There’s nothing quite like hiking that calms the soul. Being surrounded by nature can help deal with stress and relieve tension and be a good form of exercise.
There are many trails, but National Parks always raise the stakes for nature enthusiasts. They offer pristine vistas of beautiful landscapes, and federal budgets keep them clean and well maintained.
They are still parts of nature, though. There are unavoidable dangers that lurk outdoors.
Wild animals, steep terrain, poisonous plants, serial killers; in exchange for viewing the beauty of nature, many hikers may end up crossing paths with unexpected fates.
Gary Hilton was known as the “National Forest Serial Killer” when he stalked the open wilds as a drifter and made people disappear between 2005 and 2008.
He targeted hikers, people, out in the wilderness with no one else around, thinking that he had found the perfect hunting grounds for committing unsolvable crimes.
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Gary Michael Hilton was a drifter through the American Appalachian lowland mountains. He went from North Carolina, through Georgia, and to Florida.
Not much is known about him other than he was a drifter who often camped out for extended periods at the time of his crimes.
In his 60s, he started his crime and killing spree, one of the oldest such criminals of such brutal and violent crimes.
9 Rossana Miliani
His first victim was a woman named Rossana Miliani, just outside of Bryson City, North Carolina. She was hiking when she met an older man who claimed to be a preacher and needed her to buy clothes.
This was Hilton’s plan, to seem weak and pleasant, then threaten and intimidate his victims to get their money.
She was beaten to death and left in the woods while Hilton took her bank card and spent as he wanted until it ran out.