Something new! The abductor fidgeted with the surveillance camera when he took Samantha Koenig from the Common Grounds coffee shack. He did not show his face to the camera. This tells us something about the perpetrator, who may have planned out ahead of time what he was about to do. Robbery is an unlikely motive. Kidnapping is. Detectives have some good leads, it’s been reported (The Anchorage Daily News).
Where these leads are going to, has not yet been disclosed. The abduction occurred two weeks to the day, on February 1st, which was also a Wednesday. News coverage of Samantha Koenig mystifying case has been ubiquitous and thorough, and yet we haven’t really learned too much more. A preponderance of fear in the community is the feeling I gather when reading over these very good stories.
Especially helpful, is an article written by Julia O’Malley for The News Tribune entitled: Abduction makes baristas’ vulnerability real. Samantha Koenig’s abduction has been a wake-up call for these small coffee stands or sometimes they’re simply carts. We have lots of these sort of quickie java set-ups ourselves, here in Austin. Yet I never considered the vulnerability that these baristas (which are very often young women) experience, exposed to a wide array of characters, some of which may not be so nice.
My observations of the Common Grounds specifically, from TV footage, is that it looks more isolated than you might suspect. I know it’s on a thorough-fare, but in my image (which I give you), the coffee shack is blanketed with snow and the mountains in the background render it a distant dot on the horizon of a vast, open Alaskan territory. Perhaps, when it hasn’t been snowing it appears to be more in the hub hub of civilization, yet it snowed profusely the day after Samantha disappeared.
The argument for its noticeable isolation may be a vapid one, since it’s only projected from photographs and camcorder footage seen on the internet. And yet (in my defense) the abductor, whoever he may be, observed an opportunity to commit his crime from seeing that no one was around the small coffee stand. There was nobody around and he took advantage of it. Common Grounds was isolated enough, you might sense.
Did Samantha know her abductor? I believe she did, if only as an occasional customer, who had dropped by but a few times. I don’t believe he was someone Samantha knew with any great level of familiarity, such as a friend from school or someone she had been dating. This is just a hunch on my part. I believe this sicko (whoever he is) met Samantha when visiting the coffee shack, then planned out what he would do, based on the opportunity he observed from the logistics of the location.
It sounds as if I’m stepping on the gas of the fear factor. Maybe I am, but this sketch of what I think happened and my insight into the thinking of the perpetrator is likely what Anchorage detectives are mulling over also, as well as many Anchorage citizens from the community, who have taken an interest in Samantha Koenig’s case, since there are so many of these makeshift coffee shacks dotting the landscape.
The Common Grounds didn’t do anything wrong. It’s been reported they had a sound security system. What we have here is the real problem. It’s a new type of predator that is rarely seen. He’ll stop at nothing to pull off his crime. Is this particular predator a repeat offender? Is he a serial offender? Maybe not. These urchins emerge out of nowhere these days. Living in our present culture is wrought with peril. Some don’t handle all the stress of life too well. They turn into criminals.
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