Not Guilty?

Many people in the States have been following the story of the two missing Missouri boys who were found last week in the apartment of Michael Devlin. Mr. Devlin allegedly abducted Ben Ownby after he was dropped off near his home by a school bus. Fortunately, a classmate remembered seeing a truck in the vicinity of the bus stop and was able to accurately describe it to police. Police spotted a vehicle resembling the truck the child had described at an apartment building. Inside the apartment of the vehicle’s owner police found the missing boy and another boy who had been missing for over 4 years. Coincidence, I think not.

Mr. Devlin was arraigned this morning in Union, Missouri. He entered a plea of not guilty to charges of kidnapping 13 year old Ben Ownby. I understand the value of our country’s judicial system. Yes, everyone deserves due process. It is so frustrating to me when people who have clearly committed a crime clog up our courts, drain tax payer money and insult our intelligence with creative twists on why they are innocent or should be excused from punishment. I have no time for the Michael Devlin’s of this world. There is no doubt in my mind innocent people are accused of crimes on a regular basis. I can’t help but believe it makes it harder for the truly innocent to escape conviction with individuals like Mr. Devlin tainting our image of the Not Guilty plea. Of course, maybe I’m being too harsh and jumping to conclusions. Maybe young Ben was disenchanted with his life and begged Mr. Devlin, who just happened to be nearby, to kindly whisk him away in an old beat up truck to a new life in a tiny apartment with another missing boy and a strange man with child pornography on his computer.

4 Responses to “Not Guilty?”

  1. Michele says:

    As much as this frustrates me, in order for our judical system to be what it is, we have to allow this process. He has to be seen as innocent till proven guilty. I know it, you know it and we all know that he knows it too. But, everbody runs, everybody lies and the guilty always plead Not guilty. It’s just a fact of life.

  2. lisa says:

    Sigh. I know you are right Michele. I just hope if I ever committed a wrong against someone I’d be big enough to admit it and take my punishment.

  3. Peter says:


    This reminds me of the classroom management I do at school. If I call someone out for doing something inappropriate, against the rules or expectations more often than not their first response is to deny they did whatever. As they continue their defense the main thrust of their explanation is to say someone else did it FIRST… giving their previous plea of “not guilty” no legs to stand on. Their main objective is to first shed their own responsibilty and give it to someone else. What I hope people realize (myself included sometimes) is that, though harder in the short run, fessing up to your mistakes, taking responsibility for your actions, and changing that behavior (or making amends) is better for you and your relationships in the long run.

  4. beth says:

    Criminals aren’t interested in making their relationships better, unfortunately. Most well-adjusted people with some humanity will recognize their conscience and feel they need to be honest. But criminals like this guy apparent have little conscience or have adequately muted it.
    Luckily, for kids in classrooms, their teachers try to teach them to be honest about doing something wrong and fessing up is met with appreciation from the teacher, even if he or she is still gonna dole out punishment.