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Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
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A Massachusetts man faces federal charges in the brutal attack Saturday on two Appalachian Trail hikers that left a man dead and a woman hospitalized with severe stab wounds, Virginia authorities said Sunday.

James Louis Jordan, 30, was arrested early Saturday after Wythe County, Va., sheriff’s deputies located him along the trail in southwestern Virginia by tracking an SOS signal triggered by one of the victims, officials said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia said in a statement Sunday that Jordan, of West Yarmouth, Mass., is charged with murder and assault with intent to murder in connection with the attack. Jordan is scheduled to appear in court in Abingdon, Va., on Monday.


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The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office tactical team traveled four miles into the woods to locate the wounded man’s SOS signal. They initially came across walkers who described a knife-wielding man known as “Sovereign” who roamed the trail with a dog.

While authorities were talking to the group, a dog ambled over to the camp. Deputies followed the animal, who led them back to Jordan, and he was taken into custody without incident. Investigators later found a 20-inch knife nearby along the trail and soon discovered the male victim.

Jordan, who authorities said they think is “Sovereign,” was well known to the community of hikers on the trail. Recent news reports of incidents in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia describe a man threatening and chasing other hikers with a machete or large knife.


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OysterPoBoy
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re: Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
That's why I don't hike.


Y.A. Tittle
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real turf fan
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re: Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
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Recent news reports of incidents in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia describe a man threatening and chasing other hikers with a machete or large knife.


And that wasn't enough to mount a response? Four states and possibly a NIMBY trifecta.


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Jim Rockford
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re: Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
If anybody's wondering about the federal charges, IIRC the AT is part of the National Park Service.


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That's why I don't hike.



Without a gun.


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Jim Rockford
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And that wasn't enough to mount a response? Four states and possibly a NIMBY trifecta.


The article states that hikers had refused to press charges for previous incidents. Nobody wants to interrupt their thru hike to hang around and testify.


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GetCocky11
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re: Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
Stuff like this is why I hate hiking solo.


RogerTheShrubber
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Stuff like this is why I hate hiking solo.


Carry protection.


Klark Kent
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re: Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
Stuff like this is why I carry when hiking solo or not solo


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mtntiger
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While authorities were talking to the group, a dog ambled over to the camp. Deputies followed the animal, who led them back to Jordan,


Good boy.


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GetCocky11
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Carry protection.


Might be tricky when thru-hiking the AT. Lots of different states with different laws on carrying a firearm.


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Open Dore Policy
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re: Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
My father-in-law always carries when he hikes the AT.


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AtlantaLSUfan
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re: Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
An absolute real life psychopath. Wow.


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TigerNlc
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re: Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
Sometimes you can judge a book by the cover.


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m2pro
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re: Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
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That's why I don't hike.



This is a new story b/c it's so impossibly rare. You get in a car every day and that is far more dangerous probability-wise. Besides, like people say, carry a small sidearm to save for weight.


idlewatcher
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re: Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
Aside of the crazies, why wouldn't you pack heat when hiking? There are bears, mountain lions, cobra kangz to be concerned about as well.


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MorbidTheClown
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Carry protection.


in case you get lucky while hiking. Good call.


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TigerCoon
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That's why I don't hike.


I hope my wife doesn't see this story or she will probably harangue me with it forever. She already gets panicky when I do a trip longer than 3 days.


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Dead End
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re: Massachusetts man charged in deadly attack on Appalachian Trail hikers
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That's why I don't hike.


Wo a firearm...


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