A tragic robbery-gone-wrong homicide in an Alabama nationwide forest final week, many marvel: Are off grid robbers hiding out on public lands?
We discuss at size about this unbelievable story out of the Talladega Nationwide Forest that claimed the lifetime of a 22-year-old school scholar who stopped to assist what he thought had been two ladies stranded within the wilderness when their automobile broke down.
It was a setup from the beginning and though police have the alleged perpetrators in custody, the case has many who boondock on public lands questioning if the various homeless encampments hidden within the woods all through the nation are additionally harboring harmful criminals.
You’ll be able to hear this story for your self in Episode 410 of the RV Podcast, through which we additionally report a grisly thriller has rangers at Yellowstone Nationwide Park questioning a couple of human foot – in a shoe – discovered floating in a harmful sizzling spring on the park.
Additionally this week, we preview of the upcoming Hershey RV Present – generally known as America’s Largest RV Present – with an interview with the present director. This can be a must-attended occasion in case you’re searching for a brand new RV. Plus, we reply your RV Life-style questions and share RV ideas.
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First, an RV Life-style Tip
From Bob H, who noticed final week’s article on 15 Pool Noodle Hacks for RVers.
Bob has a sixteenth tip: “I simply noticed your article on pool noodles, and also you missed one. I’ve been utilizing one for some time now within the microwave in my Thor Tellaro. I minimize one lengthy sufficient to place contained in the microwave and put strain between the roof of the microwave and glass turntable to maintain the turntable from bouncing misplaced whereas driving. Now I don’t should put the turntable again in place earlier than utilizing it at a campsite.
Robbers Hiding out on Public Lands
Probably the most sensational and disturbing story of the school scholar murdered in a nationwide forest final week was our major podcast matter.
The sufferer, driving via the forest together with his girlfriend on the best way to a hike, was flagged down by a few robbers – each ladies – posing as disabled motorists.
The long-time couple, each college students on the College of Central Florida, made an impulsive choice to go to the forest and had been driving on their approach for a hike once they had been flagged down by the ladies who stated they wanted assist getting their automobile began.
The couple stopped, and the younger man, 22, tried to help when one of many ladies he was attempting to assist pulled a gun on him and his 20-year-old girlfriend and began marching them via the woods to rob them. The 22-year-old had a gun additionally, and he shot the robber, who then shot and killed him.
Police discovered the wounded robber and her affiliate, and a 5-year-old boy, who was holding a shotgun when police arrived, and a hidden encampment deep within the woods a couple of half mile from the scene of the theft. To learn extra of the story, together with an interview with the younger girl who witnessed her boyfriend’s demise, click on here.
Jennifer and I mentioned this case at size. We each have very robust emotions. You’ll be able to pay attention your self within the podcast.
However the bigger and ongoing query many RVers who prefer to boondock on public lands are asking themselves is how secure is it on the market? A few years in the past, we had been warned by locals to steer clear of sure areas of the Ocala Nationwide Forest the place related long-term encampments are well-known.
And throughout the nation, officers have been closing off many areas due to issues attributable to those that keep over the traditional 21-day time restrict for dispersed tenting.
A Grisly Thriller in Yellowstone
A human foot in a shoe was found floating in Abyss Pool within the West Thumb Geyser Basin at Yellowstone Nationwide Park final week.
The ghastly discovery was made by a park worker. Whereas park officers have no idea whose foot it’s, they do imagine there could have been a demise in July on the pool. They don’t count on foul play.
The Abyss Pool within the southern a part of the park is without doubt one of the deepest, estimated to be 50 ft. Its temperature is 140 levels.
Yellowstone has many geysers and thermal areas (see our story here) with delicate floor areas making it essential for guests to remain on the boardwalks. To study extra concerning the foot discovery, click on here.
Earlier than July, the latest demise was in 2016, when a 23-year-old man walked off a boardwalk and fell into Norris Geyser Basin, the most popular thermal area within the park. In 2000, an individual died after falling right into a sizzling spring in Decrease Geyser Basin.
There even have been a minimum of eight individuals injured previously six years, together with a 3-year-old baby who in 2020 ran off a path, slipped and fell right into a thermal function. Final 12 months, a lady was burned from her shoulders to her ft after she entered Maiden’s Grave Spring to rescue her canine, who had jumped in.
Get Prepared for America’s Largest RV Present – Sept. 14-18 at Hershey, PA
Within the podcast this week, we interview Heather Leach, the manager director of the Pennsylvania Leisure Automobile and Tenting Affiliation, the present sponsor.
Greater than 1,300 new RVs will probably be on show this 12 months, she stated, from 40 totally different producers. She offers an entire rundown of the present, together with admission prices and present hours.
Full particulars on the present – which provides first-come, first-served dry tenting for attendees close by, could be discovered at https://www.largestrvshow.com/.
Mike & Jen’s Meet and Greet Schedule at Hershey
Search for us Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 2PM on the Battleborn Batteries show at Sales space 539-540.
And on Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17, we’ll be assembly of us at 10 AM on the Keystone RV show close to the 2023 Arcadia Fifth Wheels.
There could also be different occasions and places, too, and we’ll submit the ultimate schedule earlier than the present. We stay up for assembly everybody.
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