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  • According to statistics we  just made up, you have an 85%  

  • chance of running into a serial killer in  your life. So with a practical guarantee  

  • that one day you'll be in a fight for your  life against a madman, how can you survive  

  • a serial killer? We took to researching  previous serial killer survival accounts  

  • and even asked some security experts to come up  with our ultimate serial killer survival guide.

  • Survival Tip 1- Get Fit

  • This one's a no-brainer, but the less  physically fit you are, the less chance  

  • you'll be surviving an encounter withserial killer. Most people who survive being  

  • attacked do so by either fighting off their  opponent or putting up so much resistance,  

  • that their would-be killer simply gives  up and moves on to easier prey. In fact,  

  • just looking like you'd be difficult to handle  can make a killer take a hard pass on you.

  • Taking a basic self-defense course is not a bad  idea either. You don't have to be a martial arts  

  • master to fight off an attacker, there's some very  basic self-defense moves that are devastatingly  

  • effective- specially against an unwary attacker  who may not be expecting you to fight back.  

  • Basic palm, elbow, and knee strikes can  mean the difference between life and death.

  • The most important reason to get fit however has  nothing to do with fighting back- it's so you can  

  • run away. Any serious self-defense expert in the  world will tell you that the best way to win a  

  • fight is to never have to fight it in the first  place, which means putting on your running shoes  

  • and doing your best Forrest Gump impression as you  flee for your life. It may not look very bad ass,  

  • but getting yourself killed is also not  very bad ass, so take our advice and run.

  • Getting fit can also help you survive an  attack that you couldn't fight off or avoid.  

  • A survey of 40 serial killer survival stories  found that 20% of them had survived by being  

  • left for dead by the killer. If you're in  good physical shape and your body is strong,  

  • you have a better chance of surviving an attack  and lasting long enough to be discovered,  

  • or to crawl to get help  after you're left for dead.

  • But physical fitness is only one part of  the equation, because mental fitness is  

  • just as important. Life and death situations are  typically survived by people with extraordinary  

  • mental strength, who refuse to give up and  die when others would have fallen long ago.  

  • Your encounter with a serial killer may be  a quick, brief, but very violent affair,  

  • or could turn into a days-long struggle  for survival. Being mentally tough is  

  • as important as being physically fit  if you're to survive a serial killer.

  • Survival Tip 2 – Stranger Danger

  • This should go without saying, but if you want  to survive an encounter with a serial killer,  

  • don't make their job easier by making yourselfvictim. Your mom's age old adage of not talking  

  • to strangers holds true even in your adult  years. If somebody is making you uncomfortable,  

  • don't hesitate to let them know and put some  distance between you two. Many serial killers  

  • snared their prey by taking advantage of our  instinct to avoid socially awkward interactions-  

  • you know the type, someone invites you to  do something you don't' really want to do,  

  • but it would be rude to decline, so to avoid  the awkwardness you relent. It's believed that  

  • multiple times Ted Bundy harassed his victims to  accept a ride from him as they walked home alone,  

  • until finally not wishing to be rude and  off-putting, they accepted and sealed their fate.

  • So get comfortable with saying no.

  • If someone is asking for help and seems to be  in an emergency, it's ok to leave your front  

  • door locked while you call 911 for them from  inside. Same if someone flags you down and  

  • there's no other people around- simply inform them  you'll be calling 911 for them and drive a safe  

  • distance away. You should definitely help people  when you can, but your safety is a priority.

  • Also, you should be aware of anyone asking  for specific personal details about your  

  • life. If someone keeps asking about your  schedule- what time you get home from work,  

  • what time you go to sleep- or about the general  area where you live- do you have a roommate,  

  • is your neighborhood rural or on a busy streetthis is a massive red flag, and you should avoid  

  • giving any of those details out. You should  also remove yourself from that situation as  

  • quickly as possible, reporting the individual  to an authority figure if possible. Many serial  

  • killers have been scared off the hunt by simply  being reported to a work or police authority  

  • for harassing behavior- the last thing these  guys want to do is attract unwanted attention.

  • Which also means that you should be attracting  as much attention as you can if you're ever in  

  • an uncomfortable situation with a strangerMaybe that cute guy you met at the bar really  

  • is just into you, or maybe he's sizing  you up as his next victim. Either way,  

  • make sure your friends are aware of himdraw attention to the two of you throughout  

  • your interactions- basically, create as many  witnesses as you can so if you go missing,  

  • everyone is going to be pointing the finger  at one person. A serial killer will very  

  • quickly change his mind about you and seek  out prey that will keep him more anomymous.

  • Survival Tip 3- Fight

  • Serial killers have different methods of  operation, with some enacting mindless,  

  • random violence such as Zodiac, who  would shoot people and then drive away,  

  • and others who would turn their  killing into a ritual like Ted Bundy.  

  • While there's little you could do to fight off  an ambush attack like Zodiac, ritual serial  

  • killers can be seriously dissuaded from their  attack if you simply put up enough of a fight.

  • Fighting is going to draw attention to you bothwhich is the one thing the serial killer fears  

  • the most. Be loud, be violent, scream and call  for help- make as much noise and ruckus as you  

  • possibly can. Even if you can't physically  overpower your attacker, every second you  

  • spend putting up a fight is another second  that someone might notice what's going on,  

  • or at least make your attacker think that  the possibility of discovery is growing.  

  • Eventually, all but the most determined killers  are probably going to break off their attack,  

  • and once more go looking for easier prey.

  • In the age of social media though, you can  take your fight to the electronic medium.  

  • If a stranger approaches you and is giving you  seriously bad vibes, snap a photo of them and post  

  • it on your social media. If it's a serial killerthey'll almost certainly break off their attack  

  • once they release they are no longer anonymousIn the age of live streaming, your phone may be  

  • your best tool for protection, as you strip  away the anonymity of a would-be attacker and  

  • they realize that they'll be the prime suspect if  you go missing. Nothing turns off a serial killer  

  • like knowing that within days of the attackphoto of their face will be plastered on news  

  • bulletins across the country. Contrary to popular  belief, serial killers don't want to get caught,  

  • and go to great lengths to ensure they  remain out of law enforcement's cross hairs

  • Finally, as long as we're talking about  personal electronics and social media,  

  • if you're going to be going somewhere sketchy  or are getting seriously bad vibes from someone,  

  • share your location with a friend. They'll  be able to track you across most platforms  

  • and have up-to-date information if you go  missing. While a serial killer will likely  

  • make you toss your phone right awayeven knowing where you were last active  

  • can help police catch your killer  before you become his next victim.

  • Survival Tip 4- Cooperate

  • Survival Tip 4 may sound strange  considering that we just told you to fight-  

  • and you should absolutely fight any  and every chance you get. However,  

  • there may come a time when cooperation  is the better survival strategy.

  • Most serial killers find it easy to kill because  in their twisted minds, you are not truly human.  

  • Perhaps you remind them of a hated parent, or  you're of a certain demographic that the killer  

  • doesn't consider to be fully human. There can bemillion reasons why a serial killer targeted you,  

  • but the common theme amongst almost  all serial killers is that they  

  • don't see their victims as being as  fully human as they themselves are.

  • In a select number of cases, victims have  actually been let loose by their attacker  

  • after they humanized themselves to their would-be  killer. Making yourself a real person in the eyes  

  • of a killer can sometimes avoid getting killedand this means connecting emotionally with your  

  • attacker- not an easy feat to pull off if  you're terrified or your killer is insane.

  • A common tactic is to ask questions about the  killer's life, history, or family. You can  

  • explore hobbies, comment on current eventsor even just talk about tv shows or movies.  

  • If you can make a legitimate connection  by sharing in return parts of your life-  

  • like for instance the fact that you're  both huge Star Trek fans- the odds of  

  • you surviving a serial killer just went up  dramatically. The more of a real person you  

  • seem to your serial killer, the less odds  that they'll go through with the murder.

  • Though there's a fine line. Begging for  one's life or pleading by talking about  

  • the family who depends on you rarely worksand that's because begging behavior typically  

  • plays straight into the power fantasy that  has led a serial killer to attack you in  

  • the first place. You are not going to convinceserial killer to spare you by pointing out that  

  • you never really got a good look at their  face, or promising you won't tell anyone,  

  • or pleading that they spare you because your sick  grandma depends on you for support- instead you  

  • need to make real, honest emotional connectionsor at least do a really good job of faking them.

  • Survival Tip no. 5- Don't fit the stereotype

  • Our final survival tip is related to avoiding  an attack in the first place. Serial killers  

  • are almost always opportunistic predators- meaning  that it's very rare for them to seek out and kill  

  • prey that isn't already easy to track, isolateand kill. This means that people living on  

  • the fringes of mainstream culture are the most  vulnerable to being victim to a serial killer.

  • Serial killers like to go for the easiest, most  vulnerable, and most disposable prey- what some  

  • police authorities have labeledless deads”.  These are people on the fringes of society,  

  • such as the homeless, sex workers, drug  addicts, loners- people who when are found  

  • brutally murdered, are considered 'less  dead' than a normal, 9 to 5 office worker.  

  • It seems it isn't just serial killers who  have a problem with dehumanizing people.

  • What this means is avoiding a transient lifestyle  or associating with people in fringe cultures  

  • is going to seriously reduce the  odds you yourself are attacked.  

  • Backpacking solo across Europe may sound  like a dream trip, but it also is an open  

  • door invitation for any serial killer looking  for someone who if they went missing would be  

  • difficult to track down, and likely wouldn't  be reported as missing for a long time anyways.

  • Now go watch America's Most Evil  Serial Killer- John Wayne Gacy,  

  • or click this other video instead!

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