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    Thank you. I just read the story and I think it articulates what many of us feel. I've always had some reluctance to walk or hike alone in certain areas and tried to tell myself that I was just being silly and letting my imagination run wild. I think a scary part of this, is that the worst I've imagined has now happened.

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    This doesn't seem to end - from recent msnbc report

    "The North Carolina Bureau of Investigation is also looking into whether Hilton could be linked to the disappearance of Rossana Miliani, 26, who was last seen Dec. 7, 2005, and had told her family she was going hiking.

    A store clerk said Miliani came into her store with a white man in his 60s and seemed nervous when they bought a backpack, said private investigator Steve Siske."

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    I am sure we can all at the very least breathe a sigh of relief that this monster has been found and is now locked away so he cannot harm any more innocent people. Thanks for the link Carole.
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    Thanks for the link. This story is still constantly on my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carole
    This doesn't seem to end...
    Au contraire! The resolution of open, sometimes cold, cases that can actually be linked to a given suspect is great news. To go even further, that a single individual is responsible for multiple instances of such horrific criminality means that there are fewer such people as a segment of the whole.

    It just doesn't say good things about our society's ability to screen for such individuals before they're able to perpetrate their crimes.

    I hope that subsequent leads turn out to be substantiated and not just a tease for the families.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skennenden
    Thanks for the link. This story is still constantly on my mind.
    We are not alone. I read that thousands of women are flocking to take self defense courses.
    Another article which I cannot find, discussed why so many women feel very fearful and cannot stop thinking and talking about it. It has to do with where it happened, (not a likely crime scene), and the fact that Meredith did nothing to precipitate this attack. Therefore the message is "if it can happen to her, it can happen any one of us, anytime, anywhere".
    The good news was that this is very rare and the passing of time would help. Encouragement was given to try to keep it in perspective.
    Here is the link to the other article.
    http://www.11alive.com/news/article_...storyid=109533
    "If a stranger gets within 20ft of you, you should feel uncomfortable."
    I take that to mean even after 20" when you start thinking you just found a "new best friend". I never kept quite that distance but I surely will now.
    When I took my RAD course, the police told us that women who have taken both martial arts and a RAD course communicated to them that they found the RAD classes to be much more specific and helpful to fending off an attacker. I have never done martial arts so I really cannot compare the two.I will take them at their word.
    Tom and Atticus are going to climb Bondcliff for Meredith. I hope it's a bluebird day with a beautiful sunset.
    JUST FOUND IT! http://www.11alive.com/news/article_...storyid=109300
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    Thanks so much for sharing these articles.

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    Another article, this one about one of the NC hikers he is suspected of killing. She was 84, and there was evidence of defensive injuries. Her husband remains missing.

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    CBS/AP (EXCERPT)

    Gary Michael Hilton was sentenced today to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to murder in the beating-death of a young woman hiker in the north Georgia mountains.

    During a hearing in Dawson County Superior Court, District Attorney Lee Darragh said the plea agreement was signed earlier in the day.

    The plea spared Hilton from the death penalty, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/...n3775421.shtml

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    What has gone so wrong in our society?

    What went wrong in this person's life to turn him into the monster he bacame, and how did he fall through all of the cracks and the safety nets?

    Why does admitting to the crime allow you to live on for 20 or more years in a place where you are fed 3 meals a day, have a place to sleep, have a job provided for you, TV, a Gym etc... and the therapy that could have saved HOW many peoples lives?

    A lot of things we as Americans do right, unfortunately, we do a lot wrong also...

    May all the familys and loved ones involved find some peace and some strength.

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    Article posted today containing statements by Meredith's mom and dad.
    http://www.11alive.com/news/article_...storyid=110459

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinooktrail
    A lot of things we as Americans do right, unfortunately, we do a lot wrong also...
    What do you mean "we" in connection with this incident? Life seems to have shortchanged a lot of people, very few of whom commit murder.

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    Her Father

    This has hit me in a big way too - I guess because I can see myself in the same situation. I feel like I am humane, but I think her father raised an interesting concept:

    "I only pray that he suffers immensely for his heinous acts and that even his fellow inmates recognize his evil and malevolence for mankind and treat him with appropriate measures.

    Just like Jeffery Dahmer....

    I wouldn't be sorry.

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    Dittos Abster.

    If you scan down this site and click ME Poem by Candas Jones, you will see a beautiful poem written by a hiker for Meredith and her loved ones by a hiker.
    Each day that I hike in the woods I think of her and always seem to say..."this is for you Meredith".
    I might have mentioned this before but when Tom and Atti hike Bondcliff for the second time this winter, it is dedicated to her.
    http://www.ronjones.org/CurrentComme...ersonHike.html

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    Stan,

    Don't get me wrong, I would want nothing LESS than the death penalty for this monster. (Which he has snuck out of by confessing I believe.) I would rather have it over quickly than pay to have him living for another 20 or so years. He is apparently a serial killer, and I don't imagine there is any remorse or any way of making him a 'model' citizen.

    I too hope some sort of justice is found with his 'peers' in prison.

    What I was wondering is where did this all go so wrong? What can turn someone into thinking about taking someones life away?

    I can not imagine Meredith's family and loved ones grief over such a senseless act, as well as all the other families were are finding out about.

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