Victim blaming? That sounds like the old wives tale of don’t fight your rapist, just let him be.
The family knew he had mental problems, that is why they sent him to live elsewhere alone.
Indeed, the problem of harassment just escalates into murder if nothing is done by the authorities. The guy just kept coming and coming. He should have been interned for his own safety and others after being given a psychiatric evaluation. Yet the cops just let him be because they are not trained for this and there are not enough women on the force to enforce changes. There is no law to protect the stalked and in some way the stalker too.
The SEA student that was killed a few months ago was an example. The killer had been stalking students in the area, one had denounced him and the cops knew what he was doing. The chief of police resigned after the murder.