Target for Potential Killer

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The murder of a Manhattan graduate student in 2006 gained much attention not only for the brutality of the act but also for its location. The 24-year-old woman was chatting with her friend in a local bar till 2:30 A.M. After the friend left, the woman left for another bar half an hour later. Her friend could not contact her after that. Around 17 hours later, an unknown caller informed the police about a body lying near a road. The woman was found brutally murdered by suffocation. Evidence suggested that she might have also been raped and assaulted by the murderer.

What made the victim a suitable target for a potential killer?

How could she have decreased her likelihood of victimization?

In your opinion, could she have facilitated or precipitated her own murder?

Provide a rationale for your answer. What could have she done to avoid landing in this situation?

Cite at least two examples in which a "victim" overcame his or her victimizer.

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School: Cornell University



Target for Potential Killer




What made the victim a suitable target for a potential killer?
It is clear that the 24-year-old was in a bar chatting with her friend very late into the night
which makes it utterly significant that she would be a possible target for a potential killer. It is also
clear that she did not have an escort at the time they separated from her friend and headed to
another bar at that particular time of the time. The scenario their plays into the hands of a potential
killer since she is a lone woman, which means that she, is significantly vulnerable to any possible
crime. Therefore, being a woman and walking alone past midnight changing bars made it very
possible for her to be targeted. It is also clear that she did not practice any caution regarding the
risky nature of her escapade late into the night. Having been in a bar up to 2.20 am, it can also be
believed that she was drunk which significantly increased the chances of falling victim for a
potential killer or rapist since it would be very difficult fo...

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