How To Survive A Chicago Summer

Chicago police officers investigate a crime scene where 7-year-old Amari Brown was shot and killed in Chicago

If you’ve read my book STALKED! By Voices, you know that I made numerous attempts at getting the Maywood Police to help me rid myself of the individuals who were, and still are, actively stalking me.    That was to no avail, however.

And when I was smart enough to realize that The Maywood Police were not about to help me, I turned to lawyers, Luther Franklin Spence and Cochran, Montgomery & Cherry.   That also did not work.

So, then I turned to the Illinois State Police.  That led to the Illinois State Police coming in and trying to figure out what the hell the Police and Village were up to, which only led to several drug arrests and a reshuffling of Village responsibilities, but the stalkers remained.

Finally, I called the local chapter of the FBI.  The agent who answered my call, informed me that he couldn’t start a case for me until he heard from my local Police.  I told him what was happening or rather not happening there and he was quiet on the phone for a while and then he said, “Well, I still can’t do anything about the stalking, but I can give you some tips on staying alive until I hear from the local cops.

With summer in Chicago fast approaching, I’d like to share with you some of his advice.

First, don’t have regular set times when you come and go.  (This is one of the hardest to keep).  Vary your times and entrance points to your house or apartment.

When you’ve been out of your house for some hours, be very careful about re=entering the apartment.  Make sure you turn on some lights and make sure you are alone before you lock the door.    But never, never, never, never, enter the apartment and leave your door unlocked.

And if you have stalkers, like I do, make sure you clean your toothbrushes before you use them (it only takes one time to forget this rule and you’ll never forget it again.  The pain in your gut will feel like you’re being ripped apart).

Don’t leave half-filled bottles of wine or pop in your fridge and come home and drink it.  (Same thing as above or worse).

When you’re driving, stay aware of what cars are around you.  Don’t get overly distracted by the radio or who’s in the car with you.

Don’t pull up to close to the car in front of you.   Leave some space.  This will give you some room to maneuver.

Don’t pull up window to window with the car in the next lane or let them pull up window to window with you.   If the other car does pulls up window to window, either move forward a little or back a little (provided the car in back of you is not on your bumper).

Just before you reach your destination, double check your rear view mirror and make sure you’re not being followed.  If you think you are, circle the block and come back around.

Also, if you can, safely, call the person you’re visiting and let them know you are almost to their house, so they can put a light on outside.

Now, when you are out partying this summer in the clubs KEEP YOUR OPINIONS YOURSELF about other people’s clothes, hair, looks, boyfriends, or girlfriends.

Don’t try and hijack another person’s date, even if they’re willing to go with you.  Better to leave that to another time and place.

When you are leaving the Club, don’t stand around outside talking, laughing, and joking.   Get in your cars and LEAVE.   I can’t stress this one enough.

Now, the following is not from the FBI, but some common sense things I’ve learned over the years.

If you are caught in cross fire, don’t run, unless you’re being chased.  Instead, fall on the ground where you are.

It’s cooler in the dark.  Don’t have every light on in your apartment. You’re safer when people (on the outside) can’t tell where you are in the house or the apartment.

And be aware, that they will listen for the sound of the TV.  So, if you live in a high crime area and you want to watch TV, make yourself a pallet on the floor or don’t put your chair opposite the windows.

And for God’s sake, stop taking young kids to the park after midnight.  They won’t understand what to do when the bullets start flying and they can’t run as fast as you to keep up.

And don’t forget, Stranger Danger

One last point, if you are out an about and in the background of your day or afternoon, you’re constantly hearing the wail of emergency sirens, go home.  It’s the sound of a dangerous night.


A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
STALKED! By Voices
Ruby Sanders
Jared Anderson
OneThreeThirteen – Master Of The Day Of Judgment
Dancing With The Fat Woman




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