I remember this case well. I was pregnant with my daughter. I was scared. For me. For my soon to be born child. For all children everywhere. The world wasn't safe anymore. It never was. This crime magnified the fact that there are vile people roaming around, ready to pounce.
It was dusk. Three innocent little boys road their bicycles along a dirt road. They were on their way back from a convenience store with a video to watch. Life was normal and good.
They had no idea evil was lurking.
A man wearing a mask came out of nowhere and brandished a gun. He ordered them off their bicycles. He made them lie face down in the ditch and asked their names and ages.
He let two of them go. He snatched Jacob Wetterling. The boy was never seen again.
27 long years have gone by.
That haunting question...What happened to Jacob Wetterling?
I can't even imagine the pain those two boys have gone through. And the parents...I have no words.
This week, they got answers. Finally. After all these years. Not the ones they wanted, but gut wrenching, heartbreaking answers. Their Jacob was dead. Killed by a sociopath.
News outlets and papers tell the story. I don't need to repeat it.
I've spent the last few days processing. Honestly, it has been hard for me to sleep. I'm a mother. I imagine myself holding Patty's hand. Silence between us. Just being present. Mom to mom. Only, this mom (me) has her babies. Both of them. Today they are safe.
October 22, 1989 changed Patty's life forever.
Why her and not me? I'm so selfish to be grateful it wasn't me, because it could have been. It could have happened to any one of us. We can't always be with our child.
I weep for her. I pray for peace. I pray for strength. Most of all though, I thank God she knows what happened. Is it closure? I'm not so sure.
Closure is like turning the pages in a book and reading, THE END. Jacob wasn't some fictitious character. Jacob was a precious child. A beautiful little boy who was robbed of a beautiful life. Jacob was loved by a lovely family full of hope that he would one day return to them.
I'm so sorry, Wetterling family. I'm just so very sorry.
May Jacob Wetterling now rest in peace.