Calm Down -- You Probably Won't Be Murdered By Brooklyn's New Serial Killer
Don't worry -- this guy probably isn't going to kill you.
There's a serial killer in Brooklyn, which means one thing: time to freak out. But while you're freaking out -- and, admittedly, we are, too -- keep in mind that you're probably more likely to get hit by lightning than get murdered by a ruthless serial killer.
The so-called "Crazy 8 Killer" has struck three times since July. Each murder happened at a Brooklyn business with the number 8 in its address. In each case, the killer murdered a Middle Eastern business owner with the same .22-caliber pistol before -- in some cases -- stabbing them and covering their bodies with clothes.
If you're a Middle Easterner, and own a business that has an 8 in the address, feel free to freak out. As for the rest of us, the odds are in our favor that we'll be just fine.
Less than one-percent of all murders in the United States are committed by serial killers. And lifestyle choices tend to put certain people more at risk.
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For example, women working as prostitutes lead a lifestyle that makes them prime targets for serial killers.
Women in general tend to be at greater risk of falling victim to a serial killer -- in many cases regardless of dangerous lifestyle choices. Killers like Ted Bundy targeted young women because of a bizarre proclivity for heterosexual sexual violence. His victims were unlucky enough to simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time -- and be young, attractive, and female.
Jeffrey Dahmer also targeted a specific group: young, gay men who frequented gay bars in Millwaukee -- also because of a flare for sadistic sexual violence.
Brooklyn's "Crazy 8 Killer" appears to have a thing for male business owners who own stores with an 8 in the address. Of Brooklyn's roughly 2.5 million people, the number of male, Middle Eastern business owners who own stores with an 8 in the address is considerably low.
Again, you probably should be more worried about getting struck by lightning than getting killed by the "Crazy 8 Killer" -- unless, of course, you're a Middle Eastern business owner whose store has an 8 in the address. If that's the case, it's probably time to freak out.
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