In a new feature published by Cosmopolitan titled, “Is It Possible to Stop a Mass Shooting Before It Happens?” writer Andrea Stanley spent 96 hours with a woman known only as “K,” who works as a top-secret investigator tracking down mass shooters, before they take action.
K, Stanley writes, “spends her days and nights infiltrating the angriest extremist networks in the country.”
The secret “savant,” as she’s known, scours obscure threads on Gab, Reddit, 4chan, 8chan, and VK, looking for telltale signs of dangerous men: gun toting selfies, chilling manifestos, sweeping misogynistic declarations. Then, she alerts officials with her findings.
Lately, K’s focus, “has been pulled toward the alt-right, a younger, more misogynistic version of the white supremacist movement that’s converting a new generation on message boards and social media. She is tracking the men who hate women. And they’re so dangerous that most of her family and friends don’t even know what she does,” Stanley writes in the piece.
“I just tell them I’m a researcher on domestic terrorism,” K reportedly said. “I think they assume I work for a think tank.” In light of the most recent attacks in Dayton, OH and El Paso, TX, K’s work is more urgent thane ver.
Read the story in full, here, on Cosmopolitan.com.