George Zimmerman fears for his life, plans to leave Florida

George Zimmerman has once again gone into hiding and tells friends he is “badly shaken” after being shot at by Matthew Apperson Monday in Lake Mary, Florida.

According to the Daily Mail, the acquitted killer has told friends close to him that “he feels lucky to be alive” and that “God was watching over him” the day he reportedly waived a gun at Apperson in the third of such encounters between the two men — which according to Apperson had previously included Zimmerman stalking him while armed and threatening to “fucking kill” him.

While Zimmerman acknowledges that he could’ve been killed when Apperson fired a shot into the driver’s side window of Zimmerman’s truck, he told friends “It just wasn’t my time to go.”

But apparently “go” he just might. Zimmerman said that the near brush with death has him considering relocating from Florida, where he has continued to live since being acquitted in the murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2013. Friends have said that the former self-appointed neighborhood watchman, who has now been accused of obsessively stalking two individuals, one of whom he killed, is “constantly looking over his shoulder fearful that someone will try to attack him.”

“George tries to stay indoors as much as possible,” a friend says. “He sweats an awful lot when he is around other people as he is so nervous.”

This paranoia, which has caused Zimmerman’s marriage to fail, kept him from finding a job, and results in panic attacks whenever he is in public, may currently be less deluded than when it drove him to follow the 17-year-old Martin through his neighborhood against police orders. There are many who no doubt have little sympathy for a man who expresses no guilt over killing a child while comparing his ideals to those of Anne Frank.

But the fact that Zimmerman now feels as though someone is constantly out to get him — the same way Martin no doubt felt the night Zimmerman killed him, and the same way Apperson described feeling when he discovered Zimmerman “lurking” outside his place of business — this isn’t karma. It’s just George Zimmerman. Since the very beginning of the public’s knowledge of the man, obsession, mania, and violence have been intrinsic elements of every new thing we have learned about him. Bad things don’t happen to Zimmerman; they are inherent to his being. He brings them with every interaction that he has with another human, most succinctly represented by the concealed Glock handgun he apparently feels the need to have on him at all times “for protection.”

“Protection from what?” one must wonder. From himself?

Zimmerman can leave Florida, but he can’t leave behind who he is. That’s going to follow him until the end of his days.

[Daily Mail]