Before the Virginia Tech shooting this story might be dismissed by many as a man simply fantasizing about violence with the assumption that nobody would act out such a huge crime.
A Missouri man acquired whips, handcuffs, dog chains and a girl's tank top with "Princess" printed on it in a plot to kidnap, rape and kill two girls and kill 12 others, police said Wednesday.
Investigators searching the apartment of Randy L. Rust found detailed notes on the supplies he needed to abuse and kill the girls, ages 4 and 9, and kill the others, according to court documents.
I'm so glad this is a case of someone being arrested for plotting a crime like this rather than being arrested for committing a crime like this. One of the people on the list to be killed is the man's ex-wife and supposedly the notes were either therapy or creative fiction.
People do commit horrific crimes and we need to respond to all plans in order to stop potential crimes and to make it clear that making plans or threats is a serious issue and not something to be shrugged off as harmless.
Thank you to the woman who discovered the alleged plot for going to the police and thank you to all those in law enforcement who worked on this case and who took this threat seriously.