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Originally posted by Odium
Aruba has been used to smuggle people, human trafficing to South America before. She's probably been kidnapped and will be used for that. Venezuela has had a lot of similar problems and Aruba is not far from that and Venezuela is also a hot spot for want-to-be-terrorists.
Is anyone else getting the deja-vu tingle over this picture?
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
10 more FBI agents deployed to the case.
Who the hell is this girl? Is this a publicity stunt for the agencies involved, to make the State Department look kind and fuzzy? Is she important for another reason? Or is she just another high priority missing white girl?
Another interesting article on the subject. The above link questions the newsworthiness of these abduction stories. A good read IMO.
A great comparison of similar cases. This is a must read for anyone who truly believes there's no racism or favoritism in the reporting of missing persons cases.
And please keep it civil, I'm tired of having threads closed because some people can't control their racism, or their temper, or their big mouths. Just go elsewhere if you can't comport yourself properly.
You seem racist yourself with the fact that you are calling victims names like "little white girl", etc. YOU are the one that started the "racist" comments here. Also as far as the link about the 2 missing girls, of course the white girl is going to get more attention, NOT because she is white but because she was kidnapped at gunpoint from amillion dollar home which is not something that happens everyday so it is news. The black girl simply went missing which i am sad to say happens to a large number of kids everyday so it is not as news worthy. I do feel though that the large number of kids that go missing every year should be a bigger on going topic in the news though...
That hasn't necessarily been the case in Milwaukee, where some news accounts have reported that Alexis Patterson's stepfather has a criminal record that includes serving as the getaway driver in a bank robbery that resulted in the killing of a police officer.
"In my experience, the media tends to be attracted to cases that indicate a potential stranger abduction type situation," said McBride, with the Criminal Investigations Research Unit of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
"It's going to pique people's interest. Someone coming to your home and abducting your kid while you're sleeping. That could happen to any of us," said McBride. She notes that the public is less involved in the case if they feel there was some "lapse" in the parent's care of the child.
"I haven't seen a problem connected to race," said McBride. "In Arizona, we have huge Hispanic population, and we have had Hispanic kids go missing and the media goes all out."
Reports of child abductions made national headlines in winter 2002, and
intense media coverage continued throughout the summer. Frightening stories
of a stranger snatching a girl from her bed in the middle of the night or
two friends mysteriously disappearing from the same neighborhood became
front page news and aired on national television news shows.
The media attention devoted to this issue led to an increased awareness
among the public. News stories quoted parents expressing fear for their own
children's safety. State government officials became concerned and proposed
legislation to enact AMBER alert systems that notify the media and the
public immediately following a child's abduction. Even the White House
heeded these alarming stories, with President Bush holding a White House
Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children that brought leaders
together to examine the problem. Bush proposed increasing funding for the
Missing and Exploited Children's Program, which offers training to law
enforcement officers who handle missing children cases, by 26 percent in 2003.
The issue of child abductions clearly captured the public's attention, but
did the increase in media coverage reflect an actual increase in this type
of crime? Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics on child abductions
actually show that these cases have declined. The FBI investigated 263
abduction cases in 2001 and only 201 cases in 2002. These abductions
include children as well as adults. (A. Bell, personal communication, March
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
Now the statistics themselves are up for discussion in this case, because the figures vary depending on who you get them from. The 'official' statistics say about 150 children a year are abducted by strangers. The statistics from the VCA (Vanished Children Alliance) are much higher, somewhere in the neighborhood of 3000 a year.
As one of the country's oldest and most experienced missing children's organizations, VCA is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation providing nationwide and overseas assistance to families in all categories of missing children: non-family (stranger) abductions, family abductions, and runaways.
Police officers and three FBI agents, who are playing a supportive role in the investigation, took the two men into custody at two different houses in the southeastern town of San Nicolas, according to an AP photographer at the scene. More than a dozen FBI agents were on the island assisting in the investigation.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
I suggest you read that, or pick up a dictionary, before you make accusations of racism.
Your point about the difference between the two cases, how does it apply to this case? Was this woman abducted at gunpoint? What's the sensational angle here? How is "18 Year Old Girl Missing" groundbreaking international news material? The other cases were simply picked for comparison because of their relative similarity, obviously every case is different.
But tell me this, did the FBI deploy a dozen men when the little black girl on the South Side of Chicago got beaten, tortured, and stuffed full of rat poison in the stairwell of her building?
No, they didn't.
Does the state department mobilize everytime somone goes missing in a foreign land? No, they don't. Does the international news cover every 18 year old girl that goes missing on vacation? No, they don't. Not even close.
So why now, why this, why her? The only reason I brought this to ATSNN is because I'm looking for answers to those questions. Why is this one special?
It does'nt apply to this case but YOU are the one that put the link up saying that it was a racial thing that a wgite girl makes news and a black girl does not. YOU put the link up and made the statement, go read what you wrote.
As far as the case that is being talked about here, there may well be more to it then meets the eye, but again YOU are the one that wanted to make it look like a racial thing by your remarks in your first post. Also I do not need a dictonary to tell me that you have some kind of issues when you have to add the word "little" before "white girl"...get real...
Originally posted by TheBandit795
Humbled one. The girl is 18 years old. That's still a kid. So he's still in his rights to say "little".
Anyway, I've heard that it's two guys in a neighbourhood called "De Vuyst" arrested. De Vuyst is about a mile to the east from me.
Originally posted by SourGrapes
What's being said around your area? Most recent news I've heard is the police found and are investigating a bloody mattress.
Any speculation amongst the locals?