It’s maddening to read that there were clearly opportunities to save at least one or two of the murdered kids but no one would follow up on the leads. This case is unique, I think, because unlike a child predator like Jerry Sandusky, these men weren’t satisfied to groom and molest boys; they escalated to murder and evidently didn’t care all that much about keeping their circle small so that they might escape detection. Kidnapping kids off the street and then dumping their bodies is a massive indication of contempt for the police, the law and the community, even though these people knew they would be on the short list of suspects for the abductions and murders. And the list of related murders (“suicides”) is simply shocking and implies that this region has been, for decades, effectively lawless.
I wonder how many more pedophile rings are operating today, there and elsewhere in the U.S. Certainly, central Pennsylvania has seen (short of murder) the Sandusky/”Second Mile” case and the current debacle of finding a huge nest of priest predators in the Altoona/Johnstown area. And while none of the child victims we know of were murdered, there is a D.A. that went missing between the first time Sandusky was investigated and the scandal blowing up nationally. Then there is a federal prosecutor whose death was called a suicide although the was stabbed in a number of areas and had many defensive wounds on his hads.d
I looked for the memoir on Amazon. This excerpt is so well-researched and well-written that I was eager to read the rest.