The Halifax Sleep Stalker/Sleep Watcher has been running rampant in the city’s South End for the past two or three years. Sneaking into the bedrooms of girls and watching them sleep, taking off when they wake up and (more recently) beginning to touch them.
To me and my buddies, because we’re crude and callous individuals at times, it’s also been a bit of a joke. The joke being that because of the vague description (5’10-6’0, medium/athletic build, dark hair, living in the South End), that I could, in fact, be the perpetrator. I’m not the guy, obviously, but living alone, with no one who could really confirm when I was home or not, especially late at night, my buddies often joked that they could, at the very least, make it uncomfortable for me, and bring me in for some awkward questioning. I continue to joke that that’s why I grew the beard, to eliminate me as a “suspect”.
Anyway, in the bigger picture, it’s actually kind of frustrating as the actual Sleep Watcher continues to be at large and the police continue to be unable to do anything about it (just like they were unable to stop the swarmings in the Commons, the random beatings in the downtown area, etc. etc. etc. but I digress). He comes and goes, curiously follows the academic schedule when kids (girls especially) are plentiful in the South End and some have even speculated that he might also be a student. But in any case, the incidents continue.
Now, I’m sure that the police are treating this investigation with the seriousness that it rightfully deserves, especially considering that the situation has gone on long enough that the Sleep Watcher is getting more brazen with his actions. But after reading this post, something stuck out to me:
The real issue is that it’s common for these young guys to use this excuse to case buildings for robberies. They get into the building during work hours, and they can walk around knocking on doors figuring out which apartments are empty during that time of day.
The author was describing guys getting into an apartment building (buzz until someone lets you in) and selling third-party gas providers to residents.
How does this circle back to the Sleep Watcher? Well, like I mentioned, he targets women, usually in those houses that have been turned into apartments, the ones that dot the South End (as opposed to proper apartment buildings). I’ve always wondered how he knows what houses to even try to get in (I can’t imagine that he just fumbles into bedrooms and oops! it’s a guy! and back out he goes). Part of that wondering is obviously selfish (though I think he would be more disappointed than me, should he stumbled in to my bedroom (haha just kidding, I’m sure I look like an angel)) but part of it is…well…I’ve lived in the South End for almost six years now and I’ve spent most of that time checking out pretty much any girl I see in the street. But I couldn’t tell you what house on my street has girls living in it and what house has guys, or even what apartment in what house is girls…and so on.
For reference sake, the street I live on is two blocks long. That’s it. And I’ve lived on it for five years. I know there are girls living in the dozen or so houses turned into apartments on my street, but I’ll be damned if I know which ones live where. And I like to think I’m pretty observant.
So let’s file my experience under the ‘normal person’ file and then try to explain the Sleep Watcher. Either he’s a) casing the joint ahead of time (stalking the girls before they sleep), which might be easy to key into, although the vague description hurts the detection effort a bit. Or b) somehow he’s getting verification on where these girls live.
Going back to our third-party gas providers, I then wonder about all the guys going around to apartment buildings selling Eastlink cable or newspaper subscriptions (with a cut of it going towards their tuition). Certainly it’s enough to at least ask the question?