I wish to share my feelings about the beggining of the end!!!
As many of you already know, the Devlin case has affected me very much. This case started 5 years ago October 6th. On that day a boy named Shawn disappeared. I volunteered for search parties and spent many cold rainy days trying to find this poor boy.
After about a month, with no luck, most everyone resigned themselves to the fact that we had lost another innocent victim. As time passed, even I stopped looking at every 11 year old boy, to see if maybe I would recognize Shawn. Time passed and I went on with my life.
Then, this January, my world would come to a crashing halt. Another boy by the name of Ben, vanished. Six days later, prayers were answered. Ben was found alive, but the shocking part was, Shawn was also found.
These events were a major trigger for me. I became obsessed with following the news. I started to hate the stupid questions my friends started asking me about the case and "why didn't Shawn run" crap. I withdrew from the world. Isolation became my friend.
Now, 9 months later, I have begun working on my issues. I feel progress happening. I am now trying to get out of the house, on a social level, much more. I am also going to the Hope Springs retreat, and that alone marks major progress.
Today, Michael Devlin the pervert, has done the first deccent thing in this whole case. He has agreed to plead guilty, to all charges, to prevent Shawn and Ben from having to go through the long trial process. Details are coming out, but the boys won't have to sit on the witness stand and face their tormentor.
The prosecutor, in the first of three counties, used the phrase "Evil Incarnate"
to describe Devlin. For the next two days this perp will face two more judges and will continue to plead guilty. He was sentenced to "Life plus 20 years" for Ben's kidnapping. He will next face charges of kidnapping Shawn, then finally, he will plead guilty to the SA.
For more details: http://www.myfoxstl.com/myfox/
I am looking forward to the end of this entire, horrible case.
I am also glad the boys won't have to recount the worst of the details. I hope all of you will send your thoughts and prayers to Ben and Shawn. We all know the effects of CSA, and these boys have a long road ahead.
I wish you all the best, and I hope one day we can all go out for a beer. (socially speaking)