It has been almost two years since Oprah Winfrey asked the parents of Shawn Hornbeck, “OK, I’m gonna go there and ask you, what do you think happened? Do you think he was sexually abused?” Both nodded and said yes. She went on to ask if they thought he’d been tortured.
Afterwards, the Oprah show issued this statement.
On her show today she plans to have follow-up interviews with Shawn, Elizabeth Smart, and John Ramsey described by her site as the stories that captured a nation. Perhaps she will follow in the footsteps of Nancy Grace and press Elizabeth about her experience. Maybe she will give Shawn a “break” by questioning the financial transparency of the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation and not probe further into the explicit details of his abduction?
“Oprah, who has years of experience interviewing children who have survived trauma, respectfully posed questions first to his parents and aunt — and then to Shawn with his family present — so that they could share their message of hope with other families who have missing children,” the statement said. “As with all guests. … it was their prerogative not to answer any questions posed to them.”
At the Oprah site is this tantalizing tease for anyone who has never heard of them, “in the blink of an eye they became household names.” These are some missing children who in a blink on an eye simply vanished. Whether she tells their stories or not you will just have to watch or view their missing posters.
Should she need household names there are:
There are 47 children reported as missing listed at the NCMEC for Chicago, Il. including:
Note: The title of the post could be renamed “Omissions On Oprah” as neither these nor any other missing children were mentioned. There was time spent with Ed Smart, Elizabeth’s father, concerning the dangers of the Internet. It drew the pre-requisite gasps from the audience but it is interesting to note the Internet played no role in her disappearance.
There was no mention of the recent findings of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, led by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, which was established to identify and develop on-line safety tools. One of their observations was the biggest threat facing teens on-line is cyber-bullying by peers.
Update 08-06-09: 3 Chicago children taken by father to Mexico are back
Three children missing since their mother was killed on the Northwest Side last year spent Saturday reunited with family in Chicago after they were found in Mexico this summer.
Benito Casanova, who is charged with abducting his three children and murdering their mother, Sofia Garcia, is still at large.
The Casanova children — Fernando, 12; Karla, 8; and Oscar, 7 — were located this summer after a tipster alerted Mexican authorities that they were at the home of Casanova’s mother