Often, vic­tims are afraid of esca­lating the vio­lence against them, said James Alan Fox, a crim­i­nol­o­gist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. He pointed to the murder of eight nursing stu­dents in Chicago in 1966 by just one man, Richard Speck. Speck tied the women up in their apart­ment, promising that all he wanted was money, and then killed them.

People just often­times trust that he wants the money . . . that taking my life is not going to get him any­thing,” Fox said. “They reason. They believe that, log­i­cally, the best move is then not to get them angry.”

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