What's really troubling is realizing this is just one rapist of many out there, and how much effort it took to catch him. What if this had been a white man or Asian man who only preyed on black women? Would we have heard the end of it from people like Al Sharpton, or Jesse Jackson? While rape is bad enough, cross race rapes carry an even greater emotional harm, and sometimes social stigma, to it's victims.
The detective was struck by something else. His suspect was entirely collected. Cool and calm, entering the elevator with the woman, exiting with the suitcase, pulling it behind him out to the parking lot, then strolling back less than an hour later. Brennan had been a cop. He had seen ordinary men caught up in the aftermath of a violent crime. They were beside themselves. Shaking. Panicky. If a man rapes and beats a woman to the point where he thinks she?s dead, and then hauls the body out to dump it in the weeds, does he come strolling back into the same hotel as if nothing happened? An ordinary attacker would have been two states away by noon.
What this man?s demeanor suggested to Brennan was chilling.
He?s good at this.
He?s done this before.
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