One man wielded a machete, while the other was swinging a chain, Officer Eddy Azcárate of the Fairfax County Police says. Oh, and behind the combatants was a burning tow truck. The scene, which seems ripped from a blood-drenched B-movie, was first reported by Lorton Patch.
Before the trip, family members and friends had warned them to keep up their guard, to watch for thieves and madmen, to not rely too wholeheartedly on the benevolence of strangers. “People said to be careful,” Barton recalled. “ ‘The world is a crazy place. There are a lot of crazy people out there.’ ”
Out on the road, in the America they were beginning to know better, crazy seemed far outweighed by kindness. Goodness trumped evil.