The Last Time I Saw Kevin Richardson

Ryan Murphy says families of Dahmer victims didn’t respond to his team’s inquiries, so he made his own private calls. The first time I saw Kevin Richardson in person, we made eye contact. His…

The Last Time I Saw Kevin Richardson

Ryan Murphy says families of Dahmer victims didn’t respond to his team’s inquiries, so he made his own private calls.

The first time I saw Kevin Richardson in person, we made eye contact. His head was down, and he was shaking. It wasn’t a cold, or a cold and frightened response, but a nervous, unsure one. His shoulders were slouched, his head was bowed. I was trying to get a sense of who this man was, and what he was capable of doing. How much he was like Dahmer, or how much he was like a different type of predator.

Kevin was a survivor.

He survived being raped and killed by multiple serial killers before he was even out of high school. His death haunted me for years, and kept me from going to college. And now, nearly 15 years after the first attack, I’ll finally have the chance to talk to him. It seemed like a no-brainer to see Kevin to talk about his experience and perhaps glean some advice for other survivors. When I contacted him through a mutual friend on Facebook, we agreed to meet up for a last glimpse in person.

A day prior, I received a panicked text from Kevin’s parents, who said someone from Kevin’s high school called them. They told Kevin’s mother that the school had found a Facebook message referring to “an anonymous source” who said Kevin had told his mother that he was a survivor, and she needed to contact his high school immediately. The mother immediately contacted the high school but, as many schools do, the principal was unable to find the message in any of his systems, nor did they find any references to Kevin. The next morning, Kevin’s family was notified that the college he had spent most of his life at would no longer accept him for admission, and asked if they had seen Kevin in person. They told the school that they hadn’t.

The family was then notified that they had been removed from the internet.

A day later, my phone rang. It was Kevin’s mother.

She told me that, over the last week, someone from the high school had gone to her house, and gave her a Facebook message she wasn’t able to erase. She wanted to meet with Kevin’s high school, because they “had something

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