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Roberts told Schou he was out there in the dark at least 15 times in January and February, watching the Garcia family through their windows: "I would be right outside the house, usually at night. I noticed there was this older boy that was there, and I began to think that this kid was old enough to be in school. . . . And I began to wonder, 'Where does this kid go to school?'"
As a mother and grandmother, I find this very creepy. Last week, a child was snatched from her Orange County yard, raped and murdered by a predator. She could have been my grandchild; Garcia's little ones could be my grandchildren. None of us can afford to take lightly predatory behavior toward children.
There may be more to Roberts' confessions than the exuberant bragging of a publicity seeker.
Schou had a bit of fun with this piece, writing it as though he were Roberts' press agent. It was a departure from his usually impressive investigative work. What does he really know about Roberts other than his voter registration? What does Roberts do for a living? Where does he live? Is he a homeowner? Married? Children? Who is he, really?
Maybe Roberts has some inkling his behavior is abnormal. Perhaps he reached out to a reporter in hopes someone would read his story and help him before it's too late and he hurts someone.Mel Kernahan
Nick Schou responds: I respect Mel Kernahan but can say unequivocally that her attempt to link Duane Roberts' political activism with the murder of Samantha Runnion is among the most desperate and despicable political spins I've encountered.'LA ESTRELLA' SE FUNDIÓ
Gustavo Arellano responds: Why, oh, why didn't I get to see the concert? See next week's Lowballasschatter.THIS OLD COMBO MAN STILL FEELS THE BEAT
I left the paper that same year because, in those days, reporters were expected to work for nothing, just the joy of seeing your name on the byline. I had a family, and working 60 hours a week, six days a week, for low pay did not put bread on the table.David Hart