A man suspected in at least 13 rape cases in Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties is now in police custody. Police said Robert Burdick raped at least 13 women after hiding in the woods on rainy days and targeting women in their homes.more>>
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For years, they lived and worked near Robert Burdick.
But neighbors said Thursday's charges may prove they never knew him.
Some said he acted a little strange. Others said he was friendly.
On Thursday, they're finding out his private life may have been much different and darker than his public image.
"He's always been friendly and personable," said Jim Counce, a neighbor.
"He just gave me a creepy feeling," said Brynn Wuchina, another neighbor. "So I can see how this could happen, I guess. That it could be him."
Burdick works for a security company in their building.
"We'd say, 'Good morning. Good morning. How are you? Nice day.' You know, it's raining," said Marguerite Flemmer, who works in Burdick's building. "Whatever. He was always very nice."
After labeled Burdick the "Wooded Rapist," individuals who thought they knew him realized that might not be the case.
It's quite shocking," Wuchina said. "Quite disturbing to know that someone like that lives right down the road, not 200 yards from us. It's very scary."
"Well I think it's terrible considering the company is a security company," Flemmer said. "For crying out loud, people trust security people."
Throughout the years neighbors said they've noticed subtle changes.
"Changes the cars," Counce said. "Changes the people he associates with. Stuff like that. But as far as expecting or thinking that that could happen to a person like that. I don't know. It's not proven yet. But if it's true I'm glad they got him."
Fourteen years worth of secrets are out in the open. Whatever the end result, Burdick's acquaintances hope justice is served.
"You know maybe he's innocent," Flemmer said. "I don't know. But you know if he's not I hope he doesn't ever get out. Ever."
Burdick's neighbors said police were at his home most of the day. Police executed a search warrant.
During the search, investigators said they were able to find key evidence linking Burdick to the rapes. Police have also been trying to notify as many victims as possible to let them know they've made an arrest in the case.