Thoroughly enjoyed your post, man. This is why this mod is so crazy, it's not just proud bandits who kill other players, it's other survivors who experience a moment of panic when encountering people in unfamiliar territory. This is why I hide in the woods all day, everyday.
I got killed by my first bandit today because I made the mistake of exploring the coastal cities, ALWAYS GO NORTH! Its safer, quieter and more interesting because every other player you encounter is a new story. I too love the woods.
The character I was playing in the above story finally keeled over in a rather dramatic turn of events after 3 days survival, i should put something up about that...