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Keep Your Children Safe Boston! Robert Sicari, Child Rapist Freed

Posted by KindraLore on September 23, 2008

Keep your children close if you live in the Boston, Massachusetts area because today they are setting free Level 3 Convicted child rapist Robert Sicari.

28-year-old Sicari was convicted of raping a 10-year-old Cambridge boy in and underground parking garage in September 1997 after promising the boy a bike to lure him into the garage.

Three weeks later, his brother, Salvatore Sicari and Charles Jaynes kidnapped, raped, and killed 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley who was a playmate of the 10-year-old boy that was brutally raped by Robert Sicari. And in a similar move, Salvatore Sicari and Jaynes also lured little Jeffrey with the promise of a bike. Coincidence? I think not.

Salvatore Sicari and Charles Jaynes

Jeffrey Curley

Today they are not only letting Robert Sicari out of prison and free amongst our children again, but with no electronic monitoring what so ever. Reason being? He has to provide a verification of an address, which of course he does not have. However, our lacks laws will allow such a danger to our children out with no address? Amazing isn’t it?

A Cambridge judge has given Sicari 30 days to establish an address and telephone land line so he can be fitted with a global positioning system anklet. In the meantime he will be monitor free.

Even his own attorney admits that Sicari has no skills and he is coming out of the prison system into one of the most expensive cities in the country to live. And they expect this to turn out how??

Here is another scary aspect. I stumbled across this site for Prison Pen Pals and it looks like our old “friend” Robert Sicari was looking for a pen pal for himself. His preference? Boys or girls between the ages of 11-14. A convicted sex offender (in prison) with children pen pals?

Robert Sicari Prison Pen Pal

Robert Sicari Prison Pen Pal

(The bold entry was updated on 9/23/08)

Wow. I dont know why I didnt do this before BUT I just happened to go to the National Sex Registry and typed in ole Fred Pallas name since he was listed on the above ad. Guess what? You got it. He is a registered sex offender and is currently incarcerated. Check it out:

Fred Palas - National Sex Registry

Fred Palas - National Sex Registry

So even while in prison, Sicari was finding ways to converse with children! I wonder if he actually got in touch with anyone. If so he has their ADDRESS!! Notice he says he is FOURTEEN in the ad too! (I have contacted the Boston Police Department Sexual Registry Division and informed them of this). This is scary stuff!

Unfortunately I am sure we have not heard the last about Sicari. Too bad the courts feel free to experiement with these predators at the expense of our children. In my opinion he should have a)Gotten a longer prison term b) Been deemed a dangerous sexual predator and been held indefinitely or at least c) not allowed back into society without being able to be monitored.

Another scary issue is is that the public has no photo of this dangerous man (who will go out onto our streets HOMELESS). I tried like crazy to find one in articles of the case and such, but it was over 11 years ago and to my knowledge there aren’t any. Many states have Inmate Search Locator Sites in which you can type the felon’s name in and you get a brief history of the inmate such as stats and crime info, along with a photo. Unfortunately Massachusetts is one of those states that does not.

Once Sicari DOES register as a sex offender, the public will be able to pull his information up online through the Registered Sex Offender Registry. (Along with a picture). Until then, he remains faceless to the public and walks amongst us and our children clothed in anonymity.

Related Links and Sources:

Man who raped boy out with no monitor
Dad of slain boy decries release of child rapist
Curley v. NAMBLA
Kid perv has free pass for 30 days

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If it Walks Like a Duck, Quacks Like a Duck.. Jack McClellan

Posted by KindraLore on November 20, 2007

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I have blogged previously here and here about self proclaimed pedophile Jack McClellan. Since then Jack has been arrested for violating a restraining order by standing outside of a daycare (where the oldest child was three years of age) taking pictures. Attorney Anthony Zinnanti fought and won a temporary restraining order prohibiting McClellan from contact with ANY minors in the state of California hereby forcing McClellan to leave Santa Clarita and move to Portland, Oregon.

However, once there Jack did not receive an open armed welcome and Portland’s transit police made sure Jack was not riding TriMet after openly proclaiming the transit system to be a good place to watch little girls.

McClellan admitted to riding TriMet for long stretches to stay warm, which is in violation of transit system rules. As a result, McClellan was banned from riding for 60 days.

According to unconfirmed reports Jack the pedophile has hightailed it back to California.

It seems that police are also interested in the unsolved murder of a 10 year old Lakewood Washington girl, Adre’anna Jackson.

Adre'anna Jackson

According to Crime Library, on McClellan’s now-defunct pedophile web site, “Seattle-Tacoma-Everett Girl Love” McClellan provided a link to a news story on the death of Adre’anna Jackson and also listed area where she disappeared in a portion of his site labeled “Seattle-Vancouver Street Prostitution Guide.” He has professed attraction to a child actress who looks similar to Jackson and left his home state of Washington after the start of a billboard campaign to find the killer.

In the meantime, Anthony Zinnanti, the attorney that won the restraining order against McClellan and attorney for Ron Tebo (creator of anti-Jack website) has stated he and Tebo have backed off the campaign against McClelland after receiving anonymous threats against their families, and both having their children’s pictures put on pedophile sites.
Tebo’s anti-Jack site has been taking down for the most part with exclusion of a picture of McClellan and a message that states:

“If you have any information that is relevant to Jack McClellan please contact your local law enforcement agency or local FBI office!”

In the last month or so, after fighting with pro-Jack Web designers to have a photo of his son removed from the Internet, Tebo has been forced to withdraw from the feud, regroup and rethink his tactics.

“I’m just trying to stay away from all of this right now,” he said, during a phone interview at his home in New York. “It’s tiring, time-consuming and exhausting.”

Zinnanti has reportedly lost his law office and most of his business revenue. “This whole case has so severely impacted my life that I had to leave my office,” Zinannti said Friday. “I lost my law office and the money I once received is gone. I’ve lost 70 percent of my income.

“This whole thing has just destroyed my practice.”

Links and Articles:
Youtube – Interview with Pedophile Jack McClellan
McClellan Fight Taking Its Toll
Self-proclaimed pedophile leaving Portland

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Pedophile Site Shows How to Be a Pedophile – AND IT’S LEGAL

Posted by KindraLore on May 15, 2007

I came across this site because I have been watching a story I blogged about here on Jack McClellan and a New York father that decided to pursue Jack and make sure everyone knows what Jack is about.A Web site created by a pedophile is a virtual “how-to” manual, complete with the best places in western Washington state to see little girls, and tips on how to avoid getting caught by the police.

The site, titled “Seattle-Tacoma-Everett Girl Love,” has been around for a few years. The police know all about it, yet they said they couldn’t shut it down because the site is legal. After the article by Tori Richards on the Court TV site, Crime Library came out, Fox News jumped on the story and interviewed McClellan, providing a face to the anger parents felt over having photos displayed of their children on his site. The pictures were taken by McClellan at public events like parades and festivals. This New York Dad named Ron Tebo put up a website of his own donned http://www.jackmcclellan.com/ . McClellan shut the site down.

However, after McClellan seeked advice on another site called “GirlChat” message board, McClellan is now back with his advice on how pedophiles can lure in that little girl that they are chomping at the bit for. And guess what?? Its all LEGAL.This man, whether he touches a child or not, is provoking others to do so, even telling them how. And it’s all legal.

Are you scared? I am!

Other Links:

Pedophile Jack McClellan Seeks Advice on New Web Site

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Jack McClellan – A Ticking Pedopheliac Time Bomb

Posted by KindraLore on April 27, 2007

 I came across this story on Crime Library. Here are snips from it:
ARLINGTON, WA. (Crime Library) During the past few years, Jack McClellan operated in obscurity hosting a pedophile web site until his server shut it down this month after intense media attention.
The site that was a primer for all other liked-minded people with links like “Techniques to enhance the touch and intensify feelings of love,” “Washington law pertaining to prepubescent girls,” and “Other girl-love/pedophile links.”

Now McClellan’s back, but not in a way that he ever could have envisioned. A New York father of two young boys Ron Tebo, upset over McClellan’s self-professed attraction to children, bought the domain name http://www.jackmcclellan.com/ and has launched a web site of his own. It even features a clip of the interview McClellan, 45, did with Fox News.

This site also has a section for messages to where someone by the name of Jack McClellan posted:

“If I’m such a threat to children, then how come I was able to attend a hundred or so family events in the Seattle area over the last 2 years, and was only kicked out of one (and not because I was doing anything illegal, but because they simply felt that I didn’t fit in as an unaccompanied man).

“Like I’ve been saying in the interviews, this pedophile hysteria is way overblown: the vast majority of us with an attraction to children are no more out of control than the typical heterosexual or homosexual attracted to adults. In fact, I’m thinking about starting my own day care (which I can legally do, since I’m not a convicted sex offender) to further illustrate my point, and bringing the website back in the near future (probably without the more provocative pics).”

Kudos to this father for exposing this sick man that preys upon our children. As his banner line reads, “Protect our children from all Jacks”.

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Devlin Possibly Linked to Disappearance of Steven Kraft

Posted by KindraLore on April 22, 2007

As I blogged earlier, LE is focusing on other missing and murdered children as possibly connected to Michael Devlin. One of them is Steven Kraft.Possible link between missing boy and charged abductor

UPDATED:

BENTON TOWNSHIP (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – There is new information in the six-year-old case of a missing West Michigan boy.

Steven Kraft was only 12 years old when he disappeared back in February, 2001.

He was last seen walking his dogs in his Benton Township neighborhood in Berrien County.

For days after Steven vanished volunteers and police searched for him, but to this day he’s never been found.

The FBI says it’s investigating to see if Michael Devlin, an accused kidnapper whose arrest captured national headlines earlier this year, could be connected to the case of the missing West Michigan boy.

In St. Louis the FBI announced the case of the missing West Michigan boy is among several the agency is focusing on as they learn more about the world of Michael Devlin.

Devlin was charged earlier this year with kidnapping multiple boys. Police captured Devlin with the boys in Missouri.

In the past, the FBI says Devlin traveled the road where I-94 meets 196 in Berrien County to get to his parents cottage in Pentwater in Oceana County.

This is very near where Kraft disappeared.

“They’ve done a travel time line of Devlin and they’ve put him in West Michigan,” said Special Agent Al DiBrito of the FBI.

For Kraft’s family the new lead offers new hope.

“I actually think it’s a good thing, it can’t hurt keeping his face in the media keeping his name in the news,” said Kraft’s sister, Jodi Bopp.

“We haven’t found anything saying he’s dead, we haven’t found any remains. On the other hand we haven’t found anything saying he’s alive, so you just got to keep the hope and wish for the best,” said Bopp.

“All we do is hope for the best and hope someday he’ll walk through the front door or police will find him and release him and he can come home,” said Kraft’s father Steven.

New tips in this case can be phoned into the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
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New Charges of Attempted Murder for Michael Devlin

Posted by KindraLore on April 18, 2007

Update 4/18/07 8:18PM

The Devlin Task force is asking for the publics help. Please see this blog . (new photos of a very young looking Michael Devlin are posted there as well)

Also, of all the info I have seen about this case, Operation Cyber Tip is right on the money. They have came up with other possible victims way before the news got it, such as the latest one, Steven Kraft.

If you are looking for info on this case, go to their message boards. Lots of info there you may not have seen.

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Original Blog

In a press conference today, Washington County prosecutor John Rupp stated new charges were filed Monday against Michael Devlin of attempted murder, armed criminal action, three counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted forcible sodomy.

A copy of the charges state that Michael Devlin committed the sex crimes against “SH” on Oct. 6, 2002, the day of the kidnapping, and in the days after the kidnapping. The charges also said Devlin tried to suffocate the victim.

He also stated that they are looking for anyone to come forward that may have loaned Devlin a vehicle.

“We know for a fact that he drove a lot of vehicles that were not his,” Nothum said.Nothum said the task force has eliminated Devlin as a suspect in two cases, but is now looking at a case out of Michigan.

Investigators no longer believe Devlin could have played a role in the abduction of Angie Housman in 1993 and the disappearance of Bianca Piper in 2006.

Housman was abducted from near her St. Louis County home; her body was found nine days later by hunters in St. Charles County.

Bianca was last seen walking near her home in the eastern Missouri town of Foley. Nothum said investigators do not believe Devlin preyed on girls.

Now, the task force is looking at the case of Steven Kraft, 12, who disappeared in 2001 near Pentwater, Mich. Nothum said Devlin often vacationed with his family in that area.

The task force is still looking at two other eastern Missouri cases. Charles “Arlin” Henderson, then 11, disappeared in 1991 while riding his bike on a rural road in Moscow Mills in Lincoln County, about an hour’s drive from St. Louis.

And Scott Allen Kleeschulte was 9 when he disappeared while riding his bike near his home in St. Charles, during a thunderstorm in June 1988.

Nothum said Devlin was known to travel widely in Lincoln and St. Charles counties.

In addition, the task force is looking at the case of Dalton Mesarchik, 7, who was kidnapped in March 2003 from his front lawn in Streator, Ill., and found dead the next day on the banks of the Vermilion River; and Jacob Wetterling, 11, who was abducted by an armed man in St. Joseph, Minn., in October 1989 while riding his bike with several friends.

I have blogged previously that I thought both Scott Kleeschulte, Arlin Henderson and Dalton Mesarchik may have been previous victims.

I had someone on a message board state that they did not think this because Devlin had kept Shawn and not killed him; therefore only making him a pedophile and not a killer. However, I think these new charges of attempted murder prove otherwise. The question begs though, why didn’t he? Obviously that’s a good thing, but what stopped him from completely smothering Shawn Hornbeck to his death? The other question remains; were there more?


Visit Article Sited

Also see my previous blogs:

Update on Arlin Henderson
What Makes a Boy a Monster?
Dalton Mesarchik Slaying Connected to Michael Devlin?
Shawn Hornbeck’s Story
Photos may be Arlin Henderson?
Brian’s Predictions – A Hoax or for Real?
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Shawn Hornbeck trust fund set up at local bank
“If it wasn’t for Ben, I might not be here right now”
O’Reilly Eating His Words – Prosecutor Says “Shawn was abducted against his will. Period. End of story”
Did Michael Devlin Join The Search For Bianca Piper?
Michael J. Devlin – Could there be more?
Michael J. Devlin – A Monster Caught
Found Alive! Ben Ownby & Shawn Hornbeck
Another Child Lost – William “Ben” Ownby (And small update on Austin / Homer Clark)

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Convicted Pedophile Wayne Chapman Seeking Freedom

Posted by KindraLore on March 25, 2007

Update 4/18/07 11:11AM

Convicted Child Rapist held in a treatment facility indefinitely


A Lawrence Superior Court judge ruled today that Wayne Chapman was still sexually dangerous despite serving a 30-year prison term and ordered that the convicted child rapist remain in state custody indefinitely at a sexual abuse treatment facility.


Judge Howard Whitehead followed a provision in state law that allows people still deemed sexually dangerous to be civilly committed at a treatment facility for the rest of their lives. The ruling can be appealed annually.

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Update: 4/3/07 10:47AM

A small update on this story:

The decision on whether Chapman will be set free is now up to Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead, who yesterday heard testimony and closing arguments in a dangerousness hearing for Chapman.

Whitehead said he will give his decision on April 17, at 2:45 p.m. at Salem Superior Court, where he will be presiding.

Complete Article Found Here

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Original Blog

Convicted pedophile Chapman seeks freedom; Father of missing Lawrence boy objects to releaseBy Jim Patten , Staff Writer
Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE – Wayne Chapman was wheeled into a courtroom yesterday looking the furthest thing from being dangerous.Clad in a gray sweater, blue jeans and sneakers, he was pushed in a wheelchair by a burly court officer. His hands shook as he was brought to the defense table.

Chapman, 59, is a convicted pedophile, who, according to testimony, has admitted to sexually assaulting 50 to 100 boys, and even fantasized about killing and cannibalizing a child.

He completed a 30-year sentence in 2004 for raping two Lawrence boys, but has remained in state custody because officials believe, if released, he is likely to reoffend.

But Chapman is now seeking his freedom. He’s pleading his case to a Lawrence Superior Court judge who will determine if he is safe or a “sexually dangerous person” who cannot be released.

Yesterday was the first day of testimony in the case. In the courtroom sat Angelo Puglisi Sr. He is the father of Angelo “Andy” Puglisi, who disappeared from the state swimming pool in South Lawrence 30 years ago at the age of 10.

Police have long suspected Chapman was involved in the boy’s disappearance, but he has never been charged. Angelo Puglisi said yesterday the system will have failed him if Chapman is freed.

“If they let this guy out, the people who made the decision are just as guilty as he is. And they can all rot in hell,” he said.

Testimony heard in the jury-waived trial yesterday was graphic. Dr. Christine Schnier-Pierce, a forensic clinical psychologist, told the court she had interviewed Chapman in 2005, after reviewing all of the records available in the cases he has been involved in.

Schnier-Pierce recited Chapman’s history of pedophilia that he told her began at an early age.

“He said his offending began at an early age, as early as age 7, when he offended with a 5-year-old boy,” Pierce said.

In 1967, he was charged with offenses against a 12-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, while he was living in New York. In that case he walked the boy into the woods. The boy escaped and called police and Chapman was convicted of assault and battery in that case, Pierce said.

His next offense was against a 10-year-old boy, also in Pennsylvania, in 1971, in which he took the boy into the woods, abused him and took nude photos of him. He was convicted in that case, Pierce said.

While living in Rhode Island from July 1974 to June 1975, he was convicted of assault and battery and unnatural acts with a child under 16 from Fall River. He told his 9-year-old victim he was looking for a dog and lured him into a wooded area where the attack took place, Pierce said.

And in August 1975 in Lawrence, Chapman drove off an exit ramp of Interstate 495 and encountered two young boys whom he told he was looking for a dog. He molested both of them in a wooded area and was ultimately convicted of sodomy, open and gross lewdness, indecent assault and battery on a child and assault with intent to rape a child, Pierce said.

It was that offense that landed him the 30-year jail term that he completed in 2004.

Dr. Robin Quinones, a clinical psychologist, also interviewed Chapman. She testified about a 1987 fantasy Chapman admitted to in which he fondled and killed a child and then cannibalized him so no one would know.

The second revelation was a 31/2-hour audiotape Chapman made as a young man in which he talks about watching young boys get off a school bus and his resulting fantasies.

The tape, with sexually graphic language, was found in 1976 in an apartment rented by Chapman, and Pierce said Chapman admitted masturbating to it.

Prosecutor A.J. Camelio played a portion of the tape in court.

Pierce said Chapman was married in his early 20s to a 19-year-old woman but the relationship lasted only six months.

Chapman only married in an attempt to blunt his sexual desire for young boys, Pierce said.

“My opinion is that Mr. Chapman meets the criteria for a sexually dangerous person,” Pierce said.

She said during their interview he admitted to sexually assaulting 50 to 100 boys.

Quinones told the court that Chapman told her during their interview that he had sexual fantasies about young boys as recently as two years ago.

She told the court that in spite of the treatment Chapman had received over the years, it is her opinion that Chapman “is likely to re-offend if he is released.”

“My conclusion is that he is a sexually dangerous person,” Quinones said.

On cross-examination, John Day, lawyer for Chapman, elicited the admission from Pierce that she had not treated a pedophile since her internship and that during her interview with him, Chapman had refused to disclose some aspects of his activities on the advice of counsel.

Under questioning by Day, Pierce agreed there had been no evidence of sexual abuse since September 1976 when Chapman was 28 years old and that most recently, Chapman had backed away from his earlier claim of abusing 50 to 100 boys.

Day also noted that in 1991, a Superior Court judge in Lawrence had ruled Chapman was no longer sexually dangerous.

The trial, which recessed until Monday, is expected to last about three days.

“Under questioning by Day, Pierce agreed there had been no evidence of sexual abuse since September 1976 when Chapman was 28 years old and that most recently, Chapman had backed away from his earlier claim of abusing 50 to 100 boys.”

I would have to say that the reason he has not abused anyone else is because he has been in prison for those 30 years, where he should remain. Let’s hope this sick man stays behind bars and away from children.

Link To Story Sited

An interesting link to read that tells the complete story of Wayne Chapman as well as the disappearance of little Andy Puglisi can be found here.

Andy Puglisi of Lawrence, Mass., missing since 1976.

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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.”

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