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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 06:31 PM

Details emerge about man at center of Alabama hostage standoff

Source: AP

As the standoff enters its sixth day, officials paint a picture of an isolated man estranged from his family

BY BRUCE SMITH AND MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — As an Alabama standoff and hostage drama marked a sixth day Sunday, more details emerged about the suspect at the center, with neighbors and officials painting a picture of an isolated man estranged from his family.

Authorities say Jim Lee Dykes, 65 — a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War known as Jimmy to neighbors — gunned down a school bus driver and abducted a 5-year-old boy from the bus, taking him to an underground bunker on his rural property. The driver, 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr., was to be buried Sunday.

Dykes, described as a loner who railed against the government, lives up a dirt road outside this tiny hamlet north of Dothan in the southeast corner of the state. His home is just off the main road north to the state capital of Montgomery, about 80 miles away.

The FBI said in a statement Sunday that authorities continue to have an open line of communication with Dykes and that they planned to deliver to the bunker additional comfort items such as food, toys and medicine. Officials also said Dykes was making the child as comfortable as possible.

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Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/02/03/details_emerge_about_man_at_center_of_alabama_hostage_standoff/



Below, in comment #2, Sedona has excerpted a portion of the details. The full article is worth a read!

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DonViejo Feb 2013 OP
zbdent Feb 2013 #1
kelliekat44 Feb 2013 #17
KansDem Feb 2013 #21
Sedona Feb 2013 #2
valerief Feb 2013 #5
formercia Feb 2013 #3
Turbineguy Feb 2013 #4
jwirr Feb 2013 #15
formercia Feb 2013 #16
jwirr Feb 2013 #18
zbdent Feb 2013 #19
bmbmd Feb 2013 #6
freshwest Feb 2013 #8
lindysalsagal Feb 2013 #10
CreekDog Feb 2013 #11
lindysalsagal Feb 2013 #13
Tom Ripley Feb 2013 #14
AAO Feb 2013 #7
AAO Feb 2013 #9
Tom Ripley Feb 2013 #12
yardwork Feb 2013 #20

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 06:44 PM

1. "described as a loner who railed against the government" ...

so how long before he's painted as a "government-loving liberal"?

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Response to zbdent (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:24 AM

17. Seems there is a common thread running between the Navy Seal killing and this incident.

This man and the two SEALs killed seemed to hate their own government in whose name they killed many others. Or do they just hate their own government when a Dem is President? I just don't get why our society would want to be able to put guns so easily into the hands of returning combat vets without ...especially those with all the symptoms of PSD, alcoholism, spousal abuse records, and other anti-social behaviors.

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #17)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:04 PM

21. This 'toon might help answer your question...

Or do they just hate their own government when a Dem is President?


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 06:45 PM

2. Well, there it is....

Michael Creel said Dykes kept to himself and listened to a lot of conservative talk radio.

“He was very into what’s going on with the nation and the politics and all the laws being made. The things he didn’t agree with, he would ventilate,” he said.

James Arrington, police chief of the neighboring town of Pinckard, put it differently.

“He’s against the government, starting with Obama"

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Response to Sedona (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:20 PM

5. Another feather in Limbaugh's cap. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:04 PM

3. Another Acolyte of Hate Radio.

Not the first and it won't be the last.

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Response to formercia (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:08 PM

4. Another success for

Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and their ilk.

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Response to formercia (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:16 PM

15. I have thought it interesting that the NRA has not blamed hate radio for all these killings. IMO

I think guns, violent media/games and hate religion/radio all can contribute. All it takes is a mind that is susceptible to the message.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:46 AM

16. It takes a Village to make an Idiot

They keep hearing the same message from different sources.

It's in the NRA's interest to continue the 'Message.'

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Response to formercia (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:38 AM

18. That is so clear. LOL

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Response to jwirr (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:19 PM

19. They do ... in a way ...

just that they call it "the liberally-biased media" ...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:22 PM

6. Maybe Glen and Rush

should go on the air and urge him to release the child.

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Response to bmbmd (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:34 PM

8. That's an excellent idea. They could do something good - for ONCE.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 08:24 PM

10. Wow-That would probably work.

And so easy to do. I hope someone involved has suggested that.

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Response to bmbmd (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 08:31 PM

11. Good idea

I wonder if they are thinking of that.

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Response to bmbmd (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 08:41 PM

13. I just got a Midland Policeman on the phone and suggested just that. He said it's been handed over

to the FBI, but I asked this cop to at least forward the idea of Sean Hannity or Limbaugh onto someone who could listen.

Totally great idea.

I used my un-disguised cell phone, so they can trace it back to me if it works. If it does, I'll pm you so you can get the credit.

Fingers crossed!

Fabulous idea-
Sue

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Response to bmbmd (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 08:41 PM

14. Yours is not the first time the words "child" and "release" have been used in a sentence about Rush

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:30 PM

7. Just living in Midland City, Alabama could have sent him over the edge.

 

Not much to distract one from his own fucked up thoughts, and Fox News.

Sorry to anyone from Alabama.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:41 PM

9. yup, this guy needs a gun

 

Neighbors described Dykes as a man who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property, and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a firearm.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 08:34 PM

12. No good ever comes from a man with a bunker

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:24 PM

20. He listened to a lot of hate radio.

Michael Creel said Dykes kept to himself and listened to a lot of conservative talk radio.

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