Friday, September 01, 2006
Break in Johnny Gosch abduction mystery?
After the zany antics of White House man-whore Jeff Gannon in early '05, the "Internets" were abuzz with theories linking the mysterious bald man with a more-than two-decade old mystery that had it's roots in suburban Des Moines, Iowa - namely the mystery surrounding Des Moines Register paperboy Johnny Gosch, who disappeared while delivering papers on Sept. 5, 1982.
As I reported at Slice O' Life back in early '05, there were a lot of strange things about Gannon (aka James Guckert) and who he really was. He was basically outed as a male prostitute and frequent visitor to the White House after hours. Hmmm ...
Anyway, when the Johnny Gosch/Jeff Gannon connection was made, well, it was surreal. I think the whole thing peaked when "Gannon" appeared on a show denying his being Gosch, while taking a lie detector test. I still think there's a strong likelihood "Gannon" is Gosch. They would be about the same age.
Anyway, I was shocked to see today that Noreen Gosch, Johnny's mother, came forward this week telling the police and the media that some photos appeared on her doorstep appearing to be young Johnny and some other kidnapped boys, pictures taken within hours or days after his abduction.
"It's like reliving it," Noreen Gosch told The Associated Press on Thursday night. "But the bigger picture is, 'Why are they doing this?'
"Whoever had these photos had them for 24 years. I don't understand why they would do this now. It must be some kind of message."
Why are they doing this? Who are they? Are the photos even real? This needs to be seriously scrutinized.
So far, Raw Story and the excellent Rigorous Intuition blogs have picked up this story, and with RI, Jeff Wells has some of his usual, insightful comments.