This photo is a joke-if it were real-call the fuzz and follow the car.
How much do you see and ignore? How much do you mind your own business and when do you step in to prevent a violent act? What would you have to see before you called 911? What’s the difference between being a good Samaritan and being Nosy? Is it ok to ignore domestic violence if it happens in a car?
When I first read of the boy abducted in Quebec and found alive bound and gagged inside a sealed oil drum I didn’t want to post the story. It’s an amazing story with a great ending but it was almost too cinematic, dramatic and fulled of community co-operation. Then the other night I saw part of the special on ABC about the kidnapping and death of Denise Amber Lee and I was struck by their common thread of community involvement.
Denise Amber Lee and the 8 year old boy both tried like hell to live, escape and attract people’s attention. Mrs Lee was the daughter of a detective and knew what to do. The 8 year old Canadian boy lived, but not Denise. The 911 system in Quebec functioned MUCH better than the 911 system in Denise’s home state of Florida. One could argue the primary difference is the 911 systems’ response. But in the ABC special at least 2 witnesses came forward and were interviewed saying they saw Mrs Lee struggling in the back of the car and they wrote it off as a domestic violence situation. Rueful and doleful they wished they’d have called 911 after the fact.
I’d never ask anyone to step into a fight and risk personal harm. But pick up the flicking phone and call 911 if you see ANYTHING weird. Follow your gut-follow that car. Bad shit happens and apparently if we stopped minding our own business lives can be saved. An 8 year old boy, was found alive bound and gagged inside a sealed oil drum, but he was ALIVE. If 1 or 2 more people called 911, maybe 21 year old mother of two, Denise Amber Lee would be alive too.
Witnesses, police foil abduction of Quebec boy â€“ Eight-year-old was bound, gagged stuffed into trunk of car
Jenny Wagler and Bradley Bouzane, Canwest News Service Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2008
An eight-year-old boy who police say was snatched from the street, stuffed into the trunk of a car and later bolted into an oil drum, was rescued on Tuesday after a witness trailed the alleged kidnapper’s vehicle.
Ryan Murphy, 24, was stopped at a traffic light when he saw what he believed was a boy trying to escape from the trunk, which was partially open. He trailed the car until it stopped in a driveway and then called police.
When officers arrived at the address they found the boy tied up in the building’s boiler room inside an oil drum.