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What Makes a Boy a Monster?

Posted by KindraLore on January 29, 2007

(Pictured – Michael Devlin on the left, Kevin Underwood on the right)

Who IS Michael J. Devlin? The one who was adopted, along with his siblings when he was just a tot? He came from a normal, all American home. What turns a little boy into a serial kidnapper and pedophile? (I think with the evidence that he had kiddy porn on his computer and the fact that he took two young boys – THAT WE KNOW OF – that I am comfortable to say that YES, he was a pedophile).

They say he was a loner in school. Made fun of at times. We know when we look back to our own pasts how hard those years can be – how escalated every little detail in life seems. How hard it is when you don’t fit in. However, we did not become monsters. So what makes one?

When I see cases like this I am perplexed with this question. The first thing I assume is that this person was abused himself as a child. By all accounts, this wasn’t the case. Michael Devlin had the “perfect parents” and was too young when he was adopted to know if his own biological parents were abusive.

It reminds me of another case of 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin. Kevin Ray Underwood, 26 years old, lured little Jamie into his apartment, hit her over the head and killed her. He tried to cut her throat or saw her head off, sexually assaulted little Jamie’s corpse and put her into a Tupperware container and put her into his closet.

Kevin showed no outward signs of this unfolding to anyone. He had no criminal history, just as Michael Devlin had no criminal past as well. Kevin was a loner and so was Devlin. Somehow, neither could seem to fit themselves into the world that was theirs. Awkward in appearance, awkward in a public situation. Kevin Underwood had an online blog to which he frequently talked about his feelings and obsessions with certain girls and even cannibalism.

Although Michael and Kevin are different in many ways, they are so much alike. What makes little boys into Monsters?

They’ve had two weeks to reconsider every detail. They’ve scavenged their memories for any clue, any inkling that Michael J. Devlin was something other than the lonely guy who managed a pizza shop in Kirkwood.

Bad family? Far from it.

Odd behavior? Hardly.

Devlin smoked, but he didn’t drink. He loved video games, such as the fantasy role-player Final Fantasy XI, but that is not unusual for adults these days. He had a temper, but those who have seen it say it came off more cantankerous than malicious. There was no criminal record beyond traffic tickets.

A family ‘as good as gold’

Born in November 1965, Devlin was still an infant when he was adopted by James and Joyce Devlin. His adoptive father was an insurance executive. His mother was a former airline stewardess who eventually taught at the private College School in Webster Groves.

Michael Devlin’s father and mother still live in Webster Groves, a comfortable place just a few miles from where the two missing boys were found.

The parents have two biological daughters. They also adopted four boys.

Three of the four Devlin boys worked for Prosperi at Imo’s. He has known the family for almost three decades.

“That family was as good as gold,” Prosperi said.

The Devlin parents were feted on their 50th wedding anniversary in 2004 in a Valentine’s Day column in the Webster-Kirkwood Times. The article recounted how the couple grew up just outside Philadelphia but didn’t meet until both were in Boston, where they married, before moving to St. Louis for James Devlin’s job.

Joyce Devlin was a Girl Scout leader who was devoted to her children.

“She is a saint,” said Mildred Kent, who raised her four children in Webster Groves and gave piano lessons to some of the Devlin siblings, but not Michael.

For many years, the family attended Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Webster Groves. Brian Devlin, one of the couple’s children, recalls going for Sunday services.

“They put these little suits on us, and you can imagine what suits looked like for kids back in the ’70s — little checkered things and that,” he said.

Brian Devlin, who in a Post-Dispatch profile last week talked about the personal struggles that eventually estranged him from the family, said his parents were good to him and his siblings. He still has fond memories of Christmas celebrations and family vacations on Lake Michigan.

Joyce, he said, is “a really good lady.” James makes “a mean barbecue.” And growing up in Webster Groves, the Devlins did “everything that a normal family would do to keep you right,” Brian Devlin said.

Surviving high school


Michael Devlin was a friendly child who was picked on for being overweight, several former classmates and neighbors said.

“He was teased, and it made him a loner,” said Susan Dames of Ballwin, who grew up a few houses from the Devlin family on Oakwood Avenue.

But Michael Devlin found a place for himself at Imo’s, first in Webster Groves and then in Kirkwood. He began working there in high school.

He graduated from Webster Groves High in 1984. His picture is not featured in the senior yearbook. Some classmates could barely remember him. Others recall a nonthreatening teen who sat on the sidelines of life.

“The guy was just a nice guy, like a big teddy bear,” said Karen Waller, who graduated in the same class.

After high school, Devlin went to work full-time at Imo’s. It was there that he met a bunch of guys who would go on hunting and fishing trips. Prosperi sometimes joined them. They sometimes traveled to Two Branch Island, a remote site requiring a ferry ride to reach, in the Missouri River in St. Charles County.

Devlin also traveled to Woodland Lake Estates, a development tucked in a hilly, wooded area in northwestern Washington County. He and a friend owned a small, vacant parcel in the development.

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Schroeder has said the land served “as a connection” to Shawn’s abduction 25 miles away in Richwoods, perhaps by familiarizing Devlin with the area.

Devlin obtained deer-hunting permits for the firearms seasons in 1996 though 1998, and held annual fishing licenses in 1996, 1997 and 2002, according to the Missouri Conservation Department.

Gus Nanos worked with Devlin in the 1990s and remembers an outgoing man with a quick wit. “Devo” invited co-workers to play video games and poker. Nanos, in a recent Post-Dispatch interview, even recalled Devlin in those years as “nice and thoughtful.”

But Devlin’s limited social circle began to fall apart as he got into his early 30s. His friends had less time to hang out. They had wives and families. Some got new jobs. Devlin stayed with Imo’s, rising to be a manager but still earning less than $21,000 a year. He was always on time. He never asked for a raise.

Prosperi recalls asking Devlin why he didn’t move on.

“He’d say, ‘Mike, I’m a lazy guy.’ And that was it,” Prosperi said.

Diabetes and foot pain

If there is one curious incident in Michael Devlin’s past, it centers on his toes.

In December 2002, Prosperi recalls Devlin complaining at work about his foot. He was limping. He talked about the pain to everybody. At a Devlin family Christmas party, Devlin apparently showed his foot to a family member who was a doctor, and he urged Devlin to go to the hospital immediately, Prosperi said.

Two of Devlin’s toes were gangrenous and had to be amputated, according to Prosperi. He was diagnosed as a diabetic. And he struggled with his weight.

Devlin missed three months of work, from January to March 2003, Prosperi said, a recollection supported by his check of payroll records.

Prosperi said he was told that Devlin was recuperating at his parents’ house, not at the South Holmes Avenue apartment in Kirkwood where he lived since July 2001. He recalls calling Devlin several times to see when he would return, and several times he spoke with Devlin’s mother and Devlin himself.

“Looking back,” Prosperi said, “the question on everybody’s mind is, who was watching Shawn?”

Shawn Hornbeck disappeared on Oct. 6, 2002. He would’ve been kidnapped just a few months before Devlin apparently moved in with his parents for an extended period.

One of Devlin’s brothers, Patrick, told the Post-Dispatch two weeks ago that relatives saw Michael at family gatherings but never knew of Shawn.

In recent years, Nanos recalled, Devlin became a different person: “He went from being such a teaser to a much quieter person. I felt like he had been humbled by all of his health problems. … Years of downing Mountain Dew and smoking menthol cigarettes probably caught up with him.”

Quiet but with a temper

At the South Holmes Avenue apartment complex, neighbors knew Devlin as a man with a temper who kept to himself and who seemed to have a son. A boy who identified himself as Shawn Devlin was seen walking in and out of the one-bedroom apartment, or riding his bike in the neighborhood.

“Nothing about Devlin jumped out at you,” said Krista Jones, who has lived in the complex for six months. “We’d see him walking the courtyard with Shawn and just thought it was father and son.”

Residents recall an incident last year when Devlin got upset because someone was parked in his favored parking spot. Devlin even called the Kirkwood police to settle the argument.

Beyond that, the neighbors seemed to know little about Devlin. They were even less familiar with the boy living in the apartment, knowing him primarily for the loud music he played during the day.

Looking for answers

Prosperi, along with other co-workers of Devlin’s at the pizza shop, have reconsidered even the smallest incidents to see if there was something they missed — such as how Devlin reacted to the frequent after-school flood of students from nearby Nipher Middle.

The students were between the ages of 11 and 14. They tended to make a mess. The floor got dirty. Napkin dispensers were emptied. That made Devlin upset, Prosperi recalled.

“It’s not like he was looking forward to little kids coming in,” Prosperi said.

Brian Devlin, who has not spoken to his brother since they were teenagers, still struggles to reconcile the image of his brother with the one painted by the allegations.

He wants to believe his brother acted out of loneliness, not something more sinister.

“I’ve been putting my mind all different ways around this,” he said. “I just can’t judge him yet.”

News Article

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All is Quiet in Seminole, Oklahoma

Posted by KindraLore on January 27, 2007

I thought it was well overdue to do something on Colton Levi Clark, which is what this blog was created for. Although I have decided to bring other missing children to this forum, my main focus is still on Colton.It’s been more than nine months since Colton was reported missing. So much has happened since then, yet there is not one new clue as to where Colton is today than there was the day he went missing.

After reviewing the

Timeline Blog, I noticed something that I have since updated. The appointment that Colton had that day with a physiatrist was in Norman. Norman, according to Rand McNally, is about an hour and a half from Wewoka, where the Clarks live. The appointment was at 1:00PM.According to the Seminole Producer article that came out a week after Colton was reported missing, and in which is the only media article to this date in which Rebecca Clark gave a detailed account of what took place that day – it stated that Rex went to lay down while she started getting ready. That means they would of had time to burn.

She states she got ready, went to look for Colt and the window was open and he was gone. She said she thought at first that he might be waiting in the car.

Snipped from Article:

The day he disappeared, April 20, they were getting ready to go to a counseling session in Norman. After their return, a DHS worker was supposed to come over. Rebecca told the boys to dress in their new summer clothes; Colt complained, wanting to wear his boots.

While she got ready, her husband planned to lie down. When she looked for Colt, he was gone.” The window was up in his bedroom,” Rebecca said. Asked if she thought
he’d gone out there, she said she thought at the time that he was out in the car, ready to go. When he wasn’t, she searched and called for him.

The DHS worker came and they agreed to call the sheriff; a deputy came immediately. They brought dogs and ordered the family to put up their own dogs.” It was then that we found that Colt’s Russian wolf pup was gone,” Rebecca said.

One can deduce from this that it must of been between 10:30AM-11: 30AM if they were to make the 1 1/2 drive to Norman and to be there in time. In the same article it states that it was the DHS worker that called the Seminole Sheriff’s Department, once she arrived and found that Colt was missing.

That means that Colton had been missing at least FIVE hours. What did the Clarks do in these five hours if this story is true? Why did they wait so long before reporting him missing?

When posing that question, I guess I figure that 5 hours is nothing compared to the 5 DAYS that went on without reporting Colton’s brother Homer Clark missing. What were these people thinking?

There has been no news on this case coming out of Seminole. This case is officially cold. Be it told, the Clarks simply prefer to stay to themselves now days, barely seen about town anymore. According to LE, Homer Clark or Austin Clark as he was previously known, is still in the custody of DHS.

The debris from the fire of the burnt mobile home has been removed. The Clarks carry on, and Colton Clark is still missing. All is quiet in Seminole.

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Amber Alert – 3yr Old Loic “Tank” Rogers – Kalispell, Montana

Posted by KindraLore on January 27, 2007

UPDATE AT END OF BLOG

An Amber Alert has been issued for a three-year-old boy missing from near Kalispell, Montana. More than 100 people are searching for the boy, missing since 6:45 last night in the Kalispell suburb of Evergreen.

The child’s father said he had put Loic in his carseat in the car, and went to retreive Loic’s sister. When he returned with the other child a minute to a minute and a half later, Loic was gone.

According to articles I have read, both the mother and father have admitted to problems and fighting over custody of the children. However, neither of them suspected the other one of taking little Loic.

When last seen, Loic was wearing a red, white and blue coat, blue jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt, tan leather boots and a multi-colored beanie hat.

Loic “Tank” Rogers is 3 feet tall and has blond hair and blue eyes.

More than 200 people, mostly volunteers, were helping search for the boy. The FBI has now been called in to the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Justice Help Desk 406 758 5600

UPDATE 6:25PM


Originally I stated that Loic was taken from his carseat. According to the quoted article below that is not true. He had not yet gotten into the car. He was just standing outside:

Volunteers expanded the area they were searching Friday, said Flathead Search and Rescue leader Jordan White.Loic J.M. Rogers was reported missing Wednesday night. His father said he took the boy out and told him to get in the car at 7 p.m. Wednesday and went back into the house to get Loic’s little sister.

“When (the father) went back inside, the boy had not yet gotten into the car. And we don’t think he did,” Meehan said.

The father “said he was inside only for a minute,” Meehan said. When he came back outside, the boy was gone. The father said he searched for about 20 minutes before calling law enforcement.

An Amber Alert was issued Thursday.

“We don’t have a lot of leads, but we feel pretty strongly that there probably is foul play involved,” Meehan said. “That is based solely on the fact that we haven’t found the boy and we should have, under the conditions in the area we were searching and the number of searches and the number of people searching.”

Meehan said officials are looking into sex offenders in the area, and are also interviewing neighbors of the grandparents’ and family members.

“We hope to get a long ways today,” he said. “We’re doing a lot of interviews, pretty extensive canvassing, knocking on doors. We’re working as hard as we can to wrap this up and get that boy safely home, but we need some breaks.”

Article Quoted

UPDATE 1/27/07 4:31PM

Very sad news coming out of Kalispell, Montana today.

Flathead County sheriff says remains of missing child found

KALISPELL, MONT. — The Flathead County sheriff says the remains of a three-year-old boy, missing near Kalispell, were found Friday night.

Sheriff Mike Meehan declined to release any details on the death of three-year-old Loic Rogers, who had been missing since Wednesday night.

Loic’s father had taken the boy and his younger sister to the home of a family friend in Evergreen, an unincorporated area near Kalispell.

The father said he took the boy out to the car around 6:45 p.m., and went back inside to get Loic’s little sister. The father says he was inside only for a
minute. When he came back out, the boy was gone.

Sheriff Meehan is holding a news conference late Saturday in Kalispell. But in the meantime, authorities are saying nothing about where the boy’s remains were found or how he may have died.

News Article

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Colton O’Neal – Father Wanted On Child Molestation Charges; Son Missing

Posted by KindraLore on January 26, 2007

Update 2/23/10

Someone was kind enough to email me and give me a heads up on this case. Looks like Daniel O’Neal was found NOT GUILTY on ALL charges. Looks like I owe him an apology so I would like to apologize. I went by what the media and Law Enforcement said, and well as this person that wrote me pointed out, thank goodness we all get our day in court.

Update 10/24/08 10:22PM

I would like to put an update on this case since I heard from Tracy the other day.Here is what Tracy wrote:

thought you would like to know that Daniel O’neal was arraigned last week on some of his charges. They charged him on my daughter Ashley with 2 counts of aggravated child molestation, 1 count of incest and 1 count of statuatory rape. There are still additional charges to come but he had fake custody papers for Colton so Olivia is having to prove they were forged and she goes to court next month. There will probably be more charges once this is proven.

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UPDATE 5/31/08 3:40PM

Amazing news! Colton O’Neal has been located by a PI working pro-bono for the family. He was located in Cancun, Mexico. Daniel O’Neal has been arrested. Colton will return tomorrow to his family that have been desperately searching for him all this time. I know that Olivia and Tracy are ecstatic. Thanks to Jake Schmidt, a Beverly Hills Private Investigator who on his free time helps track down kidnappers and locate missing children PRO BONO to the families. WHAT AMAZING NEWS!!

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Update 3/11/08 11:11AM

Its been awhile since I have been able to update this entry with actual news. Yesterday a press release was issued that the FBI are now seeking Daniel Leon O’Neal. According to the press release, an arrest warrant was issued by the Cobb County Magistrate Court in Georgia for child molestation of his daughter. In addition he has also been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor by soliciting his 15-year-old daughter to have sexual intercourse with a 29-year-old man.

It is good to see the FBI stepping in and stepping up this case. Daniel needs to be found. Colton does not need to be with this man.

See complete article here. Press release from FBI here.

Click here for Daniel’s listing on the Cobb County Sheriff Department’s site’s Most Wanted Listing. On this site it states Daniel is wanted for: Child Molestation – Aggravated Sodomy; Incest; Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Here is the picture they have listed:

Daniel O'Neal WANTED
Daniel O’Neal

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children now have an age progressed photo of what Colton O’Neal would look like today. He is now 6 years old.

Age Progressed Colton O'Neal
Colton O’Neal – Age Progressed to 6 Years Old

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Update: 4/2/07 4:12PM

I went on the video linked on the original blog below and did a screen capture of Daniel O’Neal. I did this because I believe its important to have his photo out as well so that maybe someone will recognize him.

If you have seen Daniel O’Neal or Colton O’Neal, please call the Cobb County Police Department at 770-801-3470.

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Update 3/24/07 10:45PM

Please see Olivia Dupree’s blog. She is Colton O’Neal’s mother and posted here as well (see comments).

Please bring this baby home. Whether Daniel is guilty of Child Molestation or not, he is certainly guilty of fleeing with this child who also needs his mother.

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UPDATE: – 2/16/07 9:06PM

According to Tracy, who left a comment here, Colton O’Neal has not been found. I searched for updates and the only one I found is from a Court TV boards where the thread is showing he has been found.

Tracy states on this blog:


tracy said…
colton o’neal has not been found. I am the mother of the other child that was molested by this sick man. he is still on the run from the police. right now not much info except he was last spotted in texas…keep our family in your prayers7:22 PM, February 16, 2007

Tracy, I certainly will keep you and your family in my prayers as well as little Colton. I do hope he is found and found safe and I hope that this monster is put behind bars where he wont harm anyone else. Please know I am thinking and praying for your child as well.

I will also update the Court TV boards to let everyone know and I will continue to try and follow up on this story.

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UPDATE – 2/3/07 3:20PM

This child has been found safe and alive and his been reunited with his mother.
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Original Blog

This case drew my attention for a few reasons. The first is the boy’s first name. I search daily for new information for Colton Levi Clark (for which this blog was born to) to no avail. I search – no news. Also, this child is originally from Cobb County Georgia, and that is where I am from.

Lastly and more important, his father is wanted on child molestation charges. Sniped from news article:

According to investigators, Colton Mitchell O’Neal, of Acworth, is believed to be with his biological father, 35-year-old Daniel Leon O’Neal.

Father and son were last seen Dec. 22, 2006, in Houston, Texas, when the abandoned truck they were in was recovered by police there. Officials said clothes and a child seat were located in the truck as well.

Colton O’Neal has blue eyes and red hair.

His father, Daniel O’Neal, 35, is described as a white man who stands 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 220 pounds. He has blue eyes, brown hair and may have a mustache or beard. Officials said he is known to work in or frequent adult entertainment businesses.

Daniel O’Neal is also wanted on aggravated child molestation, incest and deprivation charges. Authorities said Colton is not the victim of the charges. Anyone with any information on their whereabouts is asked to call police.
News Article Quoted


In another WXIA Georgia Article it states:

The father, 35-year-old Daniel Leon O’Neal, is a suspect in a child molestation and incest case that did not involve his son. However, authorities in Cobb County said they fear that Colton Mitchell O’Neal could be in danger.

WXIA Article

Seems strange to me that a month after this child went missing, it’s just coming out in the media. Who knows where he is now. It’s also very disconcerning that the father is a suspect in a molestation charge of a child involving incest.

Anyone with information on the case should call Cobb police at 770-801-3470.
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UPDATE 1/25/07 11:50PM

I found a video of the mother pleading for the child’s return. Looks like Colton O’Neal has been missing for THREE months, not one. It was one month ago when they found the suspects vehicle abandoned, apparently with little Colton’s car seat and clothing still in it – in Houston, Texas.

Click here for Video
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Photos may be Arlin Henderson?

Posted by KindraLore on January 25, 2007

UPDATE AT END OF BLOG


If you see my previous blogs michael-j-devlin-could-there-be-more and did-michael-devlin-join-search-for-Bianca-Piper, I stated that I thought both Arlin Henderson as well as Scott Kleeschulte could have also been victims of Michael Devlin.

Since then, many media articles have came out to say that Devlin could have been connected to Arlin. They have said very little about Scott. They must know something we don’t about Scott because the location and MO look the same. However, today’s news about Arlin Henderson may shed more light on his whereabouts and whether Devlin was involved in his disappearance:

Detectives investigating accused kidnapper Michael Devlin have shown photographs of a teenage boy to the family of Charles “Arlin” Henderson, asking if the pictures resemble the then-11-year-old who disappeared in 1991, Arlin’s relatives said Wednesday.

Arlin’s mother, Debra Henderson, and his uncle, James McWilliams, were both shown the pictures this week by Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives. McWilliams said detectives told him the pictures came from someone who claims to know Devlin and who said the teenage boy pictured was an acquaintance of Devlin’s from years ago.

Detectives were investigating whether the source did in fact know Devlin, McWilliams told The Associated Press.

Both relatives said the photos are roughly 10 years old and show a boy around 17 years of age. Arlin would have been 17 in 1997.

Debra Henderson said the teen was wearing a ball cap in one picture. He appeared to be standing with someone else, who was torn from the photo, she said.

He looked like he could be her son, Henderson said. “Yeah he really did,” she said. “But I am not getting my hopes up.”

McWilliams said there was a “strong, strong” resemblance to Arlin, but he couldn’t say for sure if it was him. “There are some characteristics there that are the same. We’re keeping an open mind,” McWilliams said.

Arlin disappeared while riding his bike on a rural road in Moscow Mills, about an hour’s drive north of St. Louis. Devlin, 41, is charged with kidnapping Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby in similarly remote areas. Shawn, now 15, and Ben, 13, were found Jan. 12 at Devlin’s suburban St. Louis apartment.

If the photos are indeed Arlin, the question begs, where is he now? Perhaps Devlin isn’t a killer after all. Maybe Arlin is still alive and living somewhere under another name. Perhaps not. It is hopeful information though, and hope is all his family has.

Source for Article

Update 1/24/07 11:16PM

(I started putting the updates on the ends of blogs instead of the beginning. It seemed to flow better. Sorry if you are looking at previous blogs and were confused)

I went on to the Court TV Board to see if there were any news or more info on this bit of information, and the posters were discussing that Arlin’s mother was on Greta Van Susteren discussing the pictures. A poster on the board posted the following:

The woman who supplied the photos was just interviewed on KSDK… Ms. McElroy… she says the boy in the photos was called “Chucky” and that “Devo” (Devlin) said he was the son of a friend… she hasn’t seen “Chucky” since about 1995.

If this is true, that is quite a coincidence that the boy’s name was “Chucky”. Arlin’s first name is Charles.

UPDATE 1/25/07 7:18AM


According to this mornings article, the photos and the source of the photos may not be credible. Sniped from the article:

Authorities believe that two photographs provided by a woman who knows accused kidnapper Michael Devlin are not a credible lead in the investigation of Arlin Henderson’s disappearance in 1991, sources familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

Also:

Last week, the Kirkwood police said the woman who provided the photos had fabricated a claim that she had reported to police years ago that Shawn was living with Devlin.

Full Article Quoted

UPDATE 1/25/07 4:48PM

Regarding the previous update. I am still not sure about the photos, nor about the article above in the last update that states the photos are not a credible lead. I have read a lot of articles since then, and have not found another article stating that, but instead stating that Arlin’s mother thinks the photos look very much like him.

According to articles I have read, in one photo he has a ball cap on and in another photo he is photographed with someone, although that other person has been torn from the photo.

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Shawn Hornbeck’s Story

Posted by KindraLore on January 19, 2007

In my earlier post I reported that Shawn Hornbeck and his mother and step-father Craig and Pam Akers went on the Oprah Winfrey Show. At the time it was being reported that he didn’t speak but now reports are coming out that he did and this is some of what he had to say:

“Every day I prayed to God that one day I would be back with my family. Every night I crossed myself. We’re a very Christian family,” Shawn, 15, said in a pre-taped interview that Winfrey included in her one-hour show. “There was a time when I was thinking about giving up, then I just thought of what (my parents were) doing and searching for me, and then I know they (weren’t) giving up so I figured I shouldn’t.”I felt their hope and love.”

Winfrey’s show was a combination of pre-taped interviews with Shawn and his parents, and then a talk with the parents and an aunt before a studio audience. Winfrey said she asked Shawn off-camera why he didn’t try to escape, and, “He said to me he did not because he was terrified to do so.”

His parents, Craig and Pam Akers, told Winfrey they hadn’t asked Shawn whether he had been sexually abused during the more than four years he had been missing.

“When this stuff comes out, we need professionals there that know how to deal with the specific circumstance, whenever we find out what that circumstance is,” Craig Akers said. “The last thing we want to do is put him through any more mental anguish. “Certainly we want to know and the world wants to know, but that’s not the important thing. That’s insignificant. The important thing is that Shawn is back home.”

Missing since Oct. 6, 2002, Shawn was reunited with his family on Jan. 12 after police rescued him from a Kirkwood, Mo., apartment along with another missing boy: William “Ben” Ownby, 13, who had disappeared Jan. 8 after getting off a school bus near his home in Beaufort. Officers who went to the apartment seeking Ben were astonished to find Shawn there as well.

Michael J. Devlin, 41, a pizza-store employee, was arrested that day and is charged with kidnapping both boys. He pleaded not guilty Thursday in Franklin County in the case of Ben, and he awaits arraignment in Washington County on charges accusing him of Shawn’s abduction.

Winfrey’s broadcast was the first to include an interview with Shawn. The one-hour show also included interviews with Ben’s parents, William and Doris Ownby, and Kirkwood police officers Gary Wagster and Chris Nelson. The officers became suspicious of Devlin while talking to him about his white pickup truck parked outside his apartment on the night of Jan. 11. Such a truck was seen near where Ben disappeared.

Ethan Corlija, a lawyer for Devlin, had no comment on the statements on Winfrey’s show.

The Akerses said they thought their son didn’t escape because he felt threatened.

“I honestly and truly in my heart feel that in some way or another, he had to have felt either he was going to be threatened or his sisters or myself or his dad,” said
Pam Akers. “I honestly believed if the alleged person would have said, `You can
leave at any time’ everything would be fine, and Shawn would have come home in a
heartbeat.”

Shawn said he spent his days sleeping, watching television, playing video games and playing with friends, and he said he had told people a story about his life that his kidnapper had concocted. He said he was the “Shawn Devlin” who posted a question on his parents’ website asking how long they planned to search for their son.

“I was hoping to give some kind of hint,” Shawn said.

Craig Akers said he remembered the posting, but he didn’t take special notice of it “because you get so many weird messages.”

Shawn said he was grateful to Ben Ownby.

“(I feel) thankful that he held in there for those couple of days, and I’m sorry for what he went through, because I told myself a long time ago I never want any other kid to go through what I went through,” Shawn said. “But I am thankful for him holding in there, and I’m happy that he’s back with his family.”

The Akers said they never gave up hope.

“We’ve always believed that there was absolutely hope that he was out there and that we would find him,” Craig Akers said.

Shawn said he wanted to return to his old life: “Go back to school, spend time with each other, work on stuff, fix cars – (Dad’s) transmission needs it. It’s very comforting knowing that I’m back with my family, but then I’ve missed out on a lot of stuff.”

Said Pam Akers, “It’s definitely not the little boy that I had at 11. There’s going to be a lot of adjustments. . . . We just won’t let him out of our sight, and he’s just not
understanding that yet. I can tell that there is a lot on his mind. I can tell that I think he will eventually talk to us, that he wants to, but there’s still some distance between us.”

Kim Evans, family spokeswoman and office manager for the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation, said neither the Akers family nor the foundation received money for appearing on Oprah.

She said other media outlets offered to pay for the first interview, but the family chose to go on Oprah because they hoped to reach a larger audience.

“We wanted to get the message of hope out to as many people as we could that there is hope for their sons and daughters,” Evans said. “They took Oprah for that reason, because she has the largest audience. To my knowledge, there was no money involved.”

From early morning to late night Thursday, the family gave interviews with local, national and international news organizations. The family required each to sign a contract promising not to publish or broadcast any report on the interview until 6 a.m. Friday. One provision of the two-page contract required news organizations that violated the embargo to pay $100,000 to the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation.

Hornbeck tells of life in captivity

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Brian’s Predictions – A Hoax or for Real?

Posted by KindraLore on January 19, 2007

If you see my site’s name, you will notice that it is dedicated to Colton Levi Clark. According to his adoptive parents, Becky and Rex Clark, Colton went missing on April 20, 2006 around 1:30PM, right before an appointment with a psychiatrist and then later that day a social worker.

I won’t rehash the case here in this post. If you are interested in Colton’s case, which I hope you are, please look in my archives. Lots of information there.

In my search for Colton I stumbled across a site called Brian’s Predictions. I’m not sure how the whole thing works, but supposedly Brian goes into some sort of meditation and comes up with these drawings that are equal to what psychics call premonitions.

He did one for Colton and it in no way went along with what I believe happened to Colton and what the evidence showed. Therefore I put very little credence in his claims.

Last night someone that was reading my archives for Colton posted a tip on the blog Timeline Into the Disappearance of Colton Clark about the Brian Prediction for Colton. It made me remember Shawn’s so I went to look.

Here are his predictions for Shawn Hornbeck:


I believe that Shawn is alive and safe, and I do not think he has been psychically harmed. The boy was taken by a 37 year old man and brought to his apartment in St. Louis.


This is the man that took Shawn, he’s a short white man, approximately 5 foot five inches, wears very round glasses. The man has worked at a McDonalds in the area…and for some reason this is very important to the case.


This is the outside of the apartment where Shawn was taken and has been there ever since. Also says “he still likes to read”

Now he obviously got Devlin’s description way off. Devlin is 6 ft. He described the man as short, around 5 ft. Also, he said Devlin would be working at McDonald’s but instead was working at a Pizza place instead.

Check out the apartment sketch too though:

Brian’s Predictions – Shawn Hornbeck

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If it wasn’t for Ben, I might not be here right now

Posted by KindraLore on January 19, 2007

Shawn Hornbeck and his parents, Craig and Pam Akers appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show yesterday. (see previous post for picture)Craig and Pam Akers said that although Shawn has not discussed many details regarding his time in captivity with Michael Devlin, they believed their son was sexually abused.

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey on a show that aired Thursday, Shawn’s parents said they have not asked their son what happened on the advice of child advocacy experts.

“OK, I’m going to go there and ask you, what do you think happened? Do you think he was sexually abused?” Winfrey asked Shawn’s parents, Craig and Pam Akers.

Both nodded and said, “Yes.”

The parents of a kidnapped Missouri boy said Thursday they believe their son was molested during the four years he was missing, and his grandmother claimed his captor had awakened the boy every 45 minutes, apparently as a way to control him.

Shawn’s grandmother, Anna Quinn of St. Louis, told the AP Thursday that the boy has not spoken Devlin’s name, and that he has said little to relatives about what he went through. But Shawn did tell his family that at times during his captivity, he would be awakened every 45 minutes by his captor.

“Think to yourself when you don’t get enough sleep,” Quinn said. “He had to do something to get his cooperation.”

“If it wasn’t for Ben, I might not be here right now,” Shawn said. “I’m thankful that he held in there for those few days. I told myself a long time ago I never wanted any kid to go through what I went through.”

On another note, Devlin appeared via a closed-circuit video link during Devlin’s arraignment, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 in Union, Mo. Devlin pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping Ben Ownby, 13. Reason noted for the video appearance was for security reasons.

According to reports Devlin will have a hard time with his case since he had previously confessed. His lawyers are already vying for a change of venue, stating that because of all the publicity, Michael Devlin will not be able to get a fair trial. (umm maybe they should conduct the trial on the space station because I believe everyone has heard of this case unless you are living under a rock)

Link to Story

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O’Reilly Eating His Words – Prosecutor Says Shawn was abducted against his will. Period. End of story

Posted by KindraLore on January 18, 2007

(Shawn pictured in the middle sporting a new hairdo on the taping of the Oprah Winfrey show, along with his parents, Craig and Pam Akers)

Today’s latest story sheds more light on the Shawn Hornbeck case. Ironically, according to a Fox News Station in St. Louis, MO, Shawn was abducted at gun point and held against his will:

And while some may wonder why Shawn didn’t escape over the years, experts say no one should rush to judgment about a boy stolen from his loved ones at age 11.

“Most 11-year-olds taken from their support systems are in a state of shock,” said Dr. Sharon Cooper, a pediatrician on the faculty of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. “Their worry is who is going to provide their basic needs.”

Shawn, she said, was “was totally displaced from his family and home. This offender had established a new life for that child and he accommodated that.” The boy, she added, grew to accept Kirkwood as “his community.”

Cooper, a consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, also said it’s much easier to dupe a younger kid than a teen.

“When you take a pretty young child away from the city they live in, after a while the child becomes compliant and complacent in the environment they’re in,” she said.

At a news conference Wednesday, authorities charged Devlin with Shawn’s kidnapping and said the 41-year-old pizza parlor worker had used a gun to threaten the boy when he was abducted in 2002.

John Rupp, prosecutor in Washington County, dismissed any suggestion that Shawn had run away. “Shawn was abducted against his will,” he said. “Period. End of story.”

On the other Hand, News Hounds is reporting today that Bill O’Reilly came out to say “”Now last night, I said 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck might have accepted his kidnapping by that creep Michael Devlin rather than trying to escape. I also said I don’t believe much in the “Stockholm Syndrome — that is the captive becoming attached to the kidnapper. — It happens, but it’s rare.”

Looks like Bill will slowly be eating his words, and in the meantime losing viewers by the droves.

In the meantime Shawn accompanied his parents to Chicago for the Wednesday taping of an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show. He sat in the front row, gripping his sisters’ hands, but he didn’t answer questions.

In an interview recorded earlier, Shawn said he was frightened during those four years and prayed his family would find him.

Shawn made his first public appearance last Saturday at a news conference in his hometown of Richwoods, a rural community about 60 miles from St. Louis. Teachers, friends and well-wishers crowded into his old school — a sign outside read: “Thank God! Welcome Home Shawn” — and applauded him as he entered the gymnasium.

Shawn flashed a shy smile, whispered in his mother’s ear, laughed softly and clutched her hand under the table. When his tearful stepfather, Craig Akers, reported that Shawn and one of his sisters had spent much time the previous night reminiscing about their childhood, Shawn confided to his mother: “We remember everything.”

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Did Michael Devlin Join The Search For Bianca Piper?

Posted by KindraLore on January 18, 2007

According to the following article, maybe I was wrong for weeding out the Bianca Noel Piper case being linked to Michael J. Devlin:

Lincoln County investigators believe kidnapping suspect Michael J. Devlin used child abduction cases in their county as a manual for crime.

Detectives say there are startling similarities between the Hornbeck and Ownby abductions, and a 16-year-old case that’s still unsolved.

Tuesday, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives poured over volumes of case files and evidence bags from two unsolved missing children’s cases.

13-year-old Bianca Noel Piper disappeared in March of 2005 while walking on a rural Foley Road, and 11-year-old Arlin Henderson vanished in July of 1991 in rural Moscow Mills.

The recent rescues of 15 year-old Shawn Hornbeck after more than 4 years of captivity and 13-year-old Ben Ownby after more than four days, have given new hope to other families living in anguish.

“Hey, anything is possible, so we’re hoping and praying because that was a miracle, not just for one but they found two,” says Jim McWilliams, Arlin Henderson’s uncle.

The arrest of kidnapping suspect 41-year old Michael J. Devlin is breathing new life into the Henderson and Piper cases.

“We’re starting to recieve new tips that may be critical to either of our investigations,” says Detective Chris Bartlett of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

Detective Bartlet says they are probing two chilling leads.

Did Devlin participate in volunteer searches for Bianca Piper to learn investigative techniques he would use later to elude authorities?

“Whether he was a part of it, in it, or in the middle, or just watching from afar, he absolutley knew what was going on,” says Detective Bartlet. “I certainly believe Michael Devlin was monitoring our search and the disappearance of Bianca Piper.”

And he says, there is a startling physical similarity between Arlin henderson and Ben Ownby.

“If you put each of the missing photographs up, they’re both almost scary to look at, each of them, and the comparison between the two,” says the detective.

Detectives also say both Arlin Henderson and Shawn Hornbeck were on their bikes when they vanished.

Lincoln County investigators say if you have information that could help solve the Bianca Piper or Arlin Henderson case, you should call them right away.

No matter how small a tip, it could be the one they need.

News Article Regarding this Story

I also thought I would take both Arlin and Ben’s photo and put them side by side as the article stated:

I am not seeing a strong resemblance as the article stated, but maybe with Ben’s glasses off it would be different. However, all of the other facts remain very similar and as I stated in another post I do not believe Shawn Hornbeck was the first.

Also, maybe one of the reasons he had gained such control over Shawn, is by the time he got Shawn, he had mastered his manipulation of children.

UPDATE 1/17/07 4:17PM

An Anonymous poster presented the idea that the article misquoted and should have said Arlin and Shawn favored alot. Here is their comparison:


Yes, Shawn and Arlin do favor for sure.

UPDATE 2 1/17/07 4:43PM

Anonymous was correct in saying that the article I posted here misquoted saying Ben and Arlin favored, but it should have read Shawn & Arlin:

“If you were to take a photo of Arlin Henderson and you place it next to Shawn’s picture, there is a striking resemblance,” Lincoln County Lt. Rick Harrell said Wednesday.

Link to Corrected Story

Update 3 1/17/07 5:01PM

Ok, since I was comparing pictures, I had to compare Scott Kleeschulte to Shawn and Arlin. Scott is the 1st boy:


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