Earlier this month I explained the things I lived through that made 2008 such a catastrophic year for me. Included was the shock of discovering someone I played volleyball with (and saw on a weekly basis and joked around with) was arrested for being the Wooded Rapist, a serial rapist who had stalked Nashville women for 14 years.
I KNOW THAT MONSTER –ER, I MEAN “GUY”!
His name is Jason Burdick. (Well, his full name is Robert Jason Burdick, but I knew him as Jason.)
Today I revisited the shock I had over a year ago when I first saw his face on the news. I was watching Today this morning when Ann Coury explained an upcoming story they would cover later in the hour about a serial rapist who had targeted women in affluent neighborhoods. Since he had been arrested a year ago, I never thought it would be about Jason.
FROM LOCAL TO NATIONAL
But then there was a clip of him in his jail jumpsuit being led into court. And then there were two women he had attacked with a backdrop of downtown Nashville behind them who would be interviewed. I had to get going so I did not get a chance to watch. But I called my husband and told him.
Wayne figured out that the story was bigger than Today: Dateline was doing a whole show on it!
It aired tonight and was called “Through the Pouring Rain.” Crazy! We watch Dateline all the time, but we never expected to know anyone on it. Much less “the bad guy!”
It is just really creepy and surreal to know someone now deemed (and justifiably so) as a “monster.”
Monsters are supposed to lurk under beds, in closets, and…well, yes even in the woods. He certainly fit those bills, but…he certainly did not look like a monster. No fangs. Not big and hairy. No wings or red, glowing demon eyes. He just looked…normal.
But as it turned out, he was far from normal. In his chest beat the heart of a monster, and flowing through his veins was monster blood.
Do not judge a book by its cover. Those who may look like monsters may in fact have the heart of angels…and vice versa.
LINKS AND SUCH
Here is a link to the transcript of the show if you are curious and did not get to see it. Below is an interview with one of his victims that aired on Dateline.