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Shawn Hornbeck’s Story – Tomorrow Night on CBS

Posted by KindraLore on September 27, 2008

Shawn Hornbeck Now

Shawn Hornbeck Now

Since so many have been hitting my site regarding an old blog I wrote about Shawn Hornbeck’s story, I thought that I would go ahead and write this blurb.

I have backed off this case for the most part because Shawn is simply a hero to me in the way he has handled himself since he was rescued from the hands of a sick man known as Michael Devlin. I felt it was time to let him heal. I cannot imagine what he deals with still on a day to day basis because of his captivity at the hands of a monster.

I do know he got a lot of flack when he was first found and people including Bill O’Reilly wondering why he had not fled all these years when found out he had freedoms and did not run. I hope that if you still feel that way, you get your answers, and if not, walk a mile in his shoes.

CBS is airing Shawn’s first interview since the Oprah interview a year ago. It will be aired tomorrow night (Saturday September 27, 2008) at 9:00 EST on CBS.

God bless Shawn and his family.

For previous entries regarding this you can click here. Excuse the mess. I had transferred from one platform to another and my earlier entries did not come over as well, especially fonts and pics.

Related Articles and Sources:

Mo. teen recounts ’02 kidnapping

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Amber Alert Issued for 17-Year-Old William Alexander Benitez – Abducted at Knifepoint

Posted by KindraLore on June 20, 2008

Update 6/23/08 4:28PM

Great news! (three for three on the missing I have featured today! WooHoo!)

William Benitez has been found safe in Galveston, Tx. Police are still searching for his alledged abductor, Antonio Granado.

See complete news story Here.

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Original Blog

On Wednesday, June 18th at approximately 1:09AM, Rockingham County deputies were called out to a home on Stephanie Lane in Madison, NC.

According to reports, several people forced their way into the residence through a backdoor including a female, beat the family and took 17-year-old William Alexander Benitez by knifepoint, leaving in a 1993 black Honda Civic. William Benitez has not been seen since.

William Alexander Benitez

 William Alexander Benitez

Later the same day the Civic was involved in a head on collision in which the driver of the Civic got out and left the scene.

Investigators found a suitcase full of clothing, pictures and pay stubs in the vehicle. They have since tied those as well as the tag on the car to 18-year-old Antonio Granado. Authorities have since spread the search area from North Carolina to Texas where police believe the abductors are headed and where Granado is from.

Wanted - Antonio Granado

Wanted: Antonio Dejesus Granado

It seems this home invasion and abduction of a 17-year-old teen, may be part of a string of home invasions that have occurred within a span of three days.

On Thursday after the abduction of Benitez, two men stormed through another home, beating and pistol whipping its occupants.

There has been an Amber Alert issued for William Alexander Benitez who stands 5 ft 7in tall and weighs 162lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a blue-striped shirt and jeans.

His alleged abductor, Antonio Dejesus Granado is 18-years-old, Hispanic and is 5ft 6in tall with brown hair and brown eyes, weighing 138lbs.

There has been an arrest warrant issued for Granado, charging him with kidnapping and burglary.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Dana Taylor of the Rockingham Country Sheriff’s Office at 634-3238 or Crime Stoppers at 349-9683.

Related Links and Articles:

 Deputies say 17-year-old kidnapped; Amber Alert issued
Amber Alert remains in effect for abducted teen

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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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