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Encyclopedia > Shawn Hornbeck

Shawn Damian Hornbeck (born 1991) is a boy from Missouri, United States of America who made headlines when he disappeared from his family in Richwoods, Missouri, and later made headlines when he reappeared more than four years later. The police believe that he was kidnapped and raped by 41-year-old Michael J. Devlin.[1] 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Richwoods is an unincorproated community in northern Washington County, Missouri. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Disappearance

His family reported him missing October 6, 2002,[2] when he did not return to his home in rural Richwoods after a bicycle ride. Following his disappearance, his parents also appeared on several high-profile television shows to help gain national attention for the search. They enlisted the help of professional psychics such as Sylvia Browne and James Van Praagh, both of whom stated that Shawn was dead, and gave instructions on where to search for his body. [3] His parents founded the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation, a charity devoted to the search for and rescue of abducted children. October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Sylvia Browne (born October 19, 1936) is a bestselling American author on the subject of spirituality who describes herself as a psychic and medium. ... James Van Praagh (born August 23, 1958) is an alleged psychic medium. ...


Rediscovery

On January 12, 2007, he was discovered living with Michael Devlin in Kirkwood, Missouri. Devlin has been charged with kidnapping Hornbeck as well as 13-year-old Ben Ownby . He has also been charged with forcible sodomy. Since February 2007 he is being held on a $1,000,000 bond.[4][5] January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... – 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Kirkwood is a city in St. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about a form of sexual assault. ... François Elluin, Sodomites provoking the wrath of God, from Le pot pourri de Loth (1781). ...


Since being reunited with his family, Shawn appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and his parents have made multiple media appearances without him. His family are now attempting to stay out of the spotlight. Oprah Winfrey during her car giveaway to the entire audience. ...


While living with Devlin

Shawn Hornbeck was allowed outside unsupervised, while Michael Devlin worked as a manager at Imo's Pizza and also at a funeral home.[6] Imos Pizza is a chain of pizza restaurants in the greater St. ...


Oprah Winfrey made him the subject of the January 18, 2007 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. The show contained a pretaped interview and live introductions from Oprah. Oprah said during the live part of this show that Shawn told her off camera that he never tried to escape because he was "terrified".[7] He also stated that he often prayed to be reunited with his family. When asked if they thought Shawn had been sexually abused, his parents nodded their heads yes. During his stay with Devlin, Shawn did not attend school, but he had friends. Tony Douglas, a neighbor who lived in the same apartment complex, was Shawn's best friend and spent nights over in the Devlin apartment.[6] Shawn told Douglas that his mother had died in a car accident and that he attended a private school and was later home schooled. According to Douglas's stepmother, Shawn had seen coverage of his disappearance on TV but brushed off inquiries. "There was times when we would see something about Shawn Hornbeck on TV," Douglas said. "He would be in the room. We would even kind of giggle, you know, 'you look just like Shawn Hornbeck.' He never acted upon it, no response, nothing. He didn't look sad, get up and go out of the room, anything that would lead to us believing that he was actually Shawn Hornbeck."[8] Tony Douglas also was seen in a truck, with Shawn driving.[9] Students from Visitation Academy, a private girls school, say that on December 9, 2006, Shawn attended a school dance with his girlfriend, who is a student at the school.[10] Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. ... The Oprah Winfrey Show is an American nationally syndicated talk show, hosted and produced by Oprah Winfrey and is the highest-rated talk show in American television history. ... Homeschooling – also called home education or home school – is the education of children at home rather than in a public or private school. ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Some news organizations say he also may have posted messages to the guest book of ShawnHornbeck.com, the website his parents created to find him. At 1:59 am on December 1, 2005, a "Shawn Devlin" posted on the site's forum, asking "How long are you planing [sic] to look for your son?". Then at 2:56 pm the same day, "Shawn Devlin" posted on the forums again, asking if he could compose a poem for the family. The poem never appeared on the website.[9] Online profiles were also created on Yahoo, in the name of Shawn Devlin, and on MindViz.com, which described a Shawn from St. Louis..[11] Pictures were included, showing a boy presumed to be Shawn.[9] Yahoo! - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... MindViz is a social networking website constructed of 24 network extensions dedicated to providing free, extra functional and customizable profiles, photo albums, blogs, member polls, quizzes, instant messaging, live chat services, videos, internet-wide email service, music artist promotional profiles, and more for its members. ...


Why did he not return home?

Some news sources suggested Shawn may have fallen victim to Stockholm syndrome, in which hostages or kidnapping victims sometimes befriend their captors.[12] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


References

  1. ^ Missing US teens discovered alive. bbc.co.uk (2007-01-13). Retrieved on 2007-01-13.
  2. ^ Shawn Hornbeck's Mother Calls It a Miracle. Fox Television Stations, Inc. (2007-01-13). Retrieved on 2007-01-13.
  3. ^ Psychic's clues lead to new searches, but no luck. Daily Journal Online (2003-02-27). Retrieved on 2007-01-26.
  4. ^ Mitch Marconi (2007-01-13). Rescued! Missing Boys Ben Ownby, Shawn Hornbeck Found Alive. The Post Chronicle. Retrieved on 2007-01-13.
  5. ^ Fox 13 in Memphis, "Missouri Suspect Charged With Forcible Sodomy" Feb 5 2007
  6. ^ a b "Living with Evil", Newsweek, 29 January 2007, pp. 48–55.
  7. ^ Associated Press. "Parents of Kidnapped Boy Say on 'Oprah' They Believe Son Was Sexually Abused", FoxNews. 19 January 2007. Retrieved on 2007-01-28.
  8. ^ Hornbeck Seen For Years. KTVI (2007-01-13). Retrieved on 2007-01-16.
  9. ^ a b c Kidnapped Missouri Boy Apparently Had Computer Access. Fox News Channel (2007-01-15). Retrieved on 2007-01-15.
  10. ^ Students at Visitation say Shawn dated their classmate. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2007-01-19). Retrieved on 2007-01-19.
  11. ^ http://mindviz.com/profile.php?id=dirtbike_rider
  12. ^ Officers had 'rapport' with alleged abductor. CNN.com (2007-01-15). Retrieved on 2007-01-15.

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