Ala. town relieved: Child rescued from underground bunker, captor killed after long standoff

  • Article by: TAMARA LUSH and KATE BRUMBACK , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 5, 2013 - 6:22 AM
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stanbobFeb. 4, 13 4:45 PM

"It was not immediately clear how Dykes died." Gees, maybe it was asbestos exposure in the 60's?

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bobblumenfelFeb. 4, 13 4:48 PM

For us, it's over. For the little boy, it will continue for a lifetime.

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parker0910Feb. 4, 13 4:55 PM

"However, it was not immediately clear how Dykes died." Lead poisoning would be my first guess. I'm glad the boy is safe. Good Job by the LEOs.

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minnexyzFeb. 4, 13 5:49 PM

Anybody with a bunker on their property would make me nervous.

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chumblyFeb. 4, 13 5:54 PM

This guy "threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property, and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a firearm" yet they let him keep his guns? There is something very wrong with that picture.

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wiseoracleFeb. 4, 13 6:06 PM

glad it ended well for leo and kid. but can i ask a stupid question? why can't you toss some kinda sleeping gas down the vent your passing crayons down? concussion grenade maybe? mini web cam? sleeping pills in a 12 pack of brew? any other way really? I'm not trying to defend the abductor.... just wondering why we don't have more tools in our tool box? not like you didn't have days to ponder it, right?? people who ponder gun control might ask... why this is so imbued in our psyche that we don't seem to know any other way to deal with situations? we profess to not condone torture, cause we want to be an example for other nations. we won't practice it... and we don't want you to either. so, don't we set an example for the less educated/well balanced amongst us.. when we choose to shoot first, and ask questions later? i know of a kid who had the misfortune to step out of a motel room recently - at the wrong time; i bet he'd like an answer to this question. nope, i am not a gun control advocate per se... just think we ought to be smart enough to do something besides just shoot. polite, adult, thought provoking responses only please - thx!

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Packman_1Feb. 4, 13 6:16 PM

Was this going to end any other way? The guy was determined to be a suicide by 'guvmint'. Thank God the kid is safe.

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sfod93Feb. 4, 13 6:16 PM

Isn't time to start furloughing these overpaid government employees (FBI)?

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justicforallFeb. 4, 13 6:26 PM

wiseoracle: the people dealing with these types of situations are experts in the field and believe me they thought of every option with the goal of getting the child out. If this guy was as bad as the news reported, he would not have hesitated to kill the kid if he whiffed anything wierd like gas etc. My guess is they threw a concusion gernade for immediate impact to gain seconds to storm the bunker and take care of business.

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ringneck1Feb. 4, 13 7:33 PM

"Anybody with a bunker on their property would make me nervous". Under different circumstances I would think that safety from the many tornadoes in the region would justify the "bunker".

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