TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The question everyone wants to know -how do you react after finding out you're living near a serial killer?
You would think most people would be shocked, but for two neighbors we talked to - their reaction is opposite.
"He was just so awkward and kind of creepy and he invited us over, we were nervous," Nicole Doti said of how she and her sister Melissa felt about their neighbor and alleged serial killer Dr. Anthony Joseph Garcia.
The girls said Garcia moved in almost a year ago and immediately showed some strange behavior.
"One day we found flowers on our porch and we were like who are these from?" Doti said of the first encounter. "
We thought they were from our friends and later on that night he actually came over and he said 'did you get my gift?' and we were like oh you brought the flowers. "
A nice gesture maybe, until they said he sat outside their home in his car the next night again with flowers. Stranger still, when months after that, the girls say they would see tracks in the snow from his home to theirs left over night.
They had no choice but to ask a police officer to check on Garcia.
"(The officer) looked in his house and there were boxes that made it look like he was just moving in, but technically he had been there for months and he had no furniture in the front of the house," Doti said.
In fact the situation made the sisters feel so uncomfortable; they got a security system for their house.
"We were so scared, that we thought he might come over every day," she said.
As you can imagine, hearing that their neighbor was arrested Monday wasn't all that shocking to them. But, the crime that brought Nebraska police right next door to their home Monday that was completely unexpected.
"When we heard that he did that it was just insane," Doti ended saying.
"Now he's gone and we feel the safest, we've ever felt."
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