We all have crazy stories from when we were little. When my brother and I were little, we went trick-or-treating and ended up at a house where everyone was tripping on acid and almost ran us over with their car. Shit happens, you know?
But reporter Jamilah King‘s story is so much more haunting than most people’s stories, and it’s stayed with her forever: when she was a kid, she met a famous serial killer.
Honestly, it started out as a pretty standard day for her.
Except she started to feel a little off when she realized someone was watching her as she played.
Even though she was only 11, she knew something was seriously up with this man, so she did what anyone would do: she ran.
Ah, the oldest trick in the book. Every child is told not to take things from strangers because, duh, they’re probably going to kidnap and murder you.
But also, hey, she was a kid, and she had other things on her mind, too.
In the end, she made her decision.
But she survived, right? That’s what really matters here. Overall, the experience wasn’t that horrible… right?
For those of you who don’t know who Andrew Cunanan is, he was the serial killer who killed at least five people, including famed fashion designer Gianni Versace. In fact, there’s a TV show airing about him right now called The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
Of course, no one actually believed her when she tried to tell them she’d met that very same man months ago.
But even though no one would believe her story, no one could forget it, either.
There’s a moral to this story somewhere in there, I think.
Anyway, a lot of people agreed that, looking at the timeframe, her story checks out.
It’s crazy, honestly, to think that you may have run across a serial killer in your lifetime and you had no idea. If not for that news coverage, Jamilah would have been clueless about who she’d encountered.
I guess the real moral of the story is this: only take the dollar if you know you can outrun them. Actually, just don’t take the dollar. Somehow, I don’t think the Baby Ruths are worth it.