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

  1. Anonymous said

    Let me say first that I am not trying to defend O’Reilly nor attack you but, I believe that you comment on O’Reilly is misleading.

    As you mention in your post, O’Reilly stated that Shawn “might have accepted his kidnapping”. That statement in itself implies that he accepted a situation that was brought up against his will. O’Reilly never said that Shawn went voluntarily.

    However, we need to acknowledge that having multiple opportunities to escape over time, Shawn didn’t act.

    Chances are that either Shawn was psychologically manipulated or he found himself in a situation of having power over his captor and, first accepted and later on started to like it. (no need to go to school, able to play all day, maybe drinking, drugs, who knows)

    In any case the predator should be put in jail.

    Robert, Houston
    rpera58@hotmail.com

  2. Kindra Lore said

    I don’t think you are attacking me. We all have our own opinions for sure. However did you read the actual transcript from the previous night?

    Bill O’Reilly: You know the Stockholm syndrome thing, I don’t buy it, I never bought it, I don’t think It happened in the Patty Hearst Case. I don’t think it happened here…

    Greta van Susteren: Woah, Can I just say something?

    Bill O’Reilly: Yeah go ahead and jump in.

    GVS: First of all we don’t know all the facts, Don’t forget that Elizabeth Smart likewise had an opportunity to leave and she did not. She was on the public street for some reason when young people are picked up and taken under the influence of adults they are very receptive of what adults do. So I would not dismiss the Stockholm syndrome —

    BOR: The difference in the Smart case, and correct me if I am wrong, was this guy was always around the little girl and she wasn’t gone for the long period of time as this guy was. Now what we have learned — and this is why I don’t believe in Stockholm — this guy Shawn Hornbeck gone four years from 11-15. Authorities actually say that he taunted his own parents on his website. He’s got these piercing this is a troubled kid in my opinion —

    GVS: The piercings, a lot of kids do the piercings. As far as the taunting goes on the website I think what can be established is that someone on this particular login taunted the parents. Was it done from this particular computer? If it was done from this particular computer that means that Michael Devlin did it, or Shawn did it or someone with access to the computer… let’s not forget he is a kid…. He may be 15 now…

    BOR: No, I am not buying this if you’re 11 years old or 12 years old or 13 and you have a strong bond with your family. Even if the guy threatens you this and that. You’re riding your bike around, you got friends — the kid didn’t go to school. There’s all kinds of stuff, if you can get away, you get away. If you’re 11 —

    GVS: Bill it seems bizarre to me, I agree it seems bizarre. Why not run, why not yell, why not scream? But the thing I keep going back to is, what was Patti Hearst’s story…

    BOR: I didn’t buy that Patti Hearst story for a second.

    GVS: Why was she so willing to sign up with her kidnappers and like wise Elizabeth Smart, she had opportunity — nice kid, nice family, why was she unwilling to run…?

    BOR: Let me answer your question. This is what I believe in the Hearst case and in this case. The situation that Hearst found herself in was exciting. She had a boring life, child of privilege. All of a sudden she’s in with a bunch of charismatic thugs and she enjoyed it. The situation here with this kid is looks to me to be a lot more fun then when he had under his own parents. He didn’t have to go to school, He could run around and do what he wanted.

    GVS: Some kids like school —

    BOR: Well I don’t believe this kid did. And I think when it all comes down what’s going to happen is there was an element here that this kid liked about his circumstances…

  3. Anonymous said

    I agree with Bill O’Reilly 100%.

  4. Kindra Lore said

    I agree with Bill O’Reilly 100%.

    You know what. The shock value of comments and views like yours wore off on me days ago. As someone said to me recently; empathy is not a trait everyone possesses.

  5. Kindra Lore said

    From an article today:

    Schroeder would not say if Shawn ever tried to escape, but the sheriff and Prosecutor John Rupp said they wanted to dispel what they said is speculation that Shawn ran away from home and went voluntarily with Devlin.

    “We categorically deny that,” Rupp said. “If these charges do not clear that up, I don’t know what else to do to clear that up. Shawn was abducted against his will. Period, end of story.”

    Rupp would not comment when asked if Shawn was also kept involuntarily for the ensuing four years. Shawn was given freedom to ride his bicycle, see friends and have a cell phone, Devlin’s neighbors said.

    “There is a lot of speculation in this case about what Shawn should have or would have or could have done,” Schroeder said. “You can pose those questions about anything. I suggest people educate themselves.

    “This is something that is so bizarre that the normal individual cannot grasp what this then-11-year-old boy went through. There is no way anyone can project onto Shawn what he should have, could have or would have done. Nobody knows. Nobody was in that situation.”

    Article Quoted

  6. Anonymous said

    Maybe rather than guessing at what heppened in this situation, we should look for ways to be pro-active. Maybe in addition to the posters, park benches and TV spots, we need to communicate the message that if a child is in this type of situation, and can get away, we as a community will take action to put the kidnapper away. That way there is some feeling of security that could allow the child to run. The problem with this is that we have places of “restorative Justice” like Vermont where a child molester is let go on probation. IF I were the victim of that individual, I would be scared to death. You and I must step up and make sure we do what’s right to enable our children to feel safer and take appropriate action.

  7. Kindra Lore said

    we need to communicate the message that if a child is in this type of situation, and can get away, we as a community will take action to put the kidnapper away. That way there is some feeling of security that could allow the child to run. The problem with this is that we have places of “restorative Justice” like Vermont where a child molester is let go on probation. IF I were the victim of that individual, I would be scared to death. You and I must step up and make sure we do what’s right to enable our children to feel safer and take appropriate action.

    I definitely believe in tougher laws for anyone harming the most vulnerable in our society – children. Predators like Devlin or Joseph Duncan should receive the death sentence as far as I’m concerned and at the very least, never be out in society to be a threat again.

    Did you know that Kenneth Parnell, Steven Stayner’s abductor and capture only got 7 years for his crimes against Stayner. Longer than he held Stayner captive.

    In 2002 or 2003 he was arrested for trying to buy a child from a woman he knew for $500. He is now serving 25 years.

  8. Anonymous said

    I must say I’m puzzeld about the whole thing. Will Shawn now be a potential child molester. Thats what we need to be concerned about and get him help asap so he wont let what happen to him be the fate of another child.

  9. Kym said

    iam glad that ben and shawn are back home with they rightful parents,they say that kids can be brained washed at a very early age but what i don’t unstand is that how can shawn be given all of these privialages and not want to make some effort to go home he had a cell phone. I AM NOT taking up for michael not at all but i just dont’ understand and i know that a lot of people would agree. But we are glad that you both are at home.

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