Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I Hate Fort Collins

                                            PHOTOS/EDITS BY RUTH RADER
 
I felt so free and happy on the side of the highway yesterday. Yes, freedom was mine
when I sat in my wheeler and felt the wind from the grasslands ruffle my hair.

And then I arrived in Fort Collins, Colorado.


I hate Fort Collins. The people here are snooty, stuck-up and don't know me at all. They proved
it last night. Yes, they did.

Wherever I went with my wheeler last night, the people of Fort Collins just dismissed me as a
brainless homeless person. When I asked for directions or information, the people grabbed their
children and their dogs and hurried away from me. They left me standing on the sidewalk, dissed
and totally stunned.

The local homeless shelter refused to feed me because they said that I arrived there too late for a
meal. Domino's Pizza refused to deliver a pizza because they said that they "don't cater to
homeless people."

Finally, in an act of total desperation, I asked a young couple if they would be honest enough to
help me. I had enough money to get a meal but I needed to give it to them to complete the
transaction. I asked them if they would take my money and bring me back some food and drink.

They refused my money and brought me back some dinner.

But they are visiting from Arkansas...not residents of Fort Collins.

No one realized that I was suffering from the effects of a bad sunburn while I sat on a bench in
middle of the night last night. No one except that kind-hearted couple from Arkansas considered
my needs at all.



Shame on you, Fort Collins. You were once a true blessing to travelers on the road. Now
you're just a mecca for Ugly Americans. No open hands...just closed doors.

If you, Dear Reader, ever have the opportunity to visit Fort Collins, Colorado...don't.

Just don't.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lucas Hernandez Body Recovered







UPDATE: (JUNE 12): WICHITA EAGLE: MEMORIAL DETAILS FOR LUCAS HERNANDEZ ANNOUNCED

UPDATE: (JUNE 10): KMBC-TV NEWS: UPDATED STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY

UPDATE: (JUNE 8): ACCORDING TO THE CRIME STORIES WEBSITE, 
EMILY GLASS HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD FROM A GUN SHOT WOUND
TO THE HEAD. 

I'm suspicious. Yes, Emily Glass may have killed Lucas Hernandez...either intentionally
or by accident. But right now, this case is still wide open. And I'm not buying the story
that Glass hid the boy's body by herself. I think she had help. I know that Glass said
that she "couldn't do jail." But there were no charges levied on her when she died. She
told PI David Marshburn that she "did Lucas so wrong." And perhaps she did.
However, she didn't strike me as being someone that would have the nerve to commit
suicide. My gut is telling me that she felt very guilty. But unless she was all doped up
or something, I don't believe that she was filled with enough shame to pull the
trigger. I don't care how many notes she left behind. I'm not buying it.
But perhaps this is what everyone wants: To tie Lucas Hernandez death up in a tidy
bow and let it go at that.
There are a lot of loose ties and unanswered questions right now. And sadly, no matter
how many answers become available...little Lucas Hernandez will never wake up
alive again.

KANSAS CITY STAR: POLICE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

KWCH-TV 12 NEWS COVERAGE

KAKE-TV NEWS COVERAGE

KSN-TV NEWS COVERAGE



UPDATE: (MAY 31): I am waiting until all of the facts are in before I write any
more here. I am hoping that whomever is truly responsible for the death of
Lucas will receive a death penalty as well.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, the State of Kansas has not
carried out an execution since 1965. That's too damn long if you ask me. At the
rate that children are abused in that State, it's a wonder that anybody really
cares for their children in Kansas anymore.

High talk from an outsider?

No.

The truth is that the horrible snake of child cruelty has been slithering in silence
around Kansas for far too long now. It's time that the citizens of Kansas take a
stand and grind that serpent's head into the dust.

There's something very wrong going on in that State.

And don't respond by telling me that it's just as bad in every other State. I'm
zeroing in on Kansas because that's where Lucas died.

Opioids are a problem in other States. In Kansas the situation is much worse,
because in that State they're killing their own children at an alarming rate. And
every wooden cross, every balloon, every candle that flickers during a vigil,
every billboard, every sound bite and song that is shared on YouTube...will
never bring any of those dead children back to life.

There's your truth, Kansas...take a hard look at it.

None of you faced the end of your childhood at the hands of a terrible evil. Think
about it.

No one in Kansas will ever pretty up the sins that keep repeating over and over
and over again.

Little Lucas Hernandez is dead now and an unconscionable apathy still exists
across the State of Kansas.

Do something to reverse that problem.

UPDATE: (MAY 26): KSNW-TV NEWS: VIGILS, A CROSS AND STILL SEEKING ANSWERS

UPDATE: (MAY 26): CRIME ONLINE: WHAT GLASS TOLD MARSHBURN

UPDATE: (MAY 25): WICHITA EAGLE: DAVID MARSHBURN, EMILY GLASS AND GETTING TO THE TRUTH

KSNW-TV NEWS: MARSHBURN'S GAME OF HIDE-AND-SEEK

UPDATE: (MAY 25): KANSAS CITY STAR: EMILY GLASS BACK IN JAIL
__________

When I posted the photo of Lucas (above) I added the question that rings with
a sad relevance now: Why didn't you just love him instead?

And I am devastated now. My heart is broken.

How could anyone harm such a sweet little boy?

When someone informed me that Lucas had been found deceased, I burst
into tears.

I thank God for extending His mercy and allowing Lucas to be found. I
grieve for his family. I grieve for the searchers. I grieve for Law Enforcement
who had to deal with this situation directly today. But mostly, I grieve for
Lucas.

What were that little guy's last moments like?
__________

Oh Lucas...I am only gratified by the knowledge that you are now going to
be laid to rest with dignity, respect and love. Life failed you, little one...oh
how it let you down.

I am hoping that you rest in peace in a beautiful place. You surely deserve
that.

Justice must be meted out now. You deserve that, too. May God make it so.

Kansas will now begin to mourn. You voice wasn't heard loud enough in
life, Lucas. But your death has made you mighty. May your spirit send a
message to many people for a long, long time to come.

AMEN.

KAKE-TV NEWS UPDATE WITH LIVE VIDEO

WIBW-TV NEWS: INCLUDES LIVE VIDEO NOW

WICHITA EAGLE: EXPANDING COVERAGE

KWCH-TV NEWS: LUCAS HERNANDEZ REMAINS RECOVERED

FOX 4 NEWS: MORE INFORMATION

KSNW-TV NEWS COVERAGE



TIPS FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS (MSN)

The case of the vanishing child Lucas Hernandez gnaws at me. It sits in a corner
of my mind and makes me wonder. I have pondered the cases of Kyron Horman
and Lisa Irwin, for years. And now I am asking, "God, where did little Lucas
go?"

I don't care that he has a cleft palate that makes him speak a little differently. I
can just tell by looking at his photograph that when he smiles, he lights up
the whole Universe. That's what I believe.

Someone took Lindsey Baum (another case that I have followed for years) and
left her body in a remote, forested area. Every day and night thereafter, through
the cold snow and the hot sun of the seasons, year after year...Lindsey lay alone
but not forgotten.

I believe that on the day that Lindsey's body was dumped there...God dispatched
an angel to watch over her. Through the wind and the rain and the silences in
that wooded area...that angel stood guard and lovingly protected her.

On the day that the hunters walked through that area...God said, "These are
good people...let them find her."

And so they did.

I feel that this means something even greater than bringing Lindsey home to
where she can finally rest in loving peace. I believe that the discovery of her
remains is an inspiration to keep searching for every lost child
...even Lucas Hernandez.

I hope with all sincerity that Lucas is found. I pray for the rescue or recovery
of Kyron Horman and Lisa Irwin, too. My personal list began many years ago
when a little blond-haired girl with a magical grin was taken away by her own
mother.

She was kidnapped.

But her father, among other people, never gave up and continued to look for
her as the years passed by. She was eventually found alive and all grown up
in Mexico. Her name is Sabrina Allen.

Sabrina and Lindsey are finally home now. And I know that God is working
with His angels to bring Kyron, Lisa and Lucas home too. Please say a prayer
for all of them tonight.

To the person who knows the whereabouts of these children: You know that
God has given you a choice. Make the right one. Let us know where
these babies are now. Please help God's angels and bring these children back.

AMEN.
__________

UPDATE: (MAY 20): I am waiting to find out the result of
THIS SEARCH today. KSN-TV: No new leads made public after today's search.
And I don't know how private investigator
David Marshburn figures out his percentage points
(he says he's 70% sure he'll find Lucas)
but if he can make his formula work then I am all for it.

UPDATE: (MAY 17): Yes, Emily Glass was not charged with
child endangerment.

But in the aftermath, the Wichita Eagle had THIS to say.

Of course Glass was let off the hook...that sticks to the playbook that the judicial
system follows in Kansas...and why children like Lisa Irwin remain missing to
this day. No one was charged or convicted in that case and it looks like the same
thing is going to happen here.

You want to abuse your kid and make him or her mysteriously disappear without
facing any judgement for it?  Well then, move to
Kansas!

KANSAS: THE OFFICIAL CHILD DUMPING GROUND OF THE
UNITED STATES. SNUFF YOUR KID AND GET YOURSELF FREE!

There must be 50 ways to throw your kid away in Kansas!!!

UPDATE: (MAY 16): This article provides more information about what is
transpiring in the Emily Glass child endangerment case. However, the story is
not just about Lucas. And Lucas is still missing. WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST
LOVE HIM INSTEAD?

UPDATE: (MAY 15): COVERAGE OF EMILY GLASS CHILD ENDANGERMENT
TRIAL. @CraigAndresKSN

UPDATE: (MAY 11): WICHITA EAGLE: POLICE INTERVIEWS WITH EMILY GLASS

UPDATE: (MAY 10): KAKE TV: JONATHAN HERNANDEZ CHARGE AGAINST GLASS SON
Obviously law enforcement is not curtailing their investigation into the disappearance of Lucas
Hernandez. And the actions of Emily Glass and Jonathan Hernandez, leading up to the boy's
vanishing on February 17...are looking more and more suspicious.

What will it take to loosen somebody's tongue and bring Lucas Hernandez back?  Drop the
drugs and open your mouth!

UPDATE (MAY 2): KWCH-TV 12 NEWS FACT FINDER ARTICLE/VIDEO
Speak Up.

UPDATE (APRIL 24): The search is continuing for missing Lucas Hernandez. So are you
the one keeping silent about where he is? Are your actions worth what you may have
done to that boy? You know that your delusion of power is just that...a delusion. If you
are directly involved or have vital information and are holding back from sharing it...
know that your karma will come...you sniveler.

UPDATE (APRIL 14): It now appears that Lucas was either murdered or sold to a human
trafficker. I was stunned to learn that little Lucas was left behind when the Stepmother and
her daughter went to dinner at Olive Garden. Lucas must have been sold real quick to
someone or he was murdered when the Stepmother returned and she/someone else
disposed of that little boy's body. My question now is: Where is Lucas Hernandez's
remains? If he is deceased then where did his little body go? I am wondering if his body
is still close by the house. Is he bound up in an attic? Is he in a freezer in a basement? Or
is he in the trunk of an old vehicle that is hiding in plain sight?

UPDATE (MARCH 24): Weekend searches planned in a dedicated effort to find
little Lucas Hernandez. Please...either join one of the search teams or pray for
those folks who are going to give it another chance.

UPDATE (MARCH 12):  Texas Equusearch is apparently going to try to find Lucas
one more time. And just like the billboard that features the missing boy's face...it's
a good intention that will only matter if someone finally tells the truth.

It is tough to look at the bruises on Lucas' arms and the slap brands on his face.
Someone has either killed him, hidden him away (for what they think is his own
safety) or stolen him for nefarious reasons.

Child after child after child goes missing in this Country every year. We have a big,
bad and far too silent war going on in these "United" States today. And I am sad
to see that it now involves little Lucas Hernandez.

Stepmom Emily Glass wants to be released from jail on her own recognizance.
I really feel that she should be kept in incarceration. If jail life is beginning to
bother her and she has some loose ends to tie-up then perhaps it's time to turn-up
her stress level. Keeping Glass in jail a bit longer might make her start talking.

She wants to have a choice on where she goes...what choice does Lucas have
right now?

Should Emily Glass be more concerned about where she is...or where little Lucas
Hernandez has gone?

WLS-TV CHICAGO INCLUDES JAIME ORR VIDEO

LUCAS HERNANDEZ INFORMATION ON TEXAS EQUUSEARCH WEBSITE


TEXAS EQUUSEARCH COMING FROM TEXAS TO LOOK FOR LUCAS

THE WICHITA EAGLE UPDATE

UPDATE (MARCH 7): "It's a 5-year-old child, they don't just vanish into thin air"
said Lucas Hernandez biological mother, Jamie Orr.

My response?

Oh yes they do.

On June 4. 2010 a seven-year-old boy disappeared from his school in Portland, Oregon.
You can read about his case on the right sidebar. Kyron Horman's stepmother has been
under suspicion ever since. But she has never been charged. And Kyron Horman has never
been found.

Kyron Horman's biological mother, Desiree Young, has searched and searched for her son.
The case drew National and then international attention. But Kyron Horman still remains
missing.
__________

UPDATE (MARCH 3): The Wichita Police don't seem to feel that Lucas was abducted nor
do they believe that the little boy just "walked out on his own."  Lucas Hernandez has been
missing since February 17. That's plenty of time to gather and rule out some what ifs.

If  Lucas is alive and still in the Wichita area then perhaps it is time for the citizens of that
city to start looking hard in their own neighborhood.

Remember this case ?

All of that happened under one roof in a residential area for years. But nobody noticed anything.

Now I think it would be a really good idea for the people in Wichita to start watching
their local area. Pay attention. If you see something then say something. What that city needs
now is a group of Gladys Kravitz's keeping an eye on their street.

It is also entirely possible that a friend or extended family member waited until the time was
right and took Lucas away from his stepmother. That action might have been well-intended.
But that is not a legal or acceptable solution. If  Lucas Hernandez is alive then somebody
better bring him back. Lucas has rights and he won't  get them if an individual just stashes
him away somewhere.

Please consider my words.
__________


It's like Baby Lisa Irwin all over again...one minute he was there...and the next minute he
wasn't. And yet Stepmom was there in the house the whole time. "Oh I fell asleep" says
Ms. Glass. Uh huh...right. Shades of Baby Lisa Irwin. The amazing, vanishing child.

I bet somebody killed that little boy. And right now somebody in that family unit is trying
desperately to cover it up.

Why do I think someone murdered Lucas Hernandez?

Because it has now been established that Lucas was physically abused.
READ THE ARTICLE AND WATCH THE VIDEO OF BRUISES ON LUCAS HERE.

 In the world of the monsters that Lucas lived with...that little guy didn't stand a chance.



STILL LOOKING FOR LUCAS


Friday, June 08, 2018

In Love With My Life

    PHOTO BY BARB GREEN/EDITS BY RUTH RADER

What a day it has turned out be!

Yesterday, I started back on my journey back to Oregon...or Minnesota...or North Dakota...or Colorado.

THE BEGINNING

A 42-year-old man stepped out of a BMW and stood in front of me in bare feet. He was
well-dressed, clean cut, carting his bike and travel gear in the back seat of his tidy vehicle.

He offered to give me a ride 40 miles up the road and I accepted. A half-consumed bottle
of Starbucks coffee sat in the front console of the car. He had yuppie written all over him.

He started to ask me questions after he pulled his rig back on the highway. I responded by
asking him about him.

And that's when the words first floated into the open space between us.

"I'm thinking of taking my life" he said. And he spoke the words like he just asked me to
pass the salt.

Experience has taught me not to display a major reaction when a driver tells me something
like that (it's happened several times before). Instead I asked him why he said what he did.

For the next forty miles, the man spoke his peace. I chose my responses carefully. I was
completely aware that I was in very close proximity to him the whole time.

But I also knew that God was right there with me, too.

And so I told the man about his silent passenger. I told him about God.

We parted ways in a carbon copy of Nebraska's rural small towns. I don't know his status
now.



Then this morning, I read about Anthony Bourdain and Emily Glass...two totally
unrelated cases of suicide over the past few days.

And when I woke up this morning, I thanked God for keeping me in love with my own
life.

                                                    WRAPPED-UP IN AN A/C 
                                                     FREEZE-OUT!


Saturday, June 02, 2018

By The Light Of A New Moon


SCREEN GRAB FROM KATU-TV WEBCAM/DESIGN/EDITS BY RUTH RADER

Freedom. That's where I am tonight. I am in absolute freedom. Portland is still considering the
perfect possibility of creating its own Major League baseball team. And the Pacific Ocean is
whispering to me. Soon...soon...by the light of a new moon.