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    Default Bizarre: Picture of bound kid turns up on mom's doorstep 24 years after abduction

    DES MOINES (AP) The mother of a boy abducted 24 years ago said she's bewildered by two photographs left at her front door, apparently showing her son and two other children bound and gagged.
    The old photos appear to show 12-year-old Johnny Gosch with his mouth gagged and his hands and feet tied. The boy is wearing the same sweatpants Johnny was wearing when he disappeared while delivering newspapers on the morning of Sept. 5, 1982, his mother said.

    "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."

    Gosch said investigators confirmed the photos were authentic and likely taken within "hours or days" of the abduction. She said they were checking for fingerprints that could lead them to the source and possibly a breakthrough in a case that has long baffled authorities. The other boys in the photo were unidentified.

    "We are in the process of researching where they came from and whether they've been doctored up," West Des Moines police Lt. Jeff Miller told the Des Moines Register.

    Johnny's disappearance triggered nationwide fears of child abductions. He was one of the first faces of missing or abducted children to appear on milk cartons across the country.

    Several theories have developed since he vanished before dawn while delivering Sunday newspapers. His newspaper wagon was discovered near his West Des Moines home, but few substantial clues have surfaced since then.

    Gosch believes her son was taken by child pornographers. She told authorities he briefly contacted her in 1997 but feared for his life and declined to give details about where he was. She believes his abductors got him involved in crimes, which is why he is hiding his identity.

    The National Center for Missing Children is examining the other boys in the photograph and trying to match it with its database of missing children.

    "These kids have parents someplace," Gosch said. "I'm sure they feel the same way I did. ... Hopefully we can do some good and give these parents some peace."

    Johnny was Gosch's youngest of three children, and she has devoted her life to finding him, from raising money for private detectives to following her own leads and prodded police to try harder. She also wrote a book called Why Johnny Can't Come Home.
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    I cannot even begin to imagine this. He disappears, then a phone call 15 years later and now the pictures. Myheart breaks for this poor mother. I think I would physically implode if this happened to me and my family. The pain would be too intense.

    ***edit: Ok, this is one weird story. I just googled the kid's name and it appears he was one of the kids in that political sex ring Grimm posted a thread about a few weeks back. And then it gets really, REALLY weird: there is widespread speculation that this kid grew up to be Jeff Gannon, the fake repug reporter who turned out to have several aliases and had worked as a gay escort. Check out this link and just try to keep it straight. I'm kind of freaked out. http://www.rense.com/general67/gannn.htm or just google Johnny Gosch. It is bizarre, bizarre, bizarre. My head is literally spinning. The pics are at the mom's website, but they're pretty sad.
    http://www.johnnygosch.com/
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    Holy shit....my head is spinning now, too. The story really is hard to keep straight, I feel for the Mom.

    That political sex ring shit is beyond scary and sick, and the "media blackout" on this is even scarier. I hope this gets the press it finally deserves in the days to come.
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    i don't know if it is the same kid. but i remember seeing an unsolved mystery show which had the story of a kid who got abducted, and awhile later a person found a picture lying next to her car in a parking lot somewhere which showed kids tied up and blindfolded. she said a van had been parked in the next space over. it might have been this same kid also. i don't remember the story or the details that went with the story.

    i think her kid is probably dead and the psycho who killed him has been toying with her all these years.

    Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

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    But the son came to visit her in 1997 for a few hours before disappearing again.
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    Thats really horrible.

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    It's seriously the weirdest thing I've ever read.
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    Holy crap! I just read nearly all the links and I'm thinking BS on the government connection although anything is possible, but am curious to know more about the Gannon connection. Is it Johnny?
    Too ƒucking bizarre! I'm intrigued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luna View Post
    am curious to know more about the Gannon connection. Is it Johnny?
    I don't think so. Isn't Gannon a little too old to be Gosch?

    Gannon was born in 1957(according to wiki), making him 49. He evidently graduated from university in 1980. Gosch disappeared 24 years ago in 1982 at the age of twelve making him only 36.

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    GAnnon says he was born in '57 but isn't there alot of mystery surrounding his early life? I need to do more research. It's all so bloody strange.
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    I feel so sorry for this poor mom and what she must be feeling...it is unbelievably cruel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    GAnnon says he was born in '57 but isn't there alot of mystery surrounding his early life? I need to do more research. It's all so bloody strange.
    Why won't he just take the blood test?!?!? If he's so adamant, pissed off, and "physically and mentally hurt" by the accusations, just take the damn blood test.

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    Yeah, the not taking the test does make one think there is something to the rumors or whatever you want to call the idea that he might be this kid. Or maybe this guy is as fucked up as he appears and is loving the attention, no matter why it's coming to him. But I'd sure like to know.
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    Wow, just noticed today is the anniversary of the day he disappeared.

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    Goodness what a bizarre story.

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    Bizarre update:

    Sep 13, 2006 3:50 pm US/Mountain
    Photos Of Boy Kidnapped In '82 A 'Horrible Prank'?

    (KUTV / AP) DES MOINES, Iowa - What were believed to be new photographs of a boy kidnapped nearly 25 years ago, may have turned out to be a hoax.

    Johnny Gosch, 12, disappeared back in 1982 while delivering newspapers on his daily route. Authorities concluded that he had been kidnapped, although his body was never found. His photo became one of the first of a missing child to be put on a milk carton. A couple of weeks ago, someone left a set of photographs in an envelope on the doorstep of Gosch's mother.

    One photo, in black and white, shows a boy bound and gagged on a bed. Another is a color photo of the same boy in a similar pose with two others boys. One of them was initially believed to be Gosch, sparking a possible new break in the case.

    But now that hope has turned to confusion.

    A veteran Florida investigator says the photographs are not new, and that he personally saw them during the late 1970s while investigating another case -- several years before Johnny Gosch disappeared.

    "I remember this case," he said. "I identified the kids portrayed in the photos. It was definitely investigated by me several years prior to the disappearance of Johnny Gosch."

    Nelson Zalva says he was working for the Hillsboro County Sheriff when someone found the pictures and called. Zalva spent "a long time" identifying the kids. When he finally tracked the boys down, they claimed to have posed voluntarily for the pictures. Because of that, no arrest was made.

    However, Johnny's mother, Noreen, believes the boy in the photos is indeed her son, and that they were taken within hours or days after his abduction. She claims that in the black and white photo, Johnny is wearing the same sweat pants he wore on the day he disappeared.

    Noreen also believes Johnny is still alive. In fact, she told authorities that he visited her in 1997, appearing at her door with a man she had never seen before. Noreen claims he stayed for more than an hour, detailing his breaking away from a human-trafficking ring. Johnny reportedly told his mother that he was in hiding and would probably never see her again. Noreen believes his abductors got him involved in criminal activity, which is why he is hiding his identity

    Lt. Jeff Miller, a West Des Moines Police spokesman, said the investigation is continuing into who left the photos at Noreen Gosch's house.

    "If they are not of Johnny Gosch, someone is playing a horrible prank," he said.


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