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October 08 Featured Case – What About Me? Siblings of Abducted Children

Posted by KindraLore on September 27, 2008

October 2008

This Month’s Featured Case

What About Me? Siblings of Abducted Children


In researching some old cases (Mainly the Jacob Wetterling case) I came across an article about a video produced by siblings of abducted children and how to cope. I wondered why I hadn’t seen or heard of this video before because it seems it would be of great comfort to others in their shoes and since I am constantly researching information regarding missing people, especially children; it seems as though I would have heard of it.

Regardless, I watched these children describe what they have been through and give encouragement and hope to those that may have also lost a sibling to such a rare event.

Although normally I focus on one case as the Featured Case of the Month, after watching the video, I knew this was my next one.

Jacob Wetterling Abducted

Jacob Wetterling Abducted

Jacob Wetterling

One that really struck me was Jacob Wetterling’s brother Trevor. Jacob Wetterling was just 11 years old in the winter of October 1989. He, Trevor and a friend were riding their bicycles home from a store where they had just rented a video, when a masked gunman came out of a driveway and ordered the boys to the ground. The man then asked each boy his age. Trevor was 10 at the time and their friend Aaron Larsen was 11.

The man ordered Trevor and Aaron to leave and not look back or he would shoot them. As they fled Aaron saw the man grab Jacob by his jacket. This would be the last time anyone saw Jacob Wetterling again.

When I watched video I felt as though I could still see so much pain in Trevor’s face. Now a grown man, he still bore the weight of being there at the time of his brother’s abduction. I am sure all of these years he has wondered what he could have done, why it wasn’t him. I do hope he has found some peace in knowing that this was not his fault and there was nothing a 10-year-old child could do in that situation.

Jimmy Ryce

Jimmy Ryce

Jimmy Ryce

Jimmy Ryce’s sister Martha was in the video. Jimmy Ryce was just 9-years-old when he was abducted, raped and shot by Juan Carlos Chavez.

Juan Calos Chavez - Abducted, Raped and Killed Jimmy Ryce

Juan Calos Chavez - Abducted, Raped and Killed Jimmy Ryce

Jimmy was walking home from the school bus when Chavez blocked his path with his pick up truck and abducted him by gunpoint. He took Jimmy to a trailer and raped him but when Jimmy heard the helicopters hovering above he tried to make a break for the door. Chavez shot him as he tried to run for his life.

Since Jimmy’s death, his family worked hard to enact The Jimmy Ryce Act (Jimmy Ryce Involuntary Civil Commitment for Sexually Violent Predators’ Treatment And Care Act), which was successfully by Florida legislature 1999. This act allows the Florida Department of Corrections to keep sexual predators in custody even after their sentences are completed if they are found to be still a danger to the community.

Molly Bish

Molly Bish

Molly Bish

The video also included Molly Bish’s sister Heather. In the Summer of 2000, 16-year-old Molly Bish was working as a lifeguard in rural beach area called Comins Pond in Warren, Massachusetts. According to reports, Molly was only at her post for a few moments before she was abducted.

In June of 2003 Molly’s remains were found five miles from her family home. To this date no arrests have been made in the case. Molly’s parents, Magi and John Bish have started the Molly Bish Foundation in Molly’s memory with the goal of spreading child safety.

Tamara Brooks (Right) and Jacque Marris

Tamara Brooks (Left) and Jacque Marris

Tamara Brooks

On the video was also Tamara Brooks’ siblings; Marcus, Robin and Erika. Tamara’s story turns out much better than the rest of these siblings’ stories, but nonetheless terrifying.

On August 1, 2002 sixteen year old Tamara Brooks and seventeen year old Jacque Marris were abducted by an ex-con by the name of Roy Ratliff. Before this day these two girls had never laid eyes upon each other, but the end of their terrorizing 12-hour experience would bond them for life.

Both girls were abducted from a remote overlook in the Mojave dessert where they were parked with their dates. Ratliff left their dates bound and took off with the girls. At some point after being raped the girls forged a plan to get out of their predicament and get out alive.

Meanwhile a manhunt was on for Ratliff and the two girls. At one point the girls took a knife from Ratliff’s holster while he slept. Jacqueline stabbed him in the throat and Tamara hit him with a bottle.

Their abductor opened the car door and the girls took their chance and literally kicked him out of the car. An Animal Control Officer spotted the stolen vehicle and police quickly converged on the area.

Ratliff was shot when he pointed his gun at one of the first officers to arrive on the scene.

Tamara Brooks, now 22-years-old, is an inspirational speaker and an inspiration to those that have been through such a traumatic ordeal as the one she bravely survived.

Summary

All of these people, these children of abducted children have very different stories. Some have at least the solace that their loved one has been recovered and grieve, while others still may never know what happened. Still, the pain is there for them all, and in that pain and the loneliness of losing someone so close in such a horrific way, they have bonded together. Hopefully the video can help others along the way.

I personally would like to thank them for sharing their story and making those of us who have never had to face such a tragedy, understand it just a little more.

The Video – What About Me?

Siblings of Abducted Children - What About Me?

Siblings of Abducted Children - What About Me?

Please click here for the video. Be prepared with a tissue. I know I needed one.

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Making a Difference

Posted by KindraLore on April 16, 2007

I usually don’t do these sorts of blogs (“plugging” other sites or what not) but I have found that there are some people out there working to make a difference.

The first one is Operation Cyber Tip. This site was founded for Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownsby, but it has grown into a huge undertaking. This website has set out to help make people aware of all the current missing kids cases and how they can report tips from the internet or other sources.

They also intend to hold all info on as many cases as possible in a database passing on any appropriate info to the authorities etc. Keeping all this info together in one place will hopefully help to notice similarities between cases and the like.

I received this the other day from them:

We have now set up a page detailing all the SEVEN suspected cases being used in the connections to Devlin.

It details all the abductions with pictures and age-progressed ones for those still missing.
Also includes annotated maps of the areas covered.

And a link to the discussions boards.

More will be added later. But now its up to others to look through the info and add to it.
The task force seem to want the publics help so IMO this is everyones chance to help.
Please sign up to the boards and add your comments. Any info – no matter how small is important.

That one tiny piece of info may help to solve a crime. You never know.
I’m sure Mitch Hults didn’t expect to solve two crimes in one day with his tip – did he?

They also have a message board for sleuths that want to discuss cases.

Visit Operation Cyber Tip

The second undertaking by people trying to make a difference was born out of the Christopher Barrios Case. If you are not aware of the Christopher Barrios case, Christopher was from Brunswick, Georgia. Christopher disappeared in March and his little body was found days later in a trash bag, not far from his home. The perpetrators were his neighbors.

According to this article:

According to an indictment issued Wednesday, convicted child molester George Edenfield and his father took turns sexually assaulting Christopher while the molester’s mother watched, then they choked the boy to death.

Visit News Article Sited

Born from this tragedy was outrage and people wanting to make a change. They are trying to get both Federal and State Laws passed called Christopher’s Law. This would basically signify that if you were convicted one time for child molestation, you would receive a life sentence. It’s basically a one-strike law.

There are obviously some kinks to be worked out with this one because I personally think they need to re-categorize sexual predators and not lump in 18 year old boys engaging in consensual sex with their 16 or 17 year old girlfriend. I know there was a case here in Georgia not too long ago where the boy got 10 years.

That said, I do agree that if you are predator of children, you need to be taken out of society so that you are not allowed to prey upon our most vulnerable.

Visit Message Board on Christopher’s Law
Sign Federal Petition for Christopher’s Law
Sign State of Georgia’s Christopher’s Law (if you are a resident of Georgia)

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