The Adam Mayes case just keeps getting more bizarre. Police still haven't been able to track down the man suspected of murdering Tennessee mom JoAnn Bain and her 14-year-old daughter Adrienne Bain. He's still on the loose, the two youngest Bain girls are still missing, and he's officially landed himself on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List.
But if there is such thing as "good" news when two children are missing and believed to be with a mad man (is there, really?), there is this: Adam Mayes' relatives say he thinks that missing girls Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, are his own daughters.
Confused? Me too!
Apparently Mayes' ex-wife Teresa, who has been arrested and charged with participating in the murders of JoAnn and Adrienne at their Tennessee home, always suspected her husband had an affair with the mom of three. Whether that's true or not, we don't know. JoAnn was married to Gary Bain, who was supposed to be Adam Mayes' close friend (and one-time brother-in-law). I hate to cast aspersions on the character of a woman who is no longer able to defend herself. But in cases this horrible, you take the "good" where you can get it.
And how is this good? Well, that's complicated. The big thing here is that if Adam Mayes thinks these little girls are his daughters, if he thought they were so important that he (allegedly) murdered two people to get them, the hope is that he actually cares about them enough to keep them safe. It's a slim hope, but what is our alternative, folks?
The other "good" thing here is this could finally pin down Mayes' motive. He's no longer some sainted friend of the family who just snapped one day. He's a guy who thinks he had to watch his daughters call another man Daddy.
It's not normal or sane or much of an excuse, but at least it makes sense. And if we can make sense of this horrific crime, perhaps we can finally figure out his next move ... and bring these girls home.
What do you make of this tangled web between the Bain and Mayes families?
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