I've lost count of the number of times I've warned people not to pick up hitchhikers, due to the danger of crime. An Oklahoma woman has just found out the hard way how great a danger that is - but she'll never learn from the experience.
Caylee Massey and a man were traveling overnight from Oklahoma City about 90 miles across state to Canton when they reportedly picked up a man looking for a ride, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations.
The man hitched a ride with pair in Oklahoma City and about two miles east of Canton, he fatally shot Massey, who was also a passenger in the car, before fleeing, police said.
The driver rushed to the Canton Police Department to get help, but it was too late and Massey could not be saved.
There's more at the link.
Given the number of mentally unstable people, drug addicts, and just plain criminals out there, why on earth would anyone in their right minds subject themselves and their loved ones to that sort of risk by giving a ride to a complete stranger? I can understand being a 'good Samaritan' under certain circumstances, but then, I'd be armed. In most cases, there's just no way.