It's unfortunate, but many people can recall at least one horrendous crime taking place in their towns or cities. While some offenses are more brutal than others, it's still unsettling to know that your neighborhood may not be as safe as you'd like.
Notable hometown crimes occur in just about every major city of every state, and websites like Reddit often give a glimpse into true crime around the world. People on Reddit share some truly disturbing crimes that have taken place, including the horrific murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, the Beltway Snipers' attacks, and plenty more crimes from all over.
You may not feel safe in your neighborhood ever again.
From Redditor /u/caseyesac:
I'm from Brentwood. Nicole Brown Simpson lived down the street from me. I was too young to remember anything, but my parents have some crazy stories, and I still get a reaction when I tell people.
The craziest thing to me is that the cops took forever to clean up the scene. The day after the murders, my mom walked down with infant me to put flowers on the gate. There was still a ton of blood visible, including bloody paw prints where Nicole's dog had run through the yard.
My babysitter got subpoenaed along with a few other friends/neighbors. Only one actually got called to testify; he'd heard a voice in the alley saying, 'Hey hey hey!'
In the years after, we couldn't take walks around the neighborhood without tourists stopping my parents to ask where Nicole's house was. Literally, school buses full of kids would stop in front of the house. They had traffic cops there to manage traffic (keep in mind this is the suburbs).
From Redditor /u/DontCallMeNymphadora:
The mass murderers the Beltway Snipers. My husband and I took our kids for a walk one evening after dinner. As we were passing the strip mall, we noticed two cop cars in front of the grocery store (Shoppers). We did the long stare as we walked by, (across the street) and more cops were rushing to the scene. If you Google map the Shoppers that those guys hit, you'll see a police station and a fire station all within sight distance to the store, so the response was quick. I thought it was an armed robbery type deal. We finished our walk and went home.
Next day, all hell broke loose, those guys hit a gas station and another shopping center I go to. I always wondered what would have happened if we'd finished dinner earlier, or had walked across the street to grab a carton of milk or something prior to the walk.
From Redditor /u/jenlandia:
An eight-year-old girl went missing, and days later she was found badly decomposed underneath her 13-year-old neighbor's water bed. I was 13 at the time, and it was difficult to hear about. Everyone remembers where they were when they heard it.
My high school turned on the TVs in the middle of class when the girl's body was found. My mom picked me up from the bus stop crying. Maddie Clifton, poor girl.
From Redditor /u/DextroSkeletal:
I'll never forget the day of the [Murrah] bombing. I was in fourth grade and had ridden my bike to school. When school let out, my parents were parked not far from the bike rack and had me and my sister's bikes in the back of the pickup truck. They drove us home and asked if anyone told us what had happened. Then I just watched the news coverage for the rest of the day. At that point, it was reported that emergency responders who went in after the blast were pulled out because some of them saw what they thought were secondary bombs in what was left of the building.
My cousin worked in the building next door. When they heard the blast, they thought it was one of the printing presses in their building blowing up, so everyone ran outside. He said that he saw body parts in the rubble and I could tell the one time he ever talked about it with me that it was an emotionally trying experience.