I know people who worked on this kidnapping case. I heard the sad stories. Like most, I assumed the worst. I don't know if what we now know happened, was 'the worst.' They are alive, and have a second chance at life.
I seem to have problem sleeping during big news events. I awoke last night with the Jimmy-Legs and Jimmy-Arms, and turned on the TV to try to go to sleep listening to Greta Van Susteren...she broke in with the story that Amanda Berry had been found. I used to have the above poster (minus the "Recovered") at my desk, because I took over the desk from somebody who had helped on the case. I thought it would be bad luck to take it down. On TV last night, they played the 9-1-1 call, wherein Amanda gave her location. I didn't immediately recognized the exact location, but they said it was on the Westside of Cleveland. I spent a lot of time on the Westside of Cleveland on other matters.
Its hard to imagine being held captive for 10 years. They refer to them as "women" because they are now adults, but they were young teenagers when they were taken.
Sadly, I spent hours parked one block away. Wade Avenue is a one-way street between a cemetery and a freeway - fairly hidden. From that location you can see any vehicle traveling north on the two major thoroughfares, West 25th and Scranton. This is called a 'choke-point.' The location of the house where the girls were held is 2 miles from the Federal Courthouse in downtown Cleveland, and a couple blocks away from the house where A Christmas Story was filmed, which is now a small museum.
The man who did this has an evil soul. The death penalty would be letting him off easy...
All you can hope is that there is justice beyond the grave for this type of person. They will never get it here on the Third Rock from the Sun.
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