The Beast is still out there…

…and I am extremely frustrated. The cops didn’t even call me yesterday. They spoke to me every day before that, but they’ve been very uncommunicative as far as telling me what they’ve been doing. The other day they showed me a photo of a young woman and asked if I’d ever spoken to her. I had no idea who she was. I asked if she was a girl who had offered me some pizza and they said she was not. If it’s not the pizza girl I have no clue who she is. They also showed me a photo array of guys and asked if the Beast was in there, but the photos were black and white and not that great quality and I was unsure.

I thought they’d arrest him right after it happened. Then I thought they’d arrest him on Thursday after some more evidence came in. And yet, as far as I know, he’s still walking around loose, and it’s been almost a week.

The Beast has basically been identified now anyway, from what I understand, and I’m not really sure why he remains free. My best guess is that they are trying to build a strong case, maybe waiting for lab results or something, while keeping an eye on him. He’s not going anywhere. That would explain why they haven’t issued any kind of press release about the unsolved crime with a description of the suspect. If they already know who he is, and they’ve got him under surveillance, there’s no need to warn people about him and possibly let him know he’s wanted. But that’s just a guess. I really have no clue what the holdup is. I’m afraid to ask. I don’t want to make my detective angry with me, and he probably wouldn’t tell me anyway. I looked at the Washington Post and their sections for crime incidents in the metro area. They didn’t really have much of anything for Reston. But it looks like they only report arrests, not reported-but-not-solved-yet crimes. All their crime blurbs were “So and so was arrested and charged with such and such crime…”

I don’t really have much of a choice but to hope and trust that the police are doing their jobs. I have no reason to believe that they aren’t. But it’s just so frustrating to have to sit and wait. I don’t want to go home with this unfinished.

In the meantime, at least I got out yesterday. My friend drove me to Washington DC and we visited, appropriately enough, the Museum of Crime and Punishment. We spent like five hours there. It was really cool and I learned a lot, more than I thought I would. In the time-honored tourist tradition, I spent more than I can afford on overpriced junk at the gift shop. I got a book and a t-shirt for myself, and I bought a shot glass because I have a coworker who collects them and she said she’d pay me for it if I got her one in DC.

Today we are going to the zoo or maybe another museum or both. We were actually going to the zoo yesterday, but it rained all morning so we decided to stay indoors. And of course right after we made up our minds to go to the Museum of Crime and Punishment, it cleared up and became blazingly sunny and really nice.

24 thoughts on “The Beast is still out there…

  1. Joanne June 21, 2009 / 9:00 pm

    “The Beast has basically been identified now anyway, from what I understand, and I’m not really sure why he remains free. ”

    Our legal system is set up to protect the criminal. If those police officers set a foot wrong, a judge may well just throw out the case despite any evidence.

    If the judge is wacko enough, and pro-criminal enough, or trying to protect certain “groups” that he or she feels sympathetic to, (we have planty of those soiling our court system) charges may get thrown out anyway.

    I hope you will find a victim support group and be vocal. Judges aren’t as likely to misbehave when victims are vocal and they think there may be repercussions for misbehaving.

  2. Joanne June 21, 2009 / 9:02 pm

    Meaghan, have you thought about going into law enforcement or forensics? You clearly are very smart and capable, and have a unique perspective.

  3. emma l June 22, 2009 / 8:26 am

    I was actually away all weekend but i was thinking about you and whether they’d arrested anyone. What on earth are they waiting for?!!

  4. Cheryl June 22, 2009 / 12:20 pm

    What girl? What pizza? I think I must have missed something somewhere.

    • Meaghan June 22, 2009 / 12:56 pm

      Shortly before the Beast first spoke to me on the bus, a girl noticed I was upset and offered me a piece of pizza and her cell phone number. Then she got off the bus. I of course told this to the police, and they took her number from me. She was the only person I spoke to on the bus that night, besides the Beast.

  5. Cheryl June 22, 2009 / 1:17 pm

    Thanks for clearing that up for me. I know you are aggravated about this whole thing, but remember it takes time. They will get this guy. Hopefully the girl on the bus takes that route regularly and maybe she has seen him before. Did you ever call her?

    • Meaghan June 22, 2009 / 1:20 pm

      No, I never did.

      I am going home this evening. I am going to get a copy of my police report before I go. I don’t really know how I can help the investigation from Ohio — I mean, if there is a lineup, do they have me look at it by webcam or something? If they don’t call me by noon, I’m calling them.

  6. Cheryl June 22, 2009 / 3:50 pm

    Im sure they can do a photo line up online….not real sure. I watch way to many crime shows but when it comes to real life I know the process is super slow.

    Joanne says in her first post that hes been identified? I don’t know where I keep missing information… must be in the comments or something because I seem to be a bit clueless.

    How are you getting home by the way and how are you doing? I’ve been thinking about you all weekend. This whole thing infuriates me. Why do bad things happen to good people??? IF I could get my hands on that guy………..

    • Meaghan June 22, 2009 / 4:08 pm

      I believe the cops know who he is, yes. I mean, they can’t exactly tell me that, but I overheard stuff to the effect that they think they know, and if they don’t know who he is by now they are morons. They’ve got video footage now, and other witnesses besides me.

      I picked up my police report. It was kind of disappointing actually. Just a single piece of paper saying they don’t give out full reports unless the courts order them to, but the summary is that on June 16, Meaghan Good reported a rape incident.

      My friend is taking me to the airport in a couple of hours and I’m flying home and Mom is picking me up at the airport. I’m doing pretty good. I keep wondering if I’m going to crash later, but it hasn’t happened yet.

      I figure I just had rotten luck, meeting this guy. That and being a moron following him into the woods. But a girl ought be able to go for a walk in the woods with someone without worrying about this happening.

  7. Cheryl June 22, 2009 / 4:26 pm

    Well yes, you should be able to walk in the woods but NOT with someone you dont know. I’m sure it never even occured to you that something would happen……thats the problem, some of us tend to be too trusting. I use to be that way, the news and television has made me a little paranoid though. I also suffer from panic attacks which seems to keep me on “high alert” most of the time.

    I was going into Walmart Friday a week ago and some guy was coming out and said hello. I said hello back and went in the store and did my business. On the way out I ran into a guy I use to work with and talked to him for about 10 minutes.

    All in all I was away from my truck for 45 minutes. When I got to my truck the guy who said hello was parked near me and said hello again. I commented that I had just seen him when I went in the store and he gave me some song and dance about thinking he knew me, told me he had actually left and went to the bank them came back. Proceeded to give me his business card (his name was NOT on the card…..nobodys name was) and I said, “thanks Im in a hurry, gotta go – BYE!”

    The whole thing was rather odd, especially since 45 minutes had passed since I first saw him. Made me very uneasy.

    • Meaghan June 22, 2009 / 4:57 pm

      I’ve had similar encounters like that before. Once at my college dorm with a man who aroused my suspicion just because of his appearance — I didn’t recognize him as a student and the school was very small, and he was also too old to be a typical student at my school anyway, and it was like two in the morning and if he wasn’t a student what the hell was he doing in the dorm lobby? He waylaid me in conversation asking me all sorts of questions about myself. I gave very vague answers and tried to stay at least four feet away from him at all times. I had a bottle of pop with me from the dorm kitchen fridge (the first thing he said to me was “Aren’t you afraid someone might have put something in that?”) and made up my mind to throw it in his face if I had to. I didn’t have to. As soon as I could, I bolted away, ran up the stairs to my room and locked the door. Now, I wish I had called security to have the guy removed. Certainly he had some explaining to do.

    • Meaghan June 22, 2009 / 5:06 pm

      As far as me not suspecting anything of the Beast — well, I became uneasy a few minutes before he first attacked me, because we didn’t seem to be going anywhere even though he kept saying my friend’s apartment complex was just “five minutes” or “ten minutes” away, but I simply couldn’t figure out what to do about it.

      In spite of all the crimes and murders and stuff I read and write about every day, I’m really naive and kind of helpless in situations like this. I’ve got Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism that makes it hard for me to manage in social situations. As far as crime and safety goes — it’s like as if I was an expert on violins, can tell you all about their history and how they’re made and famous violinists and stuff…but I can’t play a single note on one.

  8. Cheryl June 22, 2009 / 6:57 pm

    You came out of it alive and you used your wits to make sure that happened. It was a horrible thing but the outcome could have been far worse. You handled things the best you could and did not do anything to get yourself killed.

    Have you thought about contacting any support groups or seeing a counselor? You seem to be handling things well but you did say you were wondering if you were gonna crash later. You should have something lined up just in case.

    Please have a safe trip and let us know that you’ve arrive home safely.

    • Meaghan June 23, 2009 / 12:11 pm

      I already have a counselor I’m seeing for my depression. I called him from DC to tell him what happened. I’ve got an appointment to see him later today.

      I did call the sex assault hotline, RAINN, a few times when I got really anxious. I felt better after I talked to them.

      I am home now. I called the cops before I left. My detective told me he’d been riding the bus all morning looking for the Beast but no luck yet. (Poor guy. That sounds so boring.) He said he’d call if and when he had any news.

  9. Joanne June 23, 2009 / 4:13 am

    Are there any rape victim support groups in Washington? You could maybe find them online and communicate by emails or calls. They could possibly keep the heat on the court on this one.

  10. Cheryl June 23, 2009 / 11:55 am

    Hi Joanne. I believe she lives in Ohio. She was just visiting a friend in DC. Hopefully Ohio is where she’ll get the most support….family, friends etc. Of course her online buddies will be for as well. I feel so bad for her.

  11. Cheryl June 23, 2009 / 3:39 pm

    Thats wonderful that you already have a counselor that you already know and who knows you. Very impressed that you’ve called the hotline already. Its good to have those resources available 24/7 – I’m sure they can really help you a lot, as far as what to expect emotionally and what not.

    When do you return to work? I’m not sure what you do but I do recall reading somewhere that your hours are weird and you sometimes have trouble sleeping.

    • Meaghan June 23, 2009 / 6:38 pm

      I go back to work tonight. I will have to tell a lot of baldfaced lies about how wonderful my vacation was.

  12. Cheryl June 23, 2009 / 3:41 pm

    I just posted at 11.39 am. Why does it say 3.39?

  13. Cheryl June 23, 2009 / 6:59 pm

    No you won’t. Just tell them about the things that you did do that you enjoyed and leave the bad stuff out. No lying necessary! Where does your boyfriend live? I know you go visit him on the weekends or on a day off or something….is he far ffrom you? How is he dealing with all of this?

    If I get to be too nosey please feel free to skip over my questions. I realize we are on a public forum. I just want to be sure you have your support system going. Its very important.

    • Meaghan June 23, 2009 / 7:11 pm

      My boyfriend lives about an hour away from here. I haven’t seen him yet, just talked to him on the phone. He’s extremely angry but glad I’m okay. Sometime this week I’m going to have to get his parents together and tell them what happened. (His parents and I are really close.)

  14. Cheryl June 23, 2009 / 7:46 pm

    Thats good that you are close to his parents. I like the way you aren’t trying to keep everything inside. A lot of women do and the results aren’t always good.

    I’m a big believer in talk therapy, counseling and support groups. I use to think they were all a bunch of bologna until I started having panic attacks back in the mid 90’s. I resisted therapy and just wanted a pill of some kind to make it all go away. I found that talking about my problem made things so much easier for me….I also discovered that there were tons of people (even people I knew) that experienced panic attacks and for some reason it made me feel not so alone.

    You know whats kind of strange? I found an online panic website and talking to people I didn’t even know really helped me a lot. It was weird once I had been in there a while…..when someone new came in and I could see their stuggles and feel their pain, it made me feel good to talk to them and to let them know that things do get better.

  15. Joanne June 24, 2009 / 12:55 am

    Cheryl, she has to work with a DC victims group because the crime happened in DC. This is not just for support for her. It is pressure on the police and court to get this guy busted and punished, and to warn other women in DC.

  16. Cheryl June 24, 2009 / 11:53 am

    Makes sense but how in the world is she going to do that if she doesn’t live there? Something definelty needs to be done, especially if they already have an idea who the guy is.

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