Adam MayesThe bizarre case of a mom and her three daughters kidnapped from their home in Tennessee, has just taken a turn for the worse. Police have identified two bodies found in a home connected suspected kidnapper Adam Mayes. Mom Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her daughter Adrienne Bain, 14, are dead.
It's the kind of story that makes you want to hole up in your house with the doors locked and never come out.If you did the math, you know that means that while Gary Bain mourns the death of his wife and eldest child, he still has to wonder where his youngest kids are. And he has to deal with the fact that the man police say is responsible for all of this is one he invited into his family's home.
We have become so wary in this society of strangers, but we depend on the people we "know" and "trust" to do right by our families. It's hard to reconcile cases where the known quantity turned out to be the problem. And yet, sadly, it's more common in criminal cases. Statistics show kids are more likely to be abducted by someone they know; women more likely to be raped by a known attacker, and so on.
And now it seems like the guy Gary Bain thought he knew is the one who took off with his wife and kids and maybe even killed two of them. Adam Mayes apparently knew the Bain family because he had and Gary were once brothers-in-law. They'd been married to sisters, and he was treated like an uncle by Adrienne and missing girls Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8. Mayes was so trusted that he is said to have been at the Bain house in Tennessee before the abduction because he was supposed to help with the family's move to Arizona. Instead, dad woke up on moving day to find his entire family gone, along with his former brother-in-law.
I'm not going to blame Gary Bain here. You can't foresee everything in life. These things happen. But the more bad news that comes out of this story, the more I hear the words, "You think you know someone ...." in my head. Let's hope that whatever good Gary saw in Mayes at least protects little Alexandria and Kyliyah and they're delivered home safe to their dad.
Has someone you thought you knew ever betrayed you?
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