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October 30, 2007 - 3:11 pm

This a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21546336/?GT1=10450″story is troubling/a:br /br /blockquoteMINNEAPOLIS – A 19-year-old man suspected of killing a woman who answered an online ad for a baby sitter was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.br /br /Michael John Anderson is accused of shooting Katherine Ann Olson in the back at his home in suburban Savage, according to the criminal complaint filed in Scott County District Court./blockquotebr /br /Sadly, the victim a href=”http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/ap/index.cfm?page=viewid=D8SJPE080″sensed that something was wrong /awith a woman named “Amy” who asked her to babysit but she didn’t rely on her built-in intuition:br /br /blockquoteThis ad was posted by someone claiming to be “Amy.” Olson’s roommate, Matt Thiede, told police that Olson had talked with “Amy” over the phone and commented that “the woman seemed kind of strange.”br /br /Olson and “Amy” exchanged e-mails, and in one message, “Amy” asked Olson to baby-sit a child between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday. The address and phone number provided to Olson matched Anderson’s address and cell phone number, authorities said./blockquotebr /br /If you talk to a stranger on the phone about setting up a job or other business exchange etc., it is always best to meet them in a public place, not a home and if the person sounds strange, don’t go or at least bring a friend to a restaurant or open area with other people. Gavin de Becker, the author of a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0440226198?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0440226198″The Gift of Fear/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0440226198″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / says “victims of violent behavior usually feel a sense of fear before any threat or violence takes place. They may distrust the fear, or it may impel them to some action that saves their lives.” br /br /Good advice.

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