continue reading Prison Escapee Carl Alfred Eder

Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders

Between 1972 and 1973 Santa Rosa, California experienced the killings of seven women whose murders have never been solved. An eighth probable victim disappeared and her body has never been located. All of the victims were known to hitchhike, a popular mode of transportation during that time. These murders became known as the SANTA ROSA HITCHHIKER MURDERS. The so called Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders have … Continue reading Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders

Girl In A Box

Twenty-year-old Colleen Stan was on her way to a friend’s birthday in northern California when her soon-to-be captor Cameron Hooker and wife Janice picked up the hitchhiker. Stan would spend much of the next seven years trapped in a box that let in no light, sound or fresh air, convinced by the Hookers that a mysterious and dangerous organization would kill her and her family … Continue reading Girl In A Box

The Man Who Escaped John Wayne Gacy

In the late 70’s, my Uncle was studying medicine at the University of Chicago. After a morning class, he decided that he would hitchhike back home to Lincoln Park on the North side instead of pay for a taxi. A man drove up in a Plymouth Satellite and offered my Uncle a ride. The man looked normal and seemed friendly…lighthearted even, so my Uncle got … Continue reading The Man Who Escaped John Wayne Gacy

The Note

I was a pretty brave person when I was younger. Or maybe I had that sense of invincibility that comes with youth. I’d survived some things: a stalker, who pursued my sister and I for over a year & a half, being sexually assaulted, 2 house fires, and growing up in a house that I swear to you was haunted. Not in that Disney way, … Continue reading The Note