Did Meridith Emmerson's heart kill her?

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When I read this, things flashed back in my mind. Being older, I've also gone hiking alone, realized too late, it was deadly, but lived to tell the tale.

What happened? She was strong, use to the woods, had a good mind...?

Meridith had a good heart and good soul from what I've read.

I think her big heart killed her. All too often, good, smart people want to help everyone else. This is good, wonderfull things happen and everyone walks away with something that changes their life forever. The one who reached out, and the one that was touched, are forever changed over a small act of kindness.

I think what happened to Meridith was
a big soul who's heart was so big it clouded her judgement, and she reached out with that big heart as she had so many times, and helped so many, this time she failed...this time someone used that trust to kill her. But, if you think about it, she was a wonderful person to the end who must have touched so many with that trust. People will miss her, but she died, extending trust to a stranger, maybe that is how she would have wanted it.

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Submitted by smartypants on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 4:09pm.

Suggarfoot you are right when you say Meredith's heart killed her. Her heart and her love for animals and her ability to never meet a stranger. She is a beautiful soul that lived life to the fullest. I did not know her well other than seeing her interact with her boyfriend, Steve, and we both worked around the Arena. I have come to know her better through all of her friends most especially through the memorial service yesterday. It was a beautiful service that was standing room only. Many people that had never met Meredith came to offer their love and support to the Emerson Family, Steve and Julia. (Meredith's roomate) The most important thought that I walked away with after the service is that Meredith's heart and soul will always live on. She saved many hikers through her death and the capture of an evil man. I spoke with the Dawson County Solicitor's at length yesterday and the one goal that they have is maintaining every shred of evidence for the prosecution of Hilton in other states. He can still recieve the death sentence if convicted in Florida or North Carolina. I regress though because I do not want to talk of the evil where there is a special in place in hell but, the beauty that is in heaven.
There will be many UGA scholarships that are set-up Meredith's name. I have suggested to Steve that we petition to ask the appropriate Senate members to have the trail Meredith was taken to be named in her name. This would be a two fold reason: The trail goes upward toward heaven to where Meredith sits watching the world and it was one of her favorite places to take Ella,her dog, to think and she and Steve ran there most days in the spring and summer.
Please always be aware of your surroundings. If you are a female do not just take self defense classes but prepare yourself for what used to seem impossible. The world is not as friendly as it used to be. If you learn from what happen to Meredith than her death was not in vain.

Submitted by skyspy on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 8:55am.

This is so sad, but no doubt her big heart did kill her.

There is no way to make sense of this random act of violence.

If we all stop committing random acts of kindness what will happen to the world??

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Submitted by TonyF on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 7:41am.

this tragedy should have touched us all. I have a daughter too, and when younger, she put herself in some bad situations and thankfully no harm came to her. I feel for the Emmerson family and my deepest sympathy goes out for them and anyone else in this situation that we may have not heard of.
That brings me to my point: if Meredith had been 5'5", 200 lbs., pimpled and unattractive, would her pictures have been plastered all over the networks and papers as they have been? Or would her story have just been a two line column, in a middle section?
All too often, it seems, we only want to know (according to the media) about the plight of the beautiful people. Makes me go; Hmmmm.
May God bless and keep the Emmersons.

O wad some Power the giftie gie us,To see oursels as ithers see us!
(R. Burns)
If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.
(E. M. Cioran)

Submitted by sageadvice on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 8:08am.

Debra LaFavre draws even more publicity.
All 15 year old boys want to see that!
You don't see ugly people starring with Matt Damon, either.
It is natural and normal.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 12:09am.

That's really a shame, to think that we can't befriend someone out of kindness, or we'll end up slaughtered on a hiking trail. I think this tragic episode has caused us all to reevaluate how we must proceed cautiously in all areas of our lives, and this is a wise thing, I believe. And something we need to also instill in our loved ones and children - the need for caution and instinct.

My profession requires that I interact on a daily basis, with strangers, and I have had to reevaluate how I do business recently. I've cancelled a few appointments in the past few days, just because it has not 'felt right.' And I think of the situations I have put myself in, with strangers, in the recent past, and I must have been insane.

Maybe we can learn, from Meredith, that we need to live with more caution, and not have such big hearts and open arms. Sad but true.

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Submitted by muddle on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 6:50am.

Didn't you indicate elsewhere that you are a realtor?

I can readily imagine how showing an empty home to the wrong person could be disastrous. Are there published policies in your profession regarding such concerns?

Back to Meredith Emerson, though, while cases such as this one always highlight for us the grim possibilities and make us think more carefully about safety, it is also good to remind ourselves that such things remain exceedingly rare--rare enough to make national and international news. This case should no more keep us off of the hiking trails (in the company of a friend, pehaps) than news that a plane has gone down somewhere should keep us from flying.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 11:19am.

Yes, I work in the real estate industry and try to work only by referral now and close to home. Last year in particular, I worked primarily in Atlanta, and did very well, however, I interacted with some shady characters, and yes, having to meet many strangers in vacant homes. One home in particular, on Cascade road in S. Fulton that I was managing for a client in Calif., drew a multitude of unsavory folks and I remember bringing my dog to a showing there once, just because the individual seemed suspicious.

However in this business, even though I know my clients, some who are investors, we'll go to parts of Atlanta that are very crime ridden and dangerous. We were stopped once by a homeless man, before we entered a foreclosed property, who told us not to enter the home because the owner had died in the property and she was infected with TB. Sure enough, there was a warning sign posted on the door by the Health Dept., to stay out. My client, however, would have wanted to go in, if that man had not warned us. That was just back in October and this episode, plus Meredith's murder, has caused me to rethink my career!

I love what I do, however, I have been feeling very uneasy lately, about meeting strangers and getting in cars with them to show property. Plus, I receive many inquiries from strangers, on my website as well. These situations make me want to go back into the corporate world and have a desk job again!

I'll be working by referral and in Fayette County, until I reevaluate things. I do not like working in a profession, if I constantly have an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach, which I have now. In the meantime, let me know if you need any assistance with your home! Smiling

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Submitted by muddle on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 11:46am.


Dollar will think you are trying to do business here.

Is there much hope for a turnaround in the market in the next year or so? Are houses of significantly (say, 10% or more) reduced prices moving? As I indicated in that other post that you saw, once I am ready to sell here and buy in Newnan, I'm open to the reasoning that it all levels out if I can make a good deal on the purchase. I'll be looking specifically at some of the Victorians in Newnan's downtown district, and I know of several that already have been on the market for a long time. (My favorite seems no longer to be listed: right on the corner of College and Wesley.)

My wife and I--when we were younger and more energetic--bought a Victorian fixer-upper in Northfield, MN and spent five years renovating it.

The day I took possession, the first thing I did was rip up the wall-to-wall carpet in anticipation of hardwoods beneath. I was stunned to discover maples, birdseye maples, walnuts and oaks arranged in a "picture frame" pattern! Once I sanded and refinished those floors, they were stunning. We spent years with every little scraping tool we could find, removing decades of paint from the oak trim. We scraped off multiple layers of wallpaper on every wall and all of the ceilings, and then restored the horse hair plaster walls. Generally, we just knocked ourselves out on the place.

When we were finally ready to sell to move here, the realtor walked in for the first time and said, "This house shines!."

We had an open house during which we played Benny Goodman 78 rpms on my antique Victrola. Visitors flipped out over the place. We sold it in under three weeks.

I want another Victorian. But now I'm tired and want to buy one that has already been renovated!

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Submitted by Main Stream on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 12:14pm.

I don’t believe that the market will turnaround until 2009, however, there are buyers out there who need to buy a home, even in a down market. If a home is priced well, in good condition, and offers something special to a buyer (i.e. land, pool), then it will sell. It astounds me, however, that some in this industry continue to price properties above what the market, and buyers, will pay and homes are just sitting on the market for months.

A recent client, with the FAA and relocating to Honolulu, has a great home in PTC with a pool and together, we priced the home perfectly, and it sold within 30 days (we close Jan 22), to a gentleman who was recently divorced and NEEDED to buy asap. Again, although the market is down, there are still buyers out there who NEED to purchase, and that will never change, no matter how bad the market.

Your home in MN sounded like a true gem and I’m sure it was sad to leave such a memorable house. I always wondered how people, in their right mind, could cover up wood floors, especially like the ones you describe – that was art under that carpet!

To answer your question, yes, homes that are priced for the current market, are selling. However, keep in mind that pricing it even more aggressively than 10% below market, will help move it quicker obviously. Also, many buyers are coming from outside Fayette county, so any marketing plan must include getting the home in both MLS systems! This is key!

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