Had it not been for this man, a neighbor who heard the cries of one of the women held captive for 10 years, the nightmare would still live on. The 3 woman held against their will are now free and police and the FBI are trying to piece together how this could have gone on for so long. Many questions...among them:
--How could have been held against their will for that long and nobody had a clue?
--Were there any signs of trouble in that boarded up house?
--How did the neighbors not know?
This kind of incident is rare. The FBI says there were about 410 people abducted by a stranger in 2012. But the impact of young people and kids tied up in these situations mess with a lot of people's minds.
Times have changed. When I was a kid (you too I bet) my Mom and Dad had no trouble letting me go out and play unsupervised all day long. "Just be home in time for dinner" my Mom would say. Today, kids are almost always supervised with play dates and organized activities every night of the week. Kids are rarely away from home alone. Parents are freaked out because they think their kids could get hurt..or abducted by a nutjob. That's really too bad because free play helps develop personal creativity, a sense of independence and problem solving ability. When it comes to play now it's a "herd mentality"..strength in numbers.
I guess with freedom in this country comes a certain degree of danger and fear. Let's not forget Boston about a month ago, 9/11, or any other situation where our freedoms are in jeopardy. Let's also not stop living our lives either.