A College Student Was Killed by a Man Whose Catcalls She Tried to Ignore, Prosecutors Say

When I was younger this very situation was one of my greatest fears.  The Catch 22 of dealing with cat-callers.  Outside of shooting them, there really isn’t a good way to handle them that isn’t degrading to the woman being abused by the cat callers.  I’d be all for criminalizing that sort of behavior and throwing the bastards who do this shit in jail.

Cat callers are all bullies and thugs.  Most are incels who don’t know how to talk to women in a manner that might lead to a relationship.

From The New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/us/chicago-college-student-killed-catcall.html

Ruth George’s attacker grew angry, prosecutors said, when she ignored his remarks. “She was just trying to go home,” a fellow college student said.

Nov. 27, 2019

CHICAGO — The young college student was walking to her car. The man catcalled her. She ignored him.

What happened next could have been lifted from any woman’s most vivid nightmare: The man, Donald Thurman, followed the 19-year-old student, Ruth George, as she entered a parking garage, prosecutors said on Tuesday. He followed her from behind and put her in a chokehold, they said.

“The defendant was angry that he was being ignored,” prosecutors said in a statement.

Ms. George’s family became worried when she did not return home on Friday night, and on Saturday morning, the police tracked the pings of her cellphone to the parking garage, where her body was discovered, face down in the back seat of her car.

Mr. Thurman, 26, was identified by the police from surveillance video at the scene, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. They arrested him when he was spotted again in the area on Sunday; he was charged with first-degree murder and criminal sexual assault.

Mr. Thurman’s lawyer, a public defender, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Mr. Thurman had previously been convicted of armed robbery and was released on parole in 2018 after serving two years for the crime.

On Friday evening, Ms. George, a sophomore honors student from Naperville, Ill., had attended an event for her professional fraternity and had taken an Uber back to the parking garage on the city’s Near West Side to pick up her car. She was planning to become a physical therapist.

“She was the light of our family and the best of all of us,” her sister, Esther George, wrote on Facebook.

On Tuesday evening, the three-story parking garage where she was killed was being monitored by a security guard in a fluorescent vest. Two students huddled under a bus shelter nearby, avoiding a drizzly rain falling on campus.

“We were just talking about what happened,” said Maryann Tharian, 20, a junior. “We’ve all had experiences being catcalled. We’d do the same thing Ruth did. Ignore them and keep walking. It’s just terrifying.”

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One Response to “A College Student Was Killed by a Man Whose Catcalls She Tried to Ignore, Prosecutors Say”

  1. quenyar Says:

    Oh, I don’t know, I rather like the response Adult Wednesday has to her cat callers.

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