- May 4, 2000
PSA: Just to be 110% clear, this is not a joke thread and not something I am willing to joke about. So if you are here just to make jokes, please just stop and move along. Please be a decent human being.
Our newest dog was up sick again last night, so I turned on the TV initially for some background noise. Since many channels are infomercials that late, I saw there was a show called 'On The Case With Paula Zahn', so I figured at least it might be somewhat interesting.
When the show started, it said this case took place in Morristown, TN in 1980, and involved the abduction of two girls, one of which was killed. When I saw this, I was floored. We lived in Russellville, TN during that time, and I was almost abducted from a grocery store in Morristown, TN that year. I was shopping with my mom, and being a young kid, I was busy looking at junk food, toys, cereal, and things like that while my mom was shopping. While I looking at shelf, I thought my mom suddenly held my hand and was ready to go. As I was being led toward the front of the store, I continued to look at stuff on the shelf that maybe I could ask my mom to buy. However, we were heading past the checkout lanes, she was not stopping. As we arrived at the front doors, I was thirsty and wanted to get a drink from the water fountain (like they had in schools). When I looked up to ask her, I noticed it was a guy who was holding my hand and leading me out to the parking lot. I screamed as loud as I could, and he immediately ran out the front door and escaped.
I remember talking to the police with my mom, and some of the employees who saw it, but there was never an arrest for the attempted abduction. We ended up moving back to Ohio about a year later, and I never heard anything else about it.
As I got older, and with the creation of the internet beginning make it possible to see if anyone was ever arrested in the same area trying to abduct young boys, I occasionally tried to see if I could ever find anything and see a mugshot and know if the guy was ever caught for similar crimes. I was never able to find anything.
Now, 40 years later, I believe this is the guy who tried to take me. I remember the thick glasses he was wearing, and the shape of his face from the side when I looked up at him. The mugshots are of him now that he is older and somehow is eligible for parole. The Paula Zahn show had pictures of what he looked like in 1980 when he was first arrested, but I can't seem to find those through Google so far.
Randy Lee May
Edit: Here is the On The Case episode that I watched last night:
Out of all the things that shaped me in life, this whole thing is #1 by far. After this, I never trusted strangers and I always began watching my surroundings and people. In many ways, I was never truly a kid again as I began being anxious around any adults I did not know. It was kind of the end of being a carefree kid.
Since all of this has brought back a lot of bad memories/thoughts, I'm not sure what I want to do. I might reach out to the surviving victim and/or the sheriff who handled this guy's arrest in 1980 concerning his next parole hearing in 2023, or I might not. Since all of this is so fresh, I'm honestly not sure of what I want to do at the moment. This whole thing just brought back a lot of painful memories......