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Kidnap Victim Visible Via Xbox Community Site 119

Via Joystiq comes the confusing tale of Shawn Hornbeck. Shawn was kidnapped more than four years ago, and his absence has made his parents worry and left a hole in his friends' lives. He's been returned safely home, so there's a happy ending to this tale. Strangely, though, he has been publicly visible for over a year now - via Xbox Live. From the Joystiq post: "The GamerTagPics profile for Xbox Live user 'DevilDevlin' shows the kidnapped Hornbeck outside what appear to be [alleged kidnapper Michael] Devlin's apartment. The profile was created Sept. 4, 2005 but hasn't been accessed since early 2006. DevilDevlin's Gamertag reveals that someone played Saints Row on the account as recently as Friday. It seems likely that Hornbeck used the account -- a Washington Post story reveals Devlin's neighbors 'often spotted Shawn out and about, visiting friends on his bicycle or playing video games with the apartment door open.'"
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  • by Durrok ( 912509 ) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `skcushcetllac'> on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @06:44PM (#17637328) Homepage Journal
    He was possibly playing Saint's Row and he is only 15! That game has an M rating! One can only imagine what this has done to that poor child's psyche.
  • Kidnap? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Bob Gelumph ( 715872 ) on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @06:45PM (#17637342)
    Doesn't sound like kidnapping to me. "Hey kid, you wanna come play video games for a few years." "Sure, thanks mister"
  • by ganjadude ( 952775 ) on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @06:54PM (#17637488) Homepage
    gonna start looking through Xbox live users. You know for all the terrorist suspects and pedofiles (well you might find some of these type but) I can see it now

    bush -------- "halo is being used as a training device for the terrorists, we need access to the user database. NukeDukeum1987 has been posting terrorist threats -
    You are so Ded you think your 1337? bring it im gonna blow up your whole city than kidnap your son and make him my bitch-
    If we cant monitor these people, they have already won."
  • Worry? (Score:5, Funny)

    by avalys ( 221114 ) on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @06:55PM (#17637520)
    "Shawn was kidnapped more than four years ago, and his absence has made his parents worry..."

    It's only January, and we already have a solid nomination for understatement of the year!

    This sounds like something a third-grader would say while giving a book report.

  • Re:Worry? (Score:3, Funny)

    by zcubed ( 916242 ) on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @07:20PM (#17637960)
    Father: Hey, didn't someone else used to live here?
    Mother: I recall someone that use to eat all the food and leave a pile of dirty clothes, but I am trying to remember who that was.
    Father: Was he our son?
    Mother: Oh, that's right! Our son, I wonder where he is? I guess I should be worried about him, but it is nice not having to do all that laundry and cooking.

    Understatement indeed calling the parents worried after what was surely the most horrifying four years of their lives.
  • Re:Kidnap? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @07:27PM (#17638052)
    He had seen Devlin and the teen pitch a tent in the courtyard.

    Huh. Huh huh huh. Huh huh huh huh huh.
  • Re:Kidnap? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @08:11PM (#17638672)
    AKA Peter Pan and Neverland?
  • Peter Pan? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @09:01PM (#17639324)
    More like MJ and Neverland
  • Re:Kidnap? (Score:3, Funny)

    by niteice ( 793961 ) <> on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @09:06PM (#17639406) Journal
    National Association of Marlon Brando Look-Alikes?
  • by sho222 ( 834270 ) on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @09:16PM (#17639536)

    Goddamit I hate it that you can't edit posts.

    There is a handy preview feature though... Maybe it's disabled in IE7 - contact your tech support.
  • by Gerocrack ( 979018 ) on Tuesday January 16, 2007 @10:35PM (#17640506)
    His name is XXmastorCheefRoxorsXX (it's a family name, on my mother's side.) I hope I can find him on Live...
  • by ericlondaits ( 32714 ) on Wednesday January 17, 2007 @07:06AM (#17643956) Homepage
    I completely agree with you.

    I once met this kid, couldn't have been more than eleven at the time, that was accidentally left home alone when his parents and brothers took a trip to France. During the first days the kid managed to do the cooking, cleaning and shopping all by himself, no problem. But then, he found out that some burglars had targeted the house assuming it was empty for the holidays, so this brilliant kid first tried to make the house appear occupied by a full family through some clever tactics and minor inventions (like cardboard cut-outs which he animated with ropes and then projected through the curtains).

    Eventually the burglars found out the house was just occupied by a very small kid and did the same as the GP here, and assumed 11 year olds are helpless morons. They found they were wrong the hard way, when the kid rigged the whole house making it a lethal burglar trap by using the coolest rube goldberg contraptions you can imagine.

    I could also tell you about very young kids who found a pirate's gold while exploring some sewers... but I think I made my point.

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