Whoever killed Jessica Ridgeway is still at large and Halloween is just around the corner. So, as imagined, the high alert caused by this murder has inspired concern regarding trick-or-treating on this "children's" holiday. The sheriff of Boulder County is warning parents and guardians to stick with their kids this year when they go trick-or-treating. It really shouldn't need to be said because Halloween can be a dangerous night regardless of whether or not a murder has been committed. What with the dangers of poisoned candy and other horrific "pranks", parents should always stick right by their kids on this night if not any other. However, could the heightened concern have anything to do with the killer's whereabouts?
Could the person(s) who killed Jessica Ridgeway be planning on striking again? If so, Halloween night would probably be an opportune time for a child predator like the type it takes to kidnapped, kill and dismember a 10-year-old girl.
To be honest for a second, it doesn't seem like it would be that likely for this particular suspect to strike again, in the same area, on Halloween. You'd have to be a complete idiot to murder a child, then take a second one while the entire community is searching for even the slightest sign of oddity in their fellow community members. In fact, situations like these are probably why serial killers have what are called "cooldown periods."
Of course, some killers are driven by impulse and cannot control their actions, and therefore their "cooldown period" really only exists as a sporadic pause between actions. Which killer is the person who murdered Jessica?
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