In St. Joseph, pain of Jacob Wetterling's abduction is still ne...

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A reminder of how much the public still cares came this week, when news broke of a Milwaukee man with a possible link to Jacob's case.
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Julia

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I was expecting my first child when this happened and I will never forget Jacob. It makes my heart ache to know that his parents have no idea if there child has died or may still be out there somewhere. If it's any comfort to them I hope they know that people have not forgotten Jacob.
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i can't believe this is being passed off as "news".

bulletin: a guy in Milwaukee has no connection to a 20 year old abduction in Minnesota. Film at Ten.

KARE even sent a schmo down to Milwaukee to "report" in front of the dead old man's house. He "reported" that they don't know anything and there is no connection according to Milwaukee police.
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If Patty would have watched her kids better, we would not have to hear about this all of the time. I would never let my two young children ride their bikes so far from home that late in the evening completely unsupervised. She didn't even know where her kids were if I remember the story correctly. I don't mean to come across as heartless, I do feel sorry for Jacob but I do feel that the parents were a bit negligent.
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we are jacob's hope!

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My prayers go out to the Wetterling family. I pray that Jacob is someday found safe and sound. I also pray the family will someday have closure on their long nightmare.
My God smile on the Wetterlings.
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How dare you make such an unknowing unfeeling pathetic comment. How many of us grew up in a small town, and NEVER thought twice about being out riding bikes with friends, playing in parks blocks from home, or not having direct parental supervision. Maybe if you read the article, and read what Mr. Allen from the NCMEC said, you'd understand why this case changed life for kids around the country! You are right, NOW, I'd think twice of letting my kids out riding bikes at night, but only because of this and others like it cases...twenty years ago in any midwestern small town, this was normal, acceptable behavior!
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If Patty would have watched her kids better, we would not have to hear about this all of the time. I would never let my two young children ride their bikes so far from home that late in the evening completely unsupervised. She didn't even know where her kids were if I remember the story correctly. I don't mean to come across as heartless, I do feel sorry for Jacob but I do feel that the parents were a bit negligent.
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EdW wrote:
How dare you make such an unknowing unfeeling pathetic comment. How many of us grew up in a small town, and NEVER thought twice about being out riding bikes with friends, playing in parks blocks from home, or not having direct parental supervision. Maybe if you read the article, and read what Mr. Allen from the NCMEC said, you'd understand why this case changed life for kids around the country! You are right, NOW, I'd think twice of letting my kids out riding bikes at night, but only because of this and others like it cases...twenty years ago in any midwestern small town, this was normal, acceptable behavior! <quoted text>
Two young children, many miles from home at dusk, even 20 years ago, equals unfit parenting.
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Jim, you're an idiot. Life in small town St. Joe was different 20 years ago than it is today. Those things were done by everyone and was accepted. And they were 11-years old, not 5. 11 year olds are capable of riding their bikes 1 mile to pick up a movie. If you consider that neglect by a parent, than most of our parents would have been locked up. Shame on your for blaming Jerry and Patty - you're pathetic.
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By the way Jim, they were being watched by a babysitter that night - not Jerry and Patty. What a heartless a**hole.
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Andy wrote:
Jim, you're an idiot. Life in small town St. Joe was different 20 years ago than it is today. Those things were done by everyone and was accepted. And they were 11-years old, not 5. 11 year olds are capable of riding their bikes 1 mile to pick up a movie. If you consider that neglect by a parent, than most of our parents would have been locked up. Shame on your for blaming Jerry and Patty - you're pathetic.
You are wrong - the boys were not both 11. One of them were 8. What other facts are you distorting?
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No matter what I don't think any parent deserves this.

I hope we all find out what happened to Jacob.
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You can argue all you want about whether kids should be out riding their bikes at dusk, but a child abduction can happen any time. My neighbor had an abduction attempt at the airport while she was holding her daughter's hand! Can't get much more attentive than that. Also, we had another attempt in my area last fall when a second grader got off the bus.

11 year olds ride their bikes all over our area. If they didn't, someone would complain that parents need to get their kids outside to play and get some exercise.
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Wookie wrote:
No matter what I don't think any parent deserves this.
I hope we all find out what happened to Jacob.
I'm not saying that they deserved it and Jacob certainly didn't. I'm just saying that they shouldn't have been so far from home, alone, at dusk, unsupervised. I am not heartless, I do feel sorry for them. I also think that Patty was wrong in trying to parlay her loss into political gain.
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How common a last name is Seitz?

I remember someone with the last name Seitz in college that was from the St. Joseph area.
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I think about Jacob W. often. My sons are 24 and 21 years old. My nephew is Jacob's age. His name is also Jacob. He was fearful for a long time after Jacob's abduction that the abductor was looking for other Jacob's who were 11 or 12 years old.
The Jacob Wetterling abduction changed the way many parents monitor and try to protect their children. I still wonder if his remains might be found close to home in the Cold Spring granite mines/pits or at the bottom of a beautiful Minnesota lake. If he IS still alive, I pray he is safe, away from his abductor.
Mostly, I pray for comfort for his parents, Jerry and Patty, the brother who was with him and his other siblings. No one deserves to lose a child/brother like this -- negligence is not the point here. The point is that those of us who were new to parenting learned even more deeply how to teach our children wariness around strangers. Gone are the days of my youth when I would walk to and from school with my older brother when I was in 2nd grade and it was nearly 2 miles away. Fear resides in the most unusual places ...
Still thinking of the Wetterlings.

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highland guy wrote:
i can't believe this is being passed off as "news".
bulletin: a guy in Milwaukee has no connection to a 20 year old abduction in Minnesota. Film at Ten.
KARE even sent a schmo down to Milwaukee to "report" in front of the dead old man's house. He "reported" that they don't know anything and there is no connection according to Milwaukee police.

I'm sure tired of the wetterling/media teamup. They seem to have a quota of wetterling stories per month...
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Jim wrote:
If Patty would have watched her kids better, we would not have to hear about this all of the time. I would never let my two young children ride their bikes so far from home that late in the evening completely unsupervised. She didn't even know where her kids were if I remember the story correctly. I don't mean to come across as heartless, I do feel sorry for Jacob but I do feel that the parents were a bit negligent.
This is a valid point.
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Jim there is absolutely no way you are going to convey your opinion without sounding like an ass. Maybe there is a reason for that.
That being said if you read a detailed account of what transpired Patty actually told the boys no. It was her husband that said yes. Should we single him out then? The only people that have a right to question parenting here are the Wetterilings and I personally don't think that there is any reason they should place any blame for this upon themselves. It was a freak thing that is terribly sad.
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I'm not saying that they deserved it and Jacob certainly didn't. I'm just saying that they shouldn't have been so far from home, alone, at dusk, unsupervised. I am not heartless, I do feel sorry for them. I also think that Patty was wrong in trying to parlay her loss into political gain.
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Then don't read them. That is exactly why I read the paper online so that I have an easier time choosing which stories to read. I get a kick out of you people who take the time to get on a message board to complain about story not being relevant. If you don't like it don't read it. You aren't being forced upon at all you're looking for something more to bitch about, it's pathetic.
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I'm sure tired of the wetterling/media teamup. They seem to have a quota of wetterling stories per month...
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Andy wrote:
By the way Jim, they were being watched by a babysitter that night - not Jerry and Patty. What a heartless **** hole.
That actually makes it worse.

Try to understand that Jim is only making an observation from another angle; and Patty did try to use her history for political gain.

But none of this means Jim is heartless. It means that the tragedy of what happened overshadowed the fact that leaving your kids with a babysitter with no directives (or hiring a babysitter with no brain) is irresponsible at minimum.

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