Welcome to the South, CNN & Others: The Ethan Hostage Case

Well, things went surprisingly well, and certainly could have been much worse.  They got him, the kidnapper – he’s dead; and they got him, the hostage child, safe and sound.

Then the local Southern sheriff and some other authorities gave a news release to the media crowd.  I almost died laughing as they did so.

They did it in a good old fashioned Southern way of course – that’s the way the law works down here – as CNN, Fox News, and others are learning to their dismay and no doubt some behind the scenes curses, and confusion amongst certain Northern – and Californian – groups.

They stonewalled them.  (actual conversations are paraphrased for brevity, just the general gist of what they were saying . . .)

Over and over again questions were answered with the statement, “It’s an ongoing investigation, I can’t give you the answers right now.”  Or “We’re still processing the crime scene, and it’s gonna take a couple of days.”

What they mean to say is they’re going to get their story straight – everyone on the same page – before anyone says a thing.

To be fair they never said “No comment,” – though they could have.  What they were saying was basically the same thing.

“How was it done – the rescue?”

“We aren’t going to give specifics about methods or strategy . . .”

“What about that explosion we heard?”

“This is a crime scene, and still under investigation . . .”

And around and around it went.

After the interviews I switched over to CNN just in time to catch some lady reporter – from the North, no doubt, or Atlanta (since Atlanta doesn’t belong – not properly – to the South anymore: it’s been taken over by those “damned Yankees” – the ones who have come down to stay . . . (as the saying goes around here).

She was interviewing a “childhood friend” who had grown up with Mr. Jimmy Dykes, the kidnapper.

“This Mister Dykes shot at his neighbors, killed his neighbor’s dog with an iron pipe . . .” – the CNN reporter went on with a bunch of his ‘things’, followed by (in a tone of outrage), “Those were crimes!!  I don’t know how things work down there – but those were crimes!”

“Now maybe they were,” the ‘old friend’ drawled, “and maybe someone should have looked into them, but . . .”

and he went on to thank the reporters for showing up, the sheriff’s department for rescuing Ethan

And I just laughed – at the CNN’s Northerner’s frustration and inability to understand the attitude down here.  Not just by most of your “country citizens” but your Southern cops.  It doesn’t matter what happened “down there”, what the process was that they went about, neutralizing the old man and saving the child.  They aren’t going to say a thing until they’ve got their stories straight – each and every one of them.  And don’t you dare break ranks!  If you do! . . . I shudder . . .

you’ll be avoided at every Baptist meeting you go to, you’ll be blacklisted by the crowd.  Your family might divorce you, disown you, or worse.

They might even shoot your dog down here.

I have to laugh when I see the fairly liberal and law minded Northerner come down here – where guns are prevalent, and many people share some, if not many of the attitudes about some of the things that old man did – the ability to guard your own property, keeping dogs out of your yard (for the animal control will not “come and get them” unless you’ve got them tied up first).

In some places it’s considered not just a right, but a duty to get rid of a stray dog.  And our form of euthanasia generally comes out of a shotgun or something like that.

People don’t quite get it.  Just as California is like another country (and New York / New England special amongst themselves – and often thinking that of themselves as well) – so is the real deal “South” – the one I’ve been (mostly) raised in, grown in, been around.  It’s full of rednecks like that old man – crotchety old bastards who may – or may not – be carrying a gun.  Most aren’t nearly as antisocial as this Jimmy Dykes nut – they’ll help you if they can  – but they’re rough and tough and used to taking things – the little ones, anyway – into their own hands.

“Why didn’t anyone report him?”

Well, because for the most part he was like most of the folks here – or at least the country ones.  Not wanting the government too much in their business – but some is all right – many of them serving in the military and taking care of things back home.  Their home.  And around here that, like family, can mean something else.

Hard to explain if you ain’t been raised in the South – raised on grits and sand and Southern red clay.  Where the police officers aren’t very friendly, and there’s old dirt going on.  But they will “do the right thing” – or at least as they see it and can call it.  Just like they always have.  Not always a bad thing, not always good.  Old boy Sconyers had his BBQ place to go to – where’d they’d sit and get their stories straight on things, and before that a place downtown.

Things are different here in the South – as I think CNN, Fox, and the news outlets will (once again) learn.  These old boys can be tight lipped and won’t say anything, or nothing they shouldn’t – just right now.

Later on, though, the nut might crack – and then we’ll see what meat falls through.


About jeffssong

JW is an adult childhood abuse survivor with DID*. He grew up in a violent family devoid of love and affection. He is a military brat and veteran. He no longer struggles with that past. In 1976 JW began writing "The Boy". It took 34 years to complete. It is currently on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004T3IVKK ), or if you prefer hard copy, on Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Boy-J-W/dp/1461022681). JW resides somewhere in the deep South. He is disabled and living with family. Note: Please feel free to take what you need; all is free to all. With that in mind, keep it that way to others. Thank you. We have 3 Blogs - One for our younger days, 0-10 (The Little Shop of Horrors); one for our Teen Alter and his 'friends' (also alters) with a lot of poetry; and finally "my" own, the Song of Life (current events and things)
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3 Responses to Welcome to the South, CNN & Others: The Ethan Hostage Case

  1. Michael says:

    We will never be told what happened. It is the same up north.


  2. vwoopvwoop says:

    this is really fascinating, speaking as one of those northerners who is used to at least the facade of transparency about things like this.


    • jeffssong says:

      It is amazing, having traveled around the world and seeing other things – and then living here for so many years. They (the cops and officials) are quite blunt about it, and ignoring the Sunshine Law, or at least charging so much to “view” the records that even our local newspaper (the Augusta Chronicle) gave up trying to expose “the truth” of many events (crimes & corruption) which go on down here. Truth is, it’s gotten much better – but the fact is we’ve got a loonnnggg way to go to reach even that facade of transparency which I’ve seen elsewhere (even if that facade doesn’t represent the truth). Truth is, coverups abound. I have a neighbor who killed a man at over 100 yards – murder, pure and simple, premeditated – and it never even went to trial !!! His girlfriend was the daughter of a judge. A midnight meeting and it was all over – and never a single charge was filed. That’s the truth.

      I find it wild – it seems simple minded and naive when I’ve lived up North, tho’ truth be told I saw *much* more racism in Indiana than I ever saw down here. People here tend to keep to themselves, and the law is never called, not unless a shooting (or wreck) has occurred. I’ve killed neighbor’s dogs – and they’ve killed one of mine – for trespassing in our yards. It’s the expected thing to do: you control your animals, and if you don’t, others will control them for you. Part of a rural environment, no doubt – but then, the South has been repressed for a long time. They never really recovered economically after the fall of the South – and Northern industries have gutted us, never paying good wages, and trashing the land. It’s sad, but true.


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