I live in a fairly small town, and the area i live in is mostly rural. None of the cities are over 100,000 in population and most are 5 - 20 miles apart. When several big things have happened here, I never said “I can"t believe that happened here!” For instance some shocking things that have happened here:
Last year a twelve year old girl was abducted, and murdered. The FBI didnt find her body until months after she was taken (you might have heard of the case, the girl was Christina Willams)
Also last year another twelve year old girl was stabbed to death by her neighbor.He was in the process of robbing the girls house when the girl found him.
There have been several jewelry heists here
Numerous gang shootings in the area
Two women were shot by a loony psychotic 17 year old boy who was a part of a gang. His accomplice was someone who i had met through a friend many years ago. Supposedly they laughed after doing their deeds.
A respected highschool counselor i think strangled his wife and hid her body in the trunk of his car, while he tried to find a place to dump her body.
Now, most of these things would shock people in small towns and rural areas.With all of those things, i just never think that anything is too shocking to happen here. Now, i do understand why others may say that. If you live in a place that has gone many years without any major crimes, you do expect things to stay as they are. When things change like that, its such a shock that people are baffled as to why it would happen all of a sudden.