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Will The Texas Beach Camping Murders Change How You Camp?

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#1 Christian Dakoona

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:26 AM

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This thread is about safe camping spots (free or not). Not about defensive weapons or artillery. On your camping trips have you had a bad experience or heard about a bad location that all your other camper friends should know about ?

The last time we were exploring around Corpus, Padre Island, etc.; we had noticed those nice stretches of white sand beaches, and thought it could be a nice spot for some Casita camping. My wife is now saying "No More". :unsure:

#2 J and J

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 10:14 AM



I have slept in sleeping bags on the ground in bear country, on ocean beaches, at highway rest stops, on the top of loaded trucks in Congo, we have tent camped with our family, and for the past 7 years it has been just the two of us in our Casita. Never have we felt unsafe and we take zero extra self protection precautions. Be smart. Don't worry. Go camping. 



Edited by J and J, 18 November 2019 - 10:21 AM.

#3 Jerrybob

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 10:24 AM

It won't affect my camping but....being aware.....thinking safety.....being smart......seems to be a good practice these days.  Don't think I would isolate myself like that today and I do have protection.  I remember many many years ago....being 21.....a buddy and I hitched hiked the East coast for a few months....we slept in sleeping bags under bridges and along highways....had some great times...met some intereting people but.....I wouldn't recommend that trip today for anyone.....times have changed.  Be safe and smart out there!       

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#4 Carol Christensen

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 05:05 PM

We have been campers since the '70s (first in tents, then Casita) and never had a bad experience but we have packed up and left when we've felt uneasy about a place or the people.  There have been a few times when we've arrived at a rather remote campground and after seeing the other campers, have just moved on to someplace else.  It hasn't happened often, but if I feel uncomfortable about the "neighbors" we don't stay.


I think I learned my lesson in the early 70s.  Right after we first started tent camping, the Sickle Axe Murderer attacked some campers in California, killing two.  That certainly scared me for quite a long time but we kept camping, always in campgrounds --- not parked all alone.  And I'm feeling much more secure in the Casita.  Still careful after all these years.

Edited by Carol Christensen, 19 November 2019 - 03:58 PM.

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 06:36 PM

In NF, BLM or CofE campgrounds I've made it a habit to ensure there is a camp host on duty.  I always assume he is in contact with law enforcement by phone or sometimes radio. I am not a fan of being the only one in an isolated locale. Just for my peace of mind.



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Posted 20 November 2019 - 08:28 AM

I'm like Carol...if my gut says, "Something's not right here," I listen to her and leave. There's a very interesting book titled "The Gift of Fear",  by Gavin De Becker. In it, he describes why we should listen to our intuition rather than try and be polite. Women, especially, have been cultured to not give offense, so we so often are victims of a crime because, in many cases, we don't want to offend that guy who has been following us as we walk down a street.


I was in a laundromat doing laundry, many years ago, and was nervous. It was not a bad part of town, but...it was a dicey area anyway. As I pulled up, a couple of punks came out of the laundry without laundry, got into a beater and left. There was a man inside, doing his laundry, as well. His car, out in the parking lot, had a military gate entrance sticker on the windshield, so I knew he was military. We struck up a conversation..he was retired Air Force and had then gone into the police force.


He told me that when he got into the luandry, the punks ran off..they'd been trying to break into the change machine and he'd identified himself as a police officer when he realized what they were up to. He told me that the best thing for a woman in a situation like that  to boldly ask the bad guy "what are you doing!", "in your best grandmama's voice' unquote and to always carry yourself 'as if you can kick their ass up between their ears. Never let them think you're afraid of them."


That advice has carried me through some situations....but I'm also the first one to turn around and leave if my gut says, no, this isn't a good place.


Although, these days, it seems like the punks have no problem with just shooting you.

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 07:27 AM

That couple were victims of a car/rv carjacking, killed and taken there.  It wasn't like the murder happened at that location.


Now if you have a way to prevent carjacking.......................


People used to ask me if I carried a gun when I drove to work.  I answered "NO", I'd run out of bullets before I got there.

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