Man Holding 5-Year-Old Hostage in Underground Bunker May Have a Reason After All (VIDEO)

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We might finally have a motive as to why Alabama "survivalist" Jimmy Lee Dykes kidnapped a 5-year-old boy off a school bus after shooting the driver and has since held him hostage in an underground bunker. The standoff is going on its fifth day. Dykes reportedly made an offer to authorities on the kidnapping's first day that if a reporter told his story, he'd let the boy go. So far that hasn't happened. But what's the story Dykes wants to tell?

Reportedly, Dykes wants the world to know how the "government screwed him." Dykes is said by neighbors to be mean, threatening, and paranoid. He's also a Vietnam veteran. The bunker is reportedly wired with explosives and pipe bombs. Authorities are now communicating with him via a special phone.

So it sounds kind of easy -- send down a reporter, get the 5-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndome out of there. I'm sure there are plenty of reporters who would take his place. But negotiators must not be doing it for a reason -- and the reason is probably that then they might end up with another hostage.

Dykes certainly wouldn't be the first criminal to want media attention. The  Unibomber, Ted Kaczynski, was finally caught because the New York Times and the Washington Post agreed to publish his "manifesto," and his brother recognized it as Ted's words. His brother turned him in.

From Son of Sam to the Green River Killer to BTK to John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman, notorious criminals have had media attention as a motivating factor in their horrendous crimes.

If it's true that Dykes was demanding a reporter in exchange for the boy, there must be a reason it hasn't been done yet. Perhaps he changed his mind, or the demands were bizarre, or he insisted the reporter come down before the boy was released. Or maybe the authorities just wanted to continue to have a bargaining chip.

The fact that Dykes hasn't killed the boy yet is a good sign -- if he'd wanted to do it, he would have done it right away. He wants something else. Now if only negotiators can figure out what.

What do you think negotiators should do?

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PonyC... PonyChaser

Send in Chuck Norris. Ok, I'm being flip. But I'm serious, in a way. There has got to be someone out there, a former Seal, some government black-ops assassin who knows how to kill a man with the fingernail on his pinkie. Send him in as the "reporter" with another just like him who is going to bring the child back out.

And yes, I know, it's straight out of a movie and if it could have been done that way, I'm sure it would have. *sigh* Sometimes it would be nice if life was like the movies, wouldn't it?

Melan... MelanieJK

I think they're probably doing what they should.     He's clearly not entirely insane if he's capable of taking care of himself so they might be able to find moments when they can reason with him.    It's hard to sustain the emotions that would be involved in this and he's pretty old so one would expect (hope!) that he'll wear down rather than go off.

kelti... kelticmom

My worry is if they try some sort of rescue attempt, or even if the old codger collapses with a heart attack, that he has the door booby trapped to blow if it's opened from the outside.


You can be seriously insane and take care of yourself,look at Kaczinski.

jalaz77 jalaz77

He still doesn't have reason after all, great title, btw?! This man is mental and obviously isn't compliant with his meds.

bills... billsfan1104

Jalaz, I thought the same thing.

nonmember avatar Krig101

The boy is alive because he knows if he kills him then police will shoot him dead. They should have put a volunteet reporter in place of that boy. A small child does not deserve this!

LuvMy... LuvMyDandD

I think "hostage exchange" goes against negotiation rules. I wish it didn't though, because I'm sure there are people willing to go down there to send this baby back to his parents.

Guido Kyosuke

he just wants attention<img src="" width="1">

expat... expatalfa

And the "Reason" for the misleading title would be to get hits and comments I guess, hmmm?


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