I keep waiting for someone from CSI or Criminal Minds to pop up and yell ‘CUT!’ and all this news to turn out to be nothing more than the filming of an episode. It’s so surreal, and so heartbreaking.


For those of you who didn’t see my last post about the investigation in the disappearance of a local woman, basically a woman went missing in town with major foul play.


Orangeville isn’t really estranged to murder. From the guy who carried his wife’s head in the back of his motorcycle to the murder suicide last year, and the several in between, as heartbreaking as it is, a murder isn’t that unusual.


To finalize the post from two days ago, they identified the body yesterday as Sonia’s, and broke the news to the family.


What marks this [now a] murder investigation abnormal is that the whodunnit is unknown. The whole set up of the situation is just like something off an episode of a crime show. With the majority of the past ones in town, the situation has generally been clear cut. The murderer was pretty much known off the bat.


But this? This is more than horrifying and heartbreak, it’s about twenty times as scary. The police have said that it would have been someone Sonia knew based on the evidence thus far. You know what that means? We have an unknown killer loose in town. An unknown killer in a town of around 30,000 people. Walking around while children are heading back to school. While we’re living our lives.


In a town this small, it wouldn’t be that surprising if a good chunk of the population has run into the murderer since then.


That scares the living daylights out of me.


I do my best to put on my usual front. Nothing about wandering around town in the middle of the night has ever frightened me. Heck, I walked downtown NYC at night by myself without batting an eyelash. But now, I’m actually kind of scared.


I know that fear is moot. This person most likely isn’t going to randomly attack and kill a stranger.


But what scares me the most is it just proves further you never really know people or what they’re capable of. And with the amount of murders we have had over the years in this town, it really does make me question just how many of the people I encounter each day could potentially be whackjobs about to go off the hinge.


I hope the police are able to figure this out quickly. Solve it, and find some semblance of something for the family. Take the fear back out of the community.


  1. DateMeDC

    Yes, it's scary, and it makes you think twice. But for the one random murderer out there, there are hundreds, thousands, of people who will walk past you in a dark alley and leave you well alone. You can't let yourself succumb to the fear. We all can't, or else no one would be able to get out of bed in the morning. A lot of times these stories are sensationalized because they make good headlines — when it bleeds it leads and all that. But they're really not as common as you think they are.

  2. Jennifer

    I'm sorry all of this is happening. I wish it weren't… But I guess we can all wish and pretend reality isn't what it is…

    But things will get better. There are people trained for this reason. It will happen, I believe it.

    To live with an unknown fear is no life at all, though. You must walk with the confidence that someone (God) is there, protecting you, and that everything happens for a reason. If you will with that guiding Light and a bit of hope things will get better and you will be safer and happier.

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