Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Real Slim Shady has Stood Up

Meet the REAL most interesting man in the world...

No... It's not Johnathon Goldsmith of Dos Equis fame, and it's certainly not LeBron James. It's Colton Harris-Moore, a modern day D.B. Cooper who has gained international fame for being a fugitive for the last two years.

This young man has managed to escape capture from authorities by always being one step ahead of them, making even the most prolific law enforcement agencies seem like the Keystone Cops. That is until early this morning when Colton Harris-Moore was finally captured by police in the Bahamas on the island of Eleuthera, about 40 miles south from where he is suspected of crashing a small plane he stole from an airfield 1,200 miles away near Indianapolis, Indiana.

Harris-Moore has been a suspect in the theft of several planes in the United States, despite never having a formal flying lesson and while most of the alleged plane thefts have resulted in a crash landing, Harris-Moore has always managed to walk away from them. This fact alone puts him in a class by himself as far as real life interesting people go, because most people don't survive a plane crash one time... Harris-Moore has managed to do it several times... And in each circumstance managed to escape capture.

That's only one component of his legend... Read on from this article in the New York Daily News:

He fled a halfway house in 2008 and embarked on an increasingly audacious crime spree, stealing cars, speedboats and planes in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.

Harris-Moore became known as the Barefoot Bandit last fall after cops found footprints in an Idaho airport hangar where a plane - which later crash-landed out of gas 260 miles away - was stolen.

In February, a stolen airplane mysteriously landed on Orcas Island in Washington state before someone broke into a grocery store, stole a large tray of croissants and chalked cartoon feet leading out the door with the message: "C-YA!"

His elevation to folk hero who takes from the rich and outwits his pursuers at every turn irks those pursuers. "Somebody owned those cars. Someone worked their butt off for those boats," said Dean.

One person on his side is his mom. "I hope to hell he stole those airplanes - I would be so proud," Pam Kohler told a reporter last year. "But put in there that I want him to wear a parachute next time."

The 19-year-old taunts police, lives in the woods when he isn't holed up in someone's empty vacation home and recently left $100 at an animal hospital with a note saying "drove by, had some extra cash. Please use this money for the care of animals."

In June, when he left the C-note at the animal hospital in Raymond, Wash., Harris-Moore signed his note "The Barefoot Bandit."

Then he allegedly took off in a stolen $450,000 yacht.

Heh... Johnathon Goldsmith has NOTHING on this kid. If you know of somebody more interesting, I want to hear about them.


Subliminal Incognito said...

I agree, I have been folowing this case and am completely intrigued with thh intelligence of this kid.

I do think, his mother sounds crazy enough to have some interesting stories of her own.

subliminally incognito said...

Mother interview: