Desert suburbia, religion, and cute titles

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I have to call it good writing.  It is certainly provocative.

This is perhaps great writing.  There are paragraphs telling a story and that is different than the splashes you usually get.  Even the cover picture–the vehicle out front with a missing child ad on the car–grabs and makes you think.  It is a lot like a missing child who not only is abused, but they lose that part of their life too.

I think if you are padlocked to the furniture in a foul place you have to leave.  The Turpin woman was eating pizza every other day.  The dork/husband worked at General Dynamics, Northrup Grumman, and Lockeed Martin and his was a wealthy, not backward, West Virginia family upbringing.  There are four immaculate cars in the driveway (not in the garage) and an awful lot of driver-age “kids.”

The brave woman who escaped was able to take pictures with the non-activated cell phone.

The British tabloids have been quick to expose the air footage and stamp-like lots.  It is a lot like Great Britain.  This one appears to back up to a freeway.

The kids’ stories will be amazing.  For now, no visitors, no TV, apparently no internet, and no (active) cell phones.  Probably no books–imagine if each of the kids had been forced to read the 100 greatest books of all-time?–either.

The parents…  Escaping kids and jail is not good.

Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy and very poor role models.  Perhaps marrying an already-awful rapist in jail was a clue.

Sisters and parents weren’t allowed to visit at the home.  That was a sign too.  More broadly, the religion and home schooling may not end up well either.

There is so much more to it it isn’t even funny.  First, and foremost, it gives insight and awareness to every kid who was ever abused long-term.  Second, and almost as important, it makes you realize there are people who just don’t get it and they may never realize it.

One of the British tabloids said the Turpins were getting ready to run again.  Another bankruptcy?  They are near broke given the public defenders.  Someone said they said “Goodbye, we’re leaving.”  The brave daughter planned the escape for two years and now was the time.

He graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in electrical and computer engineering.  (He must have been very internet literate, but the kids?).  He was raised just north of Blacksburg in southwestern West Virginia where his parents still live.  His brother was/is as he is on leave, a small Christian college president.   At 22 or 23 he eloped with Louise (7 years younger).

In Fort Worth, many of the quickie reports keep saying the couple didn’t live with the kids and they brought them food occasionally.  I don’t know what that means.

The woman eloped at 16.  Her parents did not allow TV or dating.  She was less than halfway through high school.  Look at her pictures or the many videos–she is scared to death.  She has no idea what is going on.

So he held down these jobs with benefits, more or less, until he left, was laid-off, went bankrupt and lost the house, or whatever else happened.  And she raised the kids.

This guy is certainly out there, as is this one, and him too.  I think the lineage just took a hit.

Way too brief and cut to the chase.  Phillip Garrido  and his just-as-gross wife, nobody cares about your “sexual problem,” manifesto, or anything else.  Most other people have “sexual problems” or something worse too.  Garrido got caught because he was out promoting his maturity and rebirth.  If you look a little closer into his past he was a schmoozer and charmer too…  He is/was full of himself:  an extreme narcissist.

Freud called it superego.  It is the part of humans that shows we are capable of more.  Clearly these are people who cannot function in society, but does that mean they can’t see it one on one, in other people, too?

In the David and Louise Turpin saga–they’re the only ones responsible–there’s a good chance the kids don’t know what is in store either.  Wait, the girl who called 911 didn’t know what a police officer is?  No, that was pills or medication.  You’d better buy stock in gofundme for this one.  Sorry, that was a bad joke.  The point is this wasn’t just a rescue and they probably don’t know what is going to happen to their parents or themselves; already there has been an outpouring of “intolerable” and toys for the kids, respectively.

There are four cars in the driveway, presumably they can drive them?

As Jaycee Dugard seems to have proven, there is life after, as they say, for people for whom it is going to be a long road to recovery.  Seriously there is every reason to think the kids will be fine and a whole lot better off.  How ’bout bible school in West Virginia?  Another awful jab.  This one is in California and as Dugard knows, $20 million from the state can be a start to recovery.  A super Mom (these kids don’t have that), helps too.  But beware evangelical relatives who have experienced and know all about abuse!

What’s his face Turpin, the ancestor, the one who is affectionately referred-to as a Southern wanderer…  Was that the plan, the modus operandi?  Trash the sh*t out of the house, foreclose, and declare bankruptcy?  Sleuths in England have determined the family (the parents) were saying their goodbyes.  Maybe more than one of the kids decided they didn’t want to do that again.

We’ll see.  Who needs the journals when you have 12 witnesses?


The city, county, or neighborhood made them put in new sod?  It would be better to water it at night…