Skip to comments.Kidnapper told boy his parents did not want him
Posted on 01/15/2007 8:27:11 AM PST by Halls
Kidnap victim Shawn Hornbeck was "brainwashed" into staying with his abductor after being told his parents no longer wanted him.
His kidnapper also threatened to shoot the 15-year-old after snatching him off the street.
Friends of the teenager have revealed Michael Devlin, 41, had at least three guns in the apartment where Shawn was held captive.
Tony Douglas, 15, who was Shawn's best friend, said: "We both knew there were guns in the house. Michael told us that he had the guns and were for his protection."
Shawn's stepfather Craig Akers, 45, has revealed his son's life was threatened by Devlin while he lived with him in a ground floor flat in Kirkwood, a suburb of St Louis, Missouri.
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Get the rope!
Oh, no. Who said he wanted to be with this freak? That's just insanity, to believe that. At some point, the kid probably just thought it was pointless to try to escape, and to make the best of it. By the way, on Fox awhile ago, a neighbor said he heard yelling and "thumps" from the apartment where he was being held. The kid was probably beaten regularly.
I realize the poor boy was brain-washed, but it still amazes me that a teenager of all things would be that afraid, he wouldn't call the police. When I think back to my son when he was a teenager....
I understand it happens but I am so strong willed, I always find it difficult to understand.
Do you remember when your son was 11? That's not a teenager..and that's when he was brainwashed.
But he wasn't a teenager then and even if he was, so what. Even adults are brainwashed. The mind is a beautiful but very strange thing.
Remember this kid was 11 years old when taken by a total stranger. He was told that his parents didn't want him, threatened with his very life, you know damn well he was raped by this pos and no telling what else. He was not a teen when this hellish nightmare began but just a young boy.
It is very easy to fool most people, look at those who vote Democrat.
It's really hard to comprehend what it would take to completely break your will and surrender to whatever another person said or did to you.
It would take less if you were a child and an adult were the other person.
Yes, I understand that Hildy. However, I have had experience with my own teenager and also we had my teenage niece come live with us for a year. What they believe as kids is often thrown out as teens and that's part of my difficulty. It is not that it happens just exactly why. Kids today are much savvier than I was when I was age 11. I could see my age group being brainwashed at that age far easier than today's children. Obviously by this case it has happened. I also understand the Patty Hearst syndrome where the kidnapped person eventually identifies with their abductor. It's just one of those areas of human psychology that I struggle with understanding.
I Agree 100 % with you Halls !
Even the Fox Newsreporters converted to Islam while being kidnapped & that's WITHOUT being RAPED Repeatly !!!!!!!!!
Shawn WAS ONLY in 5TH GRADE !!! The Preadtor is A FAT Skumbag & He intimated the hell out of the boy !
Who knows the Horrors the poor boy went through .........
Teenagers rebel. Not all but many and I'm surprised this kid didn't rebel against this guy regardless of what he told the kid. I am not blaming the boy at all, just trying to understand better.
it is hard to understand, for sure. I'm not sure I understand it completely. But I do know that unless we have gone through it ourselves than we will never understand, but we can accept that the child is always the victim no matter and never believe that Shawn or any other child like him wanted this and enjoyed their life with their kidnappers.
Well The Fox reporters converted to Islam while kidnapped WITHOUT being RAPED repeatly & Their Adults !
Shawn was 11 & in the 5th grade !
The abuse he suffered is full of horror !
I will not judge Shawn
He is not a normal teenager. This is a boy who experienced several years of being molested, verbally and physically tortured, and living in fear, pain, and probably shame. He was brought up to fear the consequences of not doing what Michael Devlin said. It's something that's been drummed into him since he was 11 years old. He may have eventually broken free of Devlin's psychological grip on his own, but it wasn't going to happen just because he turned a certain age.
Well. Thanks for clearing that up.
Can't begin to imagine. Horrible. This boy has a long road ahead of him. So very sad.
Devlin how did you make that 1 Million dollar bail so quickly?
LOL! GOOD POINT!!!
I cannot believe how many people at other cites (eg alt.true.crime) are saying the most vile things about Hornbeck. It's just like Steven Staynor all over again-according to the movie about his tragic life, he was all but run out of school after his return by macho thugs taunting him over what had been done to him by his captor. :-( I fear the exact same thing will happen to Hornbeck.
He was also told his mother was killed in a car crash.
"Get the rope!"
Did you say the same to the Durham 3? Lets hold the trial first, OK?
comments like this make me wonder how many other sick people share this view! DUMB KID? Real nice!
Could be Devlin's mom. ;)
I fear the same too. Let's face it, he's handsome boy. I'm worried out of jealousy and meanness he will get teased and/or bullied. I wish him the best.
I Agree 100 % , It's SUPER EASY to Judge Shawn when most Freepers at the age of 11 & in the 5th Grade are raped repeatly & who knows what else that sick ##### that bastard did to the poor kid !
Lawdude, obviously this is jut the view we would love to see happen today, that is guy hang for his crimes, but we are aware a trial will happen first.
Unfortunately that stuff is creeping up here on FR. Post 16 was unconscionable.
I hit abuse on that post.
thanks you, reading sick stuff like that here is disgusting!
Knowing from experience what high school is like, I'm not too optimistic. If I were the parents and could afford it I'd try to put him in a private school with stricter discipline to avoid just that.
Lets see... No evidence in the Durham 3
Little boys held against their will in this scumbags house.
Can lawdude please buy a brain?
There are sick, disturbed posters among us. Topics like these weed them out.
Ditto. We taughter our toddler the phone and address of our home and his grandparent's. We also taught him to stand up for himself and conservative principles. Others his age became wastoids. He has a fabulous job and a wonderful family.
I am not blaming the boy. I find it remarkable that in most of these stories we find stepparents, boyfriends, girlfriends, but seldom the mother and father still married to each other.
"I'm surprised this kid didn't rebel against this guy regardless of what he told the kid."
They also rebel at different ages. It's possible he would have in the time. Who knows?
Look at Shawns's face and his eyes and his behavior and then think about Elizabeth Smart and they're demeanor when both were rescued.
There's something missing. At least that's what I've observed.
They don't looked overjoyed at being rescued, they aren't demonstrative, their smiles look almost phony, like they're still playing a role. And they're embarrassed about what they've been through.
As much as everyone would like to show them as being typical teenagers by their asking for McDonalds and doing other typical teenage things, they aren't typical normal teenagers.
or one of Devlin's pedophile buddies!
I'm no expert but I think its very likely that once the second kid was "broken in" that Shawn would have been killed by Devlin.
I think that thats the reason why Devlin kidnapped again. Shawn was getting too old for him.
I didn't know they publicly announced this information yet (i.e. molestation, etc.). If teenagers run away and rebel against parents who do these things, then why wouldn't they rebel against a non-parent? I think it's more complicated than even this.
I tend to agree with you. So, we need to constantly pray for this boy that this doesn't happen.
I dated a guy in my early 20s who's brother was gay. Come to find out he was molested constantly by the neighbor across the street when they were kids. THey lived with their mother who was dying of cancer and she was always so sick she never could take care of her kids or know what was going on with them. When she died the children were sent to live with their dads, but they were never the same. My boyfriend fortunately was never molested.
Most boys who are constantly molested like this grow up to have sexual problems. We can only pray for Shawn and hope that he recovers from this nightmare.
In my opinion, far too little attention is being paid to the low-life perp.
I'd be very surprised if he's never been charged with some kind of molestation charge and that the LSM doesn't really want to report that.
did you teach your toddler also how to take down a 6' 4" 300 pound man also?
I believe you have said the most important thing yet. Nobody can ever know unless they have lived it and none of us know yet (I'm sure they aren't even through with getting all the facts from Shawn) what exactly this poor young boy has undergone.
Frankly, they can go to hell.
"If I were the parents and could afford it I'd try to put him in a private school with stricter discipline to avoid just that."
Yes, and fortunately St. Louis has, per capita, one of the greatest number of quality private schools of any city in the nation.
In the Catholic ones at least, yes, discipline is still strict, at least by today's sad standards.
Suicide bombers come to mind.
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