Here's a post from Mrs. Joiner who is the person I've been in contact with. She just posted this on the Open Minds Forum.
"I can tell you, I've spent a lot of time with this man, in person and on the phone, and I believe every word he's spoken. He came to visit me at
the office at least two weeks before I did the stories about him. He wasn't interested in doing a story at that time because he felt he'd really
been burned by the Associated Press. He wasn't wise in the ways of the media but that's another story.
He came to warn me. He felt I might be in danger and though we had never met or spoken before, he wanted me to tell me to be careful. (The AP story
was the only interview he did until I ran the stories this past weekend.) After speaking with Constable Gaiten he felt comfortable approaching me even
though I was "the press." In this line of work, I have become fairly friendly with law enforcement so the constable told him I could be trusted and
he wanted me to be warned, also.
Then he was afraid for his family, not himself. After a while he got past the fear and got angry. That is when he was ready to do the stories. He does
really want the "truth" and feels the government should help, not hinder, efforts to find out what it is that keeps coming to his property. These
sightings challenged his belief system-- it has rocked his world -- he won't ever be the same and he knows that.
Steve Allen is much the same way, but he is a man of means whereas Ricky is not.
His home is simple with concrete floors and barn tin and it is a rustic, small building. He built it and he's very proud of it and his family just
moved in recently.
His world is his family, he's soft spoken, and he wants to put them at ease. It seems that all were frightened and he had not told them of everything
until I did the stories. As an example, he didn't tell them of the man at 1 a.m. that he is sure wanted him to see that he could get to them.
There are still parts that he did not wish me to print and I honored his wishes. Part of his income is his livestock and the low altitude air traffic
was about to run them to death. All of that has slowed somewhat and the cattle are better.
Allen has resources (he's a savvy businessman) to help him deal with the situation.
Sorrells has his family and friends and they are supporting him.
He has taken some heat from his employer, a nationally known corporate business, that is not sure they like someone in the business associated with
something like this. That is why I didn't print anything about where or who he works for. He got called to the "big office" and that' s all I'll
say about that.
While I truly appreciated the concern for me I told him nobody with the military would contact me because they know I would write about it.
And, they haven't contacted me. I also told him that I thought the more press he got the better off he would be because if anything happened to him
fingers would be pointed in the right direction. "They" wouldn't want that. He's a lot calmer now and is taking all of this in stride. It's a lot
of attention for those of us not used to being in the "lime light."
Clear up some of your doubt? I'll try to get her on ATS. Might take some time so be patient. Or she might not, but I'll try.