What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Child Molester at Large

The house two doors down sat empty for nearly a year when the owner finally moved in. Immediately, I sensed something wasn't right and went to great lengths to avoid him. For the most part, he kept to himself until he came home with a small, white dog, which would periodically run away. One afternoon, he came by, looking for the dog and by the end of our less-than-two minute conversation, my skin was crawling. Yet, I still couldn't put my finger on what the problem was.
Nearly two months later, another neighbor informed me that she was a member of a Bible study group with my creepy neighbor's ex-wife. According to the ex, he was a convicted, child molester with a nearly thirty year history of molesting boys and girls, including his own grandchildren. Not knowing if I should believe a perhaps, bitter ex-wife, I checked with the police department and sure enough, he was on their list.
When I informed the police that we lived within a thousand feet of four schools and a day care, I was told that my neighbor had paid for his crime by serving his jail sentence and if I told the other neighbors of his presence and criminal record that they (the police) would press charges against me for harassment!
Despite their threats, I told everyone. We shunned him for two years until he moved and used the house as a rental unit. Periodically, he would show up to check up on his renters and would stay for a night or two in a camper on their driveway. After one such incidence, I asked the renters if they knew of his reputation since they had two, small children. They were clueless. Of course, he had never divulged this info to them.
The molester died last year and the house sold to a family member who seems almost as creepy. Since his arrival, he's created a bar in his garage and has gone out of his way to establish friendships with neighbors who have small children. These people know of the house's history however, no one but me seems to think this guy's actions are strange. I've got my eye on him.

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