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Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)
TITLE: The Stalker
By Dianne Janak
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Through his binoculars he zeroed in on my daughter, a nurse in San Diego, who was sun bathing at the pool in her apartment’s courtyard.
Three hundred miles away, I was oblivious to the danger that awaited her. When the phone rang, I was ironing and didn’t pick up.
Answering machine : “Mom, the police are here. A man followed me down the hall as I came back to my room after sun bathing. He had NO clothes on ! My key jammed, but I made it just in time. He was wanting to break in. I’m so scared. They need a description and a report. Can you come down?”
Panic call to husband : “Honey, we have an emergency. Sissy is in trouble. There was a naked man in her hallway stalking her. I’m going to go stay with her a while. Is there any way you can miss your business trip and go with me? I’m freaking out here. ”
Comfort call to daughter : “Sissy , I’m on my way. Dad may come later. I’m going to stay with you until we know he is gone. I’m bringing pepper spray. Call the apartment manager and tell him to get the information out to everyone else. Ask him for an escort back to your room each night after work. You can’t walk alone in the dark until you know this guy is gone.
It’s ok. Our church prayer warriors are on it. God will cover you with His protection.”
Voice mail on cell : “Mom, hurry up. This is serious. Now he’s following me. He drives a white truck, and as I pulled out of the parking lot today, I saw him. He was waiting for me. I don’t know what to do. Please hurry.”
Call waiting on phone: “ Sissy, I was talking to a private dectective. They can set up some surveillance, but I want to talk to some other people, and see if there is anything else we can do. There is no guarantee they can get him, if we hire someone, but we know God is in control .
I’ll be there in two hours. Don’t leave your apartment and call work … tell them you won’t be coming in for a couple of days. The detective says we need to get write down his license plates. ”
Urgent call to police: “ My daughter reported a stalking incident yesterday. I came down here to help protect her. Is there anything I can do? She says he is following her. ….. You can’t do anything until we get his license??
He keeps his tailgate down so she can’t see the license plate. He apparently has no front plates. Isn’t there anything you can do?”
Five days later:
Relieved call to husband : “I don’t think you need to come, honey. It’s been quiet since I have been here. I think he has moved on, and I’ll probably come home tomorrow. This has been a horrible ordeal, but I feel confident it’s over and she is safe. Thanks for praying. We felt the peace.”
Frantic call from Sissy: “Mom, as soon as you left, he knew it. He must have been watching. He started following me again, but this time I just got mad and did a u-turn, coming up behind him. I tail gated him for a while, but still couldn’t see his plates. I had to do something. I’m tired of this idiot trying to ruin my life.”
Informative call from police chief: “Your daughter told me what she did. I would never advise it to anyone, as women shouldn’t play around with these people. I will tell you this though. These men are cowards. This is more about fear than sex. Since she took the reins and chased him, I would safely bet he leaves her alone.”
Three months later:
Ecstatic call from Sissy: “ Mom, the police were just here. My stalker found another victim. This time they caught him, and I picked him out of a lineup with pictures. He was a sex offender on parole. He’ll be in prison for a long time for attempted rape. God protected me, Mom. “
Praise call to church: “ The stalker is behind bars! Hallelujah!”
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