It's nice to imagine that your chances of ever running into a serial killer are pretty slim, right?
I for one, take a very blazé attitude to that kind of thing, always shrugging off my parents' concern about me walking home alone at night with an "it won't ever happen to me" type of response... I'm an idiot, I know.
Anyway, one woman has shared her spectacular story about how she met the notorious serial killer, Andrew Cunanan, when she was just a child.
Jamilah King shared her spooky tale with a lengthy Twitter thread, which detailed how she had interacted with the killer shortly before his suicide back in 1997.
And, needless to say, her brush with death is seriously creepy.
Andrew Cunanan was one of our countries most wanted serial killers.
via: BiographySpanning over 3 months in 1997, Cunanan rampaged across the country and murdered a total of 5 people. The Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace, is his most famous victim.
He had become a San Fransisco local.
via: ShutterstockThough he was a San Diego native, he settled in San Francisco’s Castro district and socialized with older, wealthy gay men while indulging in a lavish lifestyle of drugs and alcohol.
But he became a notoriously dangerous man...
via: GettyCunanan's first 2 kills were in Minnesota; one was a friend and the other an ex-boyfriend. According to Vanity Fair, Cunanan's relationships with these men had soured in the weeks and months leading up to the murders, which may explain why he ended up murdering the pair.
Though he became more famous after his final kill...
via: GettyOver the years, Cunanan had developed somewhat of an obsession with Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace. In Miami, Florida, in July 1997, Cunanan shot the designer twice outside of his home. Andrew had already been hunted for his last 4 murders, and this high-profile kill only spurred the police to catch him even more.
He committed suicide shortly after.
via: GettyOn July 23, 1997, less than two weeks after shooting Versace, Andrew Cunanan's body was found in a houseboat off Miami Beach. He’d shot himself in the head with the same gun that he used to take the lives of 3 of his victims, including Versace. His motives for the murders were never uncovered.
And one woman is claiming to have encountered the mass murderer...
Me, an intellectual: https://t.co/drhZtaxtoI— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1560277599.0
The story starts here...
Hi. I have a story to tell about meeting a serial killer. It's nuts. But it's true. So here goes.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516292369.0
The encounter apparently took place in the Spring of 1997.
via: TwitterJamilah was only in sixth grade, which would have made her either eleven or twelve years old.
For a little bit of context...
Also this is me at roughly the age in question, on the far left: https://t.co/cF6j6mZzy3— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516375314.0
She would frequently play basketball after school.
Every day after school, I'd go to the park by my house, the Panhandle, to play basketball.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516292469.0
One day, she found the park to be empty.
One day after school, the park was more empty than usual. I usually practiced on the half courts. But the full cour… https://t.co/nGX3T082dP— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516292548.0
This is when things get dark.
So I'm there, doing my best MJ impression. And then I notice this guy who's watching me.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516292630.0
There was a mysterious man watching her from the sidelines.
He's older than me, an adult, but still pretty young. He's wearing a long dark green coat. He's standing on the sid… https://t.co/RU8h9M7DSk— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516292688.0
It wasn't uncommon to encounter slightly odd people in the park.
I tried to just ignore him. If you know the Panhandle in SF, you know that there are always characters lurking arou… https://t.co/dG3hVc1jn3— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516292752.0
However, the man soon approached her.
But dude keeps staring. Soon, he walks from the sideline and stands beneath the basket. Now, I'm annoyed. But when… https://t.co/IOzV02mQD7— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516292849.0
This is when Jamilah knew that things were getting weird.
But I'm not an idiot. So I start to gather my things to leave.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516292895.0
However, the man stopped her.
Then he stops me. "Hey, you're really good," he says. I mutter a thank you and walk toward my bike, which is on the ground a few feet away.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516292948.0
He continued talking to her while she went to get her bike.
Then he calls toward me, "You should keep practicing." I'm almost at my bike and fo some reason I'd turned around.… https://t.co/1cF2IG8Pt1— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293031.0
He offered her money.
And then he's like, "here's a dollar."— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293052.0
Jamilah knew all about stranger-danger.
Now, 11-year-old me knows better than to take anything from a stranger.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293080.0
A dollar can go a long way when you're a kid.
But a dollar is also real American currency, enough to buy two Baby Ruths.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293117.0
She faced a dilemma...
Should I ignore the dude and go on about my business?— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293135.0
She figured that the chances of her being murdered were pretty slim.
I mean, every adult has always told me my whole life that taking things from a stranger is dangerous because that p… https://t.co/0HRkPu4M9Q— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293185.0
And sugary sweets are very important when you're a kid.
But also sugar is a thing that I like, and a dollar would allow me to buy said sugar.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293215.0
Jamilah weighed up her options...
But there are two major streets on either side of the park, Fell on one side, Oak on the other. If he tries somethi… https://t.co/MLAYnx27Bk— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293286.0
She took her chances.
Anyway, I run up and take the dollar from the dude, barely looking at him. And then I hop on my bike and speed away.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293319.0
Content with her Baby Ruths, Jamilah thought nothing more of the incident...
I don't think much of it until months later, when I see that there's a manhunt for some guy who's going on this cross-country murder spree.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293352.0
And she finally realized the magnitude of her encounter.
And then on the news, there's his mugshot. It's the same guy who gave me a dollar. His name is Andrew Cunanan.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293395.0
The news left her shaken.
So now I'm freaking out. And I do what all 11-year-old's do in cases of emergencies: I tell my friends.— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293428.0
Because it is a pretty cool story...
I remember being in the yard at Roosevelt Middle School, and telling the homies: "yooooo! i met that serial killer… https://t.co/QQVCcgNWW6— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293478.0
Though no one believed Jamilah's extravagant tale.
To this day, they still think I'm making this shit up. When I heard about the new Versace movie, I texted one of my… https://t.co/S4gxUgYpFR— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293572.0
And to this day, her best friend still doesn't believe her.
Her response: https://t.co/I9uRjpUC4R— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293824.0
The moral of her story?
So anyway, I guess the moral of the story is this: believe your friends when they tell you crazy shit happens or el… https://t.co/jEXr1MvXKK— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293867.0
Despite getting free candy out of her encounter...
Oh, and also: I think I did buy that Baby Ruth and it was probably delicious because Baby Ruth's always are and I a… https://t.co/1HAJDVsqpt— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516293967.0
Though people seemed more concerned about a different detail in the story...
Somehow, there seems to be a debate over a crucial detail in this story. So I present you with this totally unbiased poll:— Jamilah King (@Jamilah King)1516300805.0
Twitter users relished in Jamilah's tale.
@jamilahking I’m shook, I love this. Not fascinated by crime and murder, but just thinking about what has to go thr… https://t.co/rCfhboZILX— hrod (@hrod)1516326886.0
It seems as though meeting serial killers is more common than you'd think...Because hundreds of people on Twitter responded to Jamilah's thread with their own chilling encounters.
Twitter users replied with their own chilling tales.
@MichaelG398 @jamilahking @ClaraJeffery My former boss thumbed a ride in the 60s here in Southern California from s… https://t.co/lZMbNqnqFj— A. Buss 🇺🇸 (@A. Buss 🇺🇸)1516329108.0
One woman even dated a serial killer...
@jamilahking I once dated a man who later (17 yrs later) became a murderer. When the story was reported on the news… https://t.co/qYBtVK7vu4— Ralph the Wonder Llama says WEAR A DAMN MASK! 📷😺 (@Ralph the Wonder Llama says WEAR A DAMN MASK! 📷😺)1516307552.0