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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:32 PM

Alabama Hostage Standoff: Jimmy Lee Dykes Seized Boy to Gain Attention


Feb 6, 2013 4:45 AM EST

The 65-year-old man who took Ethan hostage and engaged the FBI in a standoff wanted to get on TV and show how important he was, that he was the boss, sources tell Michael Daly.


What 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes wanted when he took his young hostage was to get on national TV and demonstrate to everybody that he was as important as he imagined himself to be.

“He’s a guy who’s a nobody who doesn’t feel that way about himself,” a source with intimate knowledge of the case says. “Grandiosity.”

The source surmises that Dykes saw all the media attention generated by the Newtown massacre and decided that school kids and guns were just the way for him to get a lot of attention.

“He figured if he wanted to get on national news, kidnapping a kid off a school bus was going to give him a platform,” the source says.

Dykes apparently planned to take two kids hostage from the school bus in rural Alabama on January 29, but they bolted out the back door as the driver confronted him. Dykes shot the heroic driver to death and was able to grab only a 5-year-old named Ethan.

much more:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/06/alabama-hostage-standoff-jimmy-lee-dykes-seized-boy-to-gain-attention.html

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DonViejo Feb 2013 OP
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ret5hd Feb 2013 #4
Archae Feb 2013 #2
Sheldon Cooper Feb 2013 #3
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #5
louis-t Feb 2013 #6

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:35 PM

1. Ok, how shocked should I be? Or rather pretend to be?

Tom and I talked about it. We even talked on a way to responsibly cover something like this...since we just may. It includes very little actual info that might help the hostage taker, and if a photo is taken of the PIO, will show a lovely sky.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:49 PM

4. I'm glad you found a way to make this about you.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:41 PM

2. Lee Harvey Oswald was like that too.

His own particular "cause" was his total support of Castro.

He was even on a local news program, filmed handing out leaflets.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:47 PM

3. Which is why it was a good thing that the media kept this pretty low key.

I'm glad they did that, and this jackass didn't get his wish.

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Response to Sheldon Cooper (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:56 PM

5. They kept a low profile

Because the police asked them too...for very valid reasons mind you.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:39 PM

6. Well, he got some attention.....

for all the good it did him. Asshole.

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