Killers Walk Among Us. They do. It’s simple as that!
In a perfect world, there are rainbows and peace is everlasting. In this world however, evil people exist. Not all killers are caught. Many won’t spend a day in jail.
The best will never be found. There are also the newbies who are easily overlooked. They’ll slip through the cracks because what they did was out of character. No one will suspect them. You’ll brush shoulders with these killers on a bus or train, drink coffee opposite them in a café, attend a toddler’s party and sing Happy Birthday with them. That’s why they are anyone among everyone. That’s why they’re looking at you right now, lining you up as their next target.
They aren’t the shadowy figures you think they are. They aren’t sneaking from rock to rock or lurking in the dark anymore. They hide in plain sight. They use the noisy confusion of a busy city life to cover their movements. This one walks with confidence, looks you right in the eye and appears no different to anyone else. They are intelligent, genuine and outwardly caring. They shake your hand with a smile but also dream of dismembering your body.
Don’t shudder. This is not fiction. This is life. Killers walk among us. It’s true.
On the 31st May, a current affairs programme broadcasted a detailed update on the Claremont Serial Killer. It’s almost 20 years since the first of three victims were taken. The piece, currently advertised on TV as: What Happens To Serial Killers Who Don’t Get Caught?
The reason I bring word of this news item to my blog is for two reasons:
- The Prologue in my novel SEETHINGS is in the vein of What Happens To Serial Killers Who Don’t Get Caught?
- I was passed information earlier this week about someone who says she works with the Claremont Serial Killer.
1. My prologue asks this same question, going some way to explain what’s to happen in the pages that follow. They answer that one question about what happens to it’s serial killer. You’re not going to like the answer but you’re going to love the book!
2. The Claremont Serial Killer?
It has been known for quite some time that he works in the public service, with roads. All employees who work in this area have been told by their supervisors that the Claremont Serial Killer works somewhere within their building. They don’t point him out or mention his name but they make it known so no one is caught out being alone anywhere for any length of time. It’s kind of an off-the-books duty of care arrangement put in place by the administration.
The question we all may ask immediately: If they know who it is why don’t the police just pick him up?
The answer isn’t so simple otherwise they would’ve done that. My guess is a case isn’t able to be made to seal the deal. Chinese whispers are one thing but sending someone away for life based on them is another. There is a process that must be followed and I suppose they can’t engage any of it without something backfiring. Sending a killer free in-law isn’t what any of us want!
Channel Seven claimed a significant breakthrough has been made since the 2008 re-investigation. It suggests that whatever blocked its path then has now been cleared and the killer will be arrested during the broadcast. I don’t know about that. Sensationalized headlining will suggest much but often deliver little or nothing. It’s possible that just another tiny piece of the puzzle is about to come to light. I somehow believe that the Claremont Serial Killer will turn up for work the next day as if nothing has happened. It will be as it was for the last twenty years and innocent coworkers not be any wiser. They’ll shuffle papers with the killer, take a break with the killer and even debate the story by the water cooler with them.
Let’s see what happens. In the meantime, read and enjoy SEETHINGS. See what another serial killer does when he’s busy living his life not being caught! – Michael
‘SEETHINGS’ is not an easy read – but I’m so glad I persevered – even when the content repulsed me.
Keep writing Michael Forman you have an amazing talent.
Linda J Bettenay
author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’