It was a random weekend in 2016. Two of my friends and I decided to go camping. We were all 16-17 at the time. I’m from a small town in Iowa so there’s really not much to do. So, camping was our best option to have some fun without our parents.
We got to the campsite around 3:00 in the afternoon and we were all set up by 3:30 or 4:00 pm.
A little background about this place there’s a pretty decent sized body of water and then it’s surrounded by 60 feet of rock around the whole thing. When you climb the rock on the over side of the trail there is a wooded area it’s actually really pretty and a lot of young couples would go up to the top of the cliff and do their thing because it was “romantic” up there. it was a popular place to go but this weekend there wasn’t as many people as normal.
We had made a fire and we are all sitting around it. To the left of us, there was a camper full of about five people they looked like your typical drug addicts we didn’t think anything of it because we had a lot of those kinds of people around this Area.
I would glance over occasionally because I would feel eyes on me and there would be a man who seemed to be about in his mid-30s staring at me and not a friendly stare.
I felt like he was undressing me with my eyes and it made me very uncomfortable.
Mind you I was only 16 at the time and this guy was way older than me so it was very creepy and unsettling. My two friends were boyfriend-girlfriend I’ll call them Lilly and Will for privacy reasons. They decided to take a “walk” for some alone time.
So I was left by the tent alone with five weirdos to the left of me. Not really wanting to stay at the tent by myself I decided to grab my fishing pole and go fishing. I walked down to the water. I was down there for about 10 minutes and then I heard footsteps coming up behind me. I turned around and there was that weird creepy guy who had been staring at me earlier.
I figured he probably wanted to go fishing or something but then I noticed he didn’t have a pole and his eyes were crazy looking and I could tell that his intentions were not pure. I became very uneasy and I tried to think quickly.
He randomly said, “What’s your name?”
I hesitated not really sure if I should give this man my name but not wanting to have him get mad at me and attack me I told him “Hannah” I said quietly continuing to try to mind my business and fish.
He kept trying to talk to me and I kept giving him one-word answers like, “yeah” “ok” “cool” the conversation lasted about five minutes and then he started getting really weird.He was asking me if I was a virgin if I liked it rough and if I like being choked.
At this point I knew I had to get out of there so I said loud and clear “Piss Off!” and I grabbed my fishing pole and my tackle box and I started walking back to the tent.
The guy followed me up there and went back to his camper and sat down outside with all of his friends. I set my stuff in the tent and looked over at the camper because I felt like I was being watched and I was right.
They were all staring at me. Two waved so I gave them all the finger they all laughed and continued stare at me. So, I decided to walk in the same direction Lilly and Will went. I didn’t care if I interrupted their fun time I was really freaked out I didn’t know what this guy or his friends would do.
They all gave me a bad vibe.
I heard footsteps behind me after a couple minutes of walking I knew exactly who it was and I knew that if I ran that he could probably catch me I wasn’t the fastest or the most in shape.
I walked faster until I got to a point where there was two ways that I could go. I went right hoping my friends did too. I started to speed up more. I was hoping that Lilly and Will were at the “romantic” spot on the top of the cliff. On the way up there is a lot of holes and big rocks on the trail so it’s hard to keep a quick pace.
I looked behind me and he was about 10 feet away. I decided just call him out, “Why the hell are you following me” He looked up at me and smiled with his crooked teeth he didn’t say anything but he began to move quicker towards me so I booked it. it was all uphill and my legs were killing me but I could hear him gaining on me. I was going as fast as I could and I tripped over a fucking tree root that was coming through the ground.
I know typical horror movie. I got up quickly and continued to run but not quick enough because he grabbed me by my ponytail and pulled me backward making me fall right on my back and hitting my head hard on the ground. I was pretty dizzy.
I got up slowly and he was in front of me. “Move or there’s going to be hell to pay.” Honestly don’t know why I did that it was definitely not the best idea but I wanted him to know that I wasn’t scared even though I was basically shitting myself. His smile faded and he got in my face wide-eyed he looked insane and he said, “who do you think you’re talking to little girl” he grabbed me by the throat and put me up against a tree. I was so scared but luckily Fight or flight kicked in and I decided that it was best to fight. I kneed him in the crotch and then pushed him over into what looked like a ditch of poison ivy.
I really hope it was. I continued to run and I could see Will standing up I called his name he looked over to me confused. I finally reached them and I was so out of breath and sobbing. Finally I managed to tell them what happened. Will decided to go confront the guy. Will was a pretty big guy, He was about 6’2 and he was a farm boy so I knew he had muscle.
Lily and I stayed up on the cliff For a while and then we eventually went back down after I chilled out.
When we got back to the tent the camper, the creep. and his creepy friends were gone.
I asked Will what he did and he just told him and his buddies that he had a shotgun in the tent and he had enough ammo so he didn’t have a problem using it on each and every one of them. He didn’t really have a shotgun in the tent but they seem to believe it and they got the hell out of Dodge. We didn’t call the cops because I didn’t even know any of their names so I knew nothing would come of it.I tried to forget about it but it was in the back of my head all weekend.
I haven’t been back to the campsite since.