Leave Abigail Hernandez Alone

by Bill Brenner on July 31, 2014

Trashing the victim in a crime is nothing new; we’ve been doing it forever.

That doesn’t make it right.

Mood music:

After the Manson murders in 1969, for example, the newspapers were full of speculation about how the victims may have done themselves in by living a lifestyle that attracted dangerous people.

Today people are fixated on the case of Abigail Hernandez, a 15-year-old New Hampshire girl who recently returned home after being missing for several months. Nathaniel E. Kibby, 34, is now in jail, accused of holding her hostage for nine months.

On the surface, it seems like a simple case: A girl was kidnapped and, thankfully, she got home alive. Police made an arrest, and now the court proceedings begin.

The general public knows almost nothing about what really happened. But that doesn’t stop people from suddenly becoming experts. Listening to the radio during my work commutes this week, I’ve heard all manner of theories. The most popular theories:

What really happened? I have no idea, other than she was gone for nine months and recently returned home, and someone was arrested for allegedly kidnapping her.

Whatever happened behind the scenes, people need to chill out and stop slicing and dicing this kid’s life to bits. She is a teenager, a child.
Until the full truth comes out, people should stop trying to pass judgement.

We can better serve our communities and ourselves by dealing with our own private baggage instead of picking apart the motives of a kid.

Go home, rumor mongers. You’re either drunk or just assholes.

Abigail Hernandez Missing Poster

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Jackie Sandstrom July 31, 2014 at 10:55 am

Thank you for saying this! I’ve been absolutely sickened by the comments below the WMUR reports. I have posted several times asking people not to speculate about what happened, but, instead, to wait until the evidence is revealed, and yet, posters continue to say that she was pregnant, was living with Kibby voluntarily, that she and her mother are lying, that she’s a punk, etc. I thought I’d heard gossip before, but these folks have taken it to a new level, having no compunction about trashing a young girl’s reputation on the internet. (Thanks for letting me get that off my mind, lol.)

jone July 31, 2014 at 11:35 am

Well put forth, Bill, and I totally agree with you.

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