Update on a post from February. Shawn Hornbeck was kidnapped when he was 11 years old and ended up staying with his captor, who repeatedly raped him, for four years. He was finally rescued when the devil (real name Michael Devlin) kidnapped a second boy.
When the story was first reported, Bill O'Reilly said Shawn stayed because he liked it. You can read the full statement here.
Devlin pled guilty and received multiple life sentences this week. From CNN:
During the Washington County hearing, Devlin admitted in graphic detail how he abducted Shawn Hornbeck in 2002 and described the point at which Shawn apparently turned from a kidnap victim into a powerless captive ...
"I attempted to kill (Shawn) and he talked me out of it," Devlin said Tuesday.
Devlin stopped the choking, but then sexually assaulted the boy again. Prosecutors say it was at that point that Shawn told Devlin he would do whatever was asked of him to stay alive.
It was a "devil's bargain" that kept Shawn under Devlin's sway, even as the boy had phone and Internet access, said Shawn's stepfather, Craig Akers.
"We know now the details that made him not run away," Akers said after the hearings.
At the St. Louis County hearing, prosecutors said Devlin kept Shawn tied for weeks to a futon or a couch, with duct tape over his mouth. Devlin left the boy alone when he went to work at the pizzeria during the days and returned at night to sexually assault him.
Prosecutors said Devlin also made a videotape of himself torturing Shawn.
O'Reilly has been conspicuously silent on the matter. I can only imagine how warped his brain must be to believe that a child would choose to be raped and tortured to get out of going to school.