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DON’T LET IT HAPPEN IN THE FIRST PLACE - PART III
[THE MOMENT OF TRUTH]
by Lt Col Al Ridenhour USMC
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EXCERPT:

"Building on Part II in this newsletter, I’ll continue on with what you really need to be thinking about from a personal protection standpoint. In this newsletter I will cover the nature of one of the most horrific crimes you may have to deal with the “Home Invasion Crime”. Then in Part - IV I will focus on some preventive measures to aid in your ability to survive such a situation should you become victim to it.  

For those who continue to think that real fights are like what you see in the ring or in the movies, I’ve got bad news for you… that stuff does not happen in the real world! Once again these folks are living in an alternative reality and haven’t the slightest clue as to the true nature of the fight they may have on their hands.

To set the tone below are two stories ripped right from the headlines and while they are horrific they serve as a reminder as to the true nature of real violence that we train to and not the nonsense that passes for self defense in most fighting systems. Also be advised that what I am sharing here is but a small sample of the type of Hell and mayhem that visits ordinary law abiding citizen’s everyday, may they rest in peace and find justice. As stated in previous newsletters the question I have for you at the end of the day is are “you” going to allow yourself or your loved ones to become the topic of the next news headline?

The Petit Murders

CHESHIRE, CONN - As a police officer approached the home of the Petit family in Cheshire, Conn., on the morning of July 23, 2007, two men ran from the scene as flames poured out of the house. They were quickly apprehended. When officers then returned to the house they found Dr. William A. Petit Jr., 50; who had been severely beaten, and the bodies of his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48; and their daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11. The two men police allege orchestrated the home invasion that resulted in the death of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters. Police believed, as Petit and her 11-year-old daughter, Michaela, were leaving the “Stop & Shop” in the Maplecroft Plaza a few miles from their home, the men followed the Petits as they drove home and then returned to the house just hours later, slipping in an unlocked back door. Dr. William Petit Jr., 50, was beaten and bound in the basement while Mrs. Petit, 48, was raped, strangled and set on fire her daughters’ Michaela and Hayley, 17, were sexually assaulted tied to their beds and died of smoke inhalation after the house was set on fire. William Petit managed to escape.

The Wichita Massacre

WICHITA, KANSAS - The Wichita Massacre, also known as “The Wichita Horror,” was a murder/assault/rape/robbery spree perpetrated by brothers Reginald and Jonathan Carr in the city of Wichita, Kansas in the winter of 2000. On December 8, 2000, having recently arrived in Wichita, they committed armed robbery against 23-year-old assistant baseball coach Andrew Schreiber. Three days later, they shot and mortally wounded 55-year-old cellist and librarian Ann Walenta as she tried to escape from them in her car. Their crime spree culminated on December 14th, when they invaded a home and subjected five young men and women to robbery, rape, and murder. The brothers broke into a house chosen nearly at random where Brad Heyka, Heather Muller, Aaron Sander, Jason Befort and a young woman identified as H.G., all in their twenties, were spending the night. Initially scouring the house for valuables, they forced their hostages to strip naked, bound and detained them, and subjected them to various forms of sexual humiliation, including rape and sodomy.

They also forced the men to engage in sexual acts with the women, and the women with each other. They then drove the victims to ATMs to empty their bank accounts, before finally bringing them to a snowy deserted soccer complex on the outskirts of town and shooting them execution style in the backs of their heads, leaving them for dead. The Carr brothers then drove Befort's truck over the bodies. They returned to the house to ransack it for more valuables. It was then they claimed their final victim, Nikki, H.G.'s muzzled dog who was beaten and stabbed to death. H.G. survived (thanks to her plastic hairpin having deflected the bullet), after running naked for more than a mile in freezing weather to report the attack and seek medical attention.

I have often had conversations with Grand Master Perkins on the evil that men do most people and in particular many martial artists are “clueless” to the pure evil people inflict on one another. We’ve discussed some of the horrific things we have seen or heard of both at home and abroad. The homicide scenes, the tales of the al Qaeda slaughter rooms in Fallujah, Iraq where people are butchered for the slightest perceived infractions of “Sharia Law” you name it. A good friend of mine Col Matthew Bagdanaos who wrote the book “Thieves of Baghdad” is also a prosecutor for the Manhattan DA’s office. In the past he has related to me some of the more horrific crimes he has prosecuted over the years that are too gruesome for words. People cut open and defecated on or sexually assaulted while they lay dying and the list goes on…

Once again I am including some the comments from Newsletter #117 written by Kevin Harrell, 4th Dan Guided Chaos, because he really reinforces much of what Grand Master Perkins goes to great lengths to ensure people understand when it comes to dealing with real world violence as opposed to fantasy fighting. Again Kevin Harrell is a 4th Degree GC and is a retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer with over 20 years experience states;

“…The criminal element is out there plotting and preparing their crimes and they are watching to identify potential victims. So if you look at it as the criminal element doing their job (finding easy prey to victimize) while yours is to not be an easy victim, then you will see how awareness is key and paramount to your survival. Believe me, criminals are out there even though you may not see them or even be aware that they are conducting surveillance on you and others…”

Kevin continues;

“…People have to realize that in many instances you and only you are responsible for your own safety and survival.  The cavalry is not coming to save you.  Awareness training in conjunction with realistic self defense training may be the only things that stand between you being a victim versus being a survivor.  You will never know how many attacks on yourself never happened because of your heightened state of awareness or the aura you give off of not being an easy victim that the thug can perceive and thus left you alone to find easier prey…”

In the example below what I am offering here is a synopsis of one of dozens of possible scenarios that could take place. I warn you that some of this may be graphic but it is necessary so that the understanding is seared into your conscious. I present it in picture format with a time line to provide you with some sense of the sequences of events so that you can have a greater appreciation as to how fast things can go bad on you..."


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