This case gives me chills and brings back awful memories. Apologies for the long story, but I think it illustrates the overwhelming challenges in preventing these tragedies. Over 30 years ago we lived on ten acres out in the boonies and there was a neighbor named “Fuzzy” terrorizing everyone on our road. We lived 30 minutes from the sheriff's substation. If LE didn’t get there in time to catch him in the act, there was nothing they could do except talk to him. That just made him worse. He made angry threats against all the neighbors. Shot at houses and mailboxes. After months of this, one night he called us and threatened violence. He didn’t hang up his phone, so we couldn’t call 911. With our young daughter, we had to sneak to a neighbor’s house to call...and then wait for the sheriff to show up while we listened to him outside his trailer screaming threats to kill us and the other neighbors. He was arrested and spent a few days in jail. Yes, only a few days, and we weren’t notified of his release. When he got home, he drove his pickup truck to our house, rifle in the gun rack. There was no time for me to call LE and we were not gun owners. I was alone and scared but I decided the best option was to come out on the front porch to face him peacefully, rather than hide and not know what he was up to. He said in a threatening voice, “I came to tell you Fuzzy’s back.” I said, “Thank you for letting us know. We only want peace, Fuzzy.” After a tense moment he nodded and left and for some reason we never had any more trouble from him. But if this had continued to escalate, we could easily have been victims, as could any of our neighbors. The guy was a ticking time bomb and clearly mentally ill and self-medicating with drugs, but there was only so much LE and the courts could do. Needless to say, we soon sold our beautiful property in the redwoods and moved away, for this and other reasons. My heart aches for the victims and terrified neighbors in Rancho Tehama. I’d like to think this could have been prevented, but there are too many holes in the system to plug IMO.