I am not one to rush to judgment. I am not one to lean toward the ultra-right or the ultra-left. I am currently listening to the chat archive on the link below which you can also listen to at your convenience…Shawn Adkins does speak on it for about 47 minutes and then hangs up. I’ll explain why later.
As stated earlier, this is the chat archive that Shawn Adkins spoke on tonight. I didn’t get to hear him because he had already hung up prior to my getting into the chat, but I did come across another young man who is the symbol of the divisive nature that has come to Texas since the day of Hailey Dunn’s disappearance. I won’t put his last name in here, but his name is also Sean. He is a 17-year-old young man who grew up around the suspect, Shawn Adkins.
You won’t hear him in chat, but he did the type in the visual chat. During that time, I saw that people were being hard on him so I began to probe a bit. As I probed, I realized that this young man is a 17-year-old high school student who felt that it his “duty” or obligation to defend Mr. Adkins. This has truly and deeply affected this young man. As he was relaying what he knew of the suspect in the disappearance, as far as the time they spent together, a few people started to ask him questions as if he had inside knowledge of the case.
The atmosphere in that chatroom was very hostile at times–especially toward this young man. It finally lightened up a bit when he revealed that he is only 17-years-old. He is a very articulate and intelligent lad, I might add. This is his perception of Mr. Adkins:
1. The man is like a brother to him and has known him since the 3rd grade.
2. To him, Mr. Adkins is totally innocent.
3. This young man had no clue that Mr. Adkins would have anything like kiddie porn or bestiality on his computer because, in fact, he did NOT spend much time with Mr. Adkins at the Dunn residence. ***Note: He never met Hailey Dunn either, but did attend classes with her brother.***
There is also an allegation that he Mr. Adkins an affair. It turned out that he only knew this woman for three days. The woman (Andrea) had put messages on FB that they were going to get married and such. What I would like to know is that if this happened close to the disappearance, why isn’t law enforcement looking at this woman? From what has been said, she did stalk the guy. I’m not saying that he is not guilty, so don’t take it the wrong way–I am saying they need to drop HER as a possible suspect. Rejection is a powerful motive for kidnapping and murder IF that is what went down here.
I realize that the above is a theory, but so is anything else that has been put forth so far. I listened to the taped conversation with Mr. Adkins after the chat ended. He stated that several people could have had access to the computer in question, and he could be right on that issue. If the memory stick was left unattended at any time, then anyone could have put the images on it. I know it sounds as if I am playing devil’s advocate, so please bear with me.
Note: The computer was not found at Billie Dunn’s residence, but the memory stick was. This is important–especially to any prosecutor.
Judging by the demeanor of Mr. Adkins, he does come across as being straight forward–and I didn’t have visual so I couldn’t tell you about his facial expressions or body language. I can see the quality in his voice that puts people at ease. It is this type of demeanor that enables him to bond with others. And for me, it would instantly make me feel as if he’s hiding something given my own insane upbringing, so I had to keep an open mind.
Now back to the other Sean. As I said earlier, he was a straight forward kid trying to defend another friend like any other teenager. He said that Adkins was like a big brother to him. The minute it came out that he is only 17-years-old, and given his family situation, it became obvious that this young man looked up to Mr. Adkins with respect and admiration–a vulnerable place for a teenager to be when someone close to them falls. Just ask the families and friends of Ted Bundy and Dennis Rader. I feel sympathy for the families and friends of all concerned in this case. IF it turns out Adkins does end up being accused of it, the souls of many will be severely wounded.
It is crimes like these that destroy all families–not just the victim’s but the families of the guilty who have done NOTHING wrong. With that in mind, the only thing I am hoping to point out here is that it doesn’t matter where you stand on the guilt or innocence of Billie Dunn or Shawn Adkins, but we must be careful of those–especially the youth that might get caught in the crossfire and chaos of a case like this. It is sad that when one person thinks another is innocent that there is a tendency by SOME–NOT ALL people to spew their vitriol against those who having a different opinion from their own. When they realized the boy’s age, they calmed down and there were only a few doing it, but it was sad nonetheless.
It is best on this case to agree to disagree. Shawn Adkins did abruptly hang up and leave the program when confronted about statements he denies making about hiding a body. Does it matter? Right now we are no closer to finding her and bringing her home–which is exactly where our focus should be.
As far as that young man Sean, I told him that his focus at 17 should not be to take on a burden that isn’t his–let alone the world on his young shoulders. This is a young man who should be getting ready for prom night, getting a rose for his favorite girl, getting a set of wheels (if he doesn’t have them already) and preparing to enjoy his upcoming summer. Shawn Adkins is a big boy and can take care of himself. Perhaps the school counselors should try talking to the students again–and instead of probing about the case, work to heal their wounded spirits at this point. If this is how Sean feels about Adkins, I can see how horrible the students must feel about Hailey still being missing.
Sean even answered a couple of questions that reflected his maturity to those present. I asked what he would do if Mr. Adkins had come to him and said anything about being involved with Hailey’s disappearance. He said, “I would convince him to do the right thing and go to the police, and help the family find her.” For a 17-year-old, with something like this burdening him, that is a remarkable thing to state. Most teenagers do not think on those terms until older. This speaks well of the parents who raised him, and of how his character will be when he is a grown man.
It is my hope that one day soon, Hailey will be brought back safely. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all. All are being harmed by this case. If it turns out that someone else altogether did this, then the constant railing would have been for nothing, and several lives and relationships will have been tossed out of the window. The only ones that will have gained anything will be those in the media, the commentators and all the armchair experts–even if most of them were well-intended.
Correct Amount is $15,500 reward! Someone had better tell Nancy Grace!
Note that the reward amount is now corrected. Thank you for providing the link with the updated story.