Work is therapy for the soul. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the gospel of work. I believe that much idleness we experience comes from misunderstanding the Atonement of the Lord. We cannot simply sit around and do nothing and expect to be successful in spiritual or temporal things. We need to do all that is in our power to accomplish our goals, and the Lord will make up the difference. Remember the words of President Gordon B. Let me tell you about a remarkable individual who took responsibility for his life and made something of himself, despite humble beginnings. His name is Dr.
Ben Carson. Carson was born and raised in the poor slums of Detroit. He grew up in a home that had no father. His mother took the responsibility on her shoulders of raising a family, and she passed this sense of responsibility on to her son. You have a brain, so think your way out of problems. The only person who really determined or limited my success was me. Once I understood that, the whole victim mentality went right out the window. He took control of his life. In Dr. Carson performed the first successful operation to separate Siamese twins who were attached at the back of the head.
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It is the process by which dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle visions become dynamic achievements. Fourth, magnify your callings and be faithful members of the Church. When we go to church, we surround ourselves with others who share our commitment to obey the commandments and follow the Savior. Some mistake the Church for a place where perfect people gather to say perfect things, think perfect thoughts, and feel perfect feelings.
May I quickly dispel such a thought? The Church is a place where imperfect people gather to help and strengthen each other as we strive to return to our Heavenly Father. Every one of us will travel a different road in mortality. We will each progress at different rates. Temptations that afflict your brother may not trouble you at all. Never look down on those who are less perfect than you.
The Church is a mutual improvement society with the goal to help every son and daughter of God to return to His presence. Do I support others in the Church, or do I tear them down? If you are building others, you are building the kingdom. Another test of your worth in the kingdom is to ask yourself if you are actively engaged in magnifying your calling in the Church.
If you do not have a calling in the Church, will you go to your bishop and tell him you are anxious to serve, willing to put your shoulder to the wheel? As you faithfully serve, the Lord will be with you, and you will feel His spirit and sense His guiding hand. A number of years ago in general conference, President Boyd K. He lived in the early days of the Church and came across the plains with other faithful members to tame a desert and to find a new home.
In those first years, food was often scarce. Winters were particularly difficult, and often the days stretched further than the food that was stored. Just then Brother Hall came. I have divided and was going to send it to you. Your children told mine that you was out. He said he had tried others, but could not get any. He went to the cedars and prayed to the Lord, and the Lord told him to go to Joseph Millett. That night Joseph Millett recorded a remarkable sentence in his journal:.
Brothers and sisters, your Heavenly Father wants to use you for the same purpose. As you magnify your callings and go about doing good, I promise you the Lord will shower upon your heads blessings of satisfaction and joy so great that you will not have room enough to receive them. Fifth, enjoy the journey. The people of God are a joyful people. We understand there are times for sobriety, reverence, and devotion; we also understand that we possess the joyful principles of eternal life.
We have so much to smile about, be happy about, yes, even to laugh about. So many of us are always waiting to be happy. Every time we climb one hill, happiness beckons just beyond the next. It is a terrible thing always to be waiting for tomorrow, always depending on tomorrow, always excusing our todays because we are sure that only in the future will we possess the things that will fulfill us.
Be happy today. Be happy now. Some of the happiest people I know have none of these things the world insists are necessary for satisfaction and joy. Why are they happy? They glory in the beauty of the earth. They glory in the rivers and the canyons and the call of the meadowlark. They glory in the love of their families, the stumbling steps of a toddler, the wise and tender smile of the elderly.
They glory in honest labor. They glory in the scriptures. They glory in the presence of the Holy Ghost. One thing I know for certain: the time we have here goes by far too quickly. Can I give you one other piece of advice? Be willing to laugh at yourself. Reuben Clark — invited him into his office and counseled with him about his new assignment. President Clark was one of the great leaders and thinkers of the Church.
He was a man long accustomed to bearing the weight of heavy responsibility. Some people take themselves so seriously that they think they cannot feel complete until they find themselves. Some abandon family, occupation, and education in this quest to discover who they are. Life is about creating yourself. You will discover that as you pursue that journey you will not only find yourself, but chances are you will be pleasantly surprised and proud of the person you find along the way.
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Does he have brown hair? Does he have connections to Iowa? I was in Cancun two years ago with my boyfriend. We struck up a conversation with a guy and he asked where we were from and we said Iowa. He said he was from Iowa as a kid and then asked if we remembered the Johnny Gosch story……well of course we did. It was so odd.
The next day we saw him and Mike called him Johnny and he got really angry and left which only made it weirder. You think it was Johnny?? Are there any other details about the guy and the conversation that you had with him that stand out and you can share with us? That truly is very creepy.
It would be odd to bring up the Gosch case just because you mentioned Iowa. I wonder too, why would he get angry because you called him Johnny? Any other details besides the life in Wisconsin? This case has always haunted me. Honestly though, I think unfortunately poor Johnny is probably deceased. He was married with two teenagers, a son and a daughter and living in Wisconsin. We are more than sure it had to be him…. He was the right age and when I looked at what he would look like today it was eerie.
Could you e-mail me at fadedoutpodcast gmail. I was a newspaper carrier the same time Johnny was kidnapped. Just a short time after Johnny turned up missing, a young, dark haired man with a mustache tried to get me into his car. I was able to run away. I called the West Des Moines police back then, but no one ever came to speak with me. Maybe a year later, I saw the same dark haired man with Wilbur Millhouse, a pedophile who worked as a newspaper carrier manager for the Des Moines Register. Millhouse was a manager in West Des Moines, but transferred to the east side shortly before Johnny turned up missing.
Thinking back 34 years ago was a long time , when the man in the Ford Fairmont tried to get me into his car, it must have been before, not after, Johnny was kidnapped. It was snowing that morning, so I am guessing it was February or March of The man stopped me and asked directions. He then suggested I get in his car since it was cold and snowing outside. I started to feel uncomfortable as he insisted I get into his car. I looked to see if I could get the license number on the Fairmont, but the plate was completely covered with snow.
That September, when I heard Johnny was kidnapped and the police were looking for a man in a Ford Fairmont, I suspected it was the same person. I called the West Des Moines Police, and they told me an officer would come to my house to speak with me. No one ever showed up. I could have identified the man by photo or provided a good description to a sketch artist. Anyway, my family had moved around that time, and Wilbur Millhouse became my new district manager for the Register. He admitted he knew Johnny and he talked about him a lot.
I thought Millhouse was a cool guy because he bought us paperboys beer and gave us money. One day, the Register had a party for its carriers at the old Skate East. It was there that I saw Millhouse with the guy who tried to get me into his car. I later discovered Millhouse was a pedophile I will post more on that when I have time.
Shortly after Johnny turned up missing, Millhouse said some strange things to me that convinced me he knew who took Johnny and why. I see on the internet that Millhouse was convicted in of sexually abusing boys. Or if you can access this page, have a look at the same guy when he was age Is this your guy? The guy who tried to get me into his car was around 25 years old in That would only make him 60 or so now, quite a bit younger than the man in your link.
I am sure it is not the same guy. Yellowbag: I listened to your interview today on Fadedout. It was a very good interview shedding light on things. Makes complete sense to me. This is the first time I have heard about Wilbur Millhouse, I need to do some more research. It all fits though. Thank you for your post. All of this makes so much sense.. Why have you waited so long to post this information? I hope someone who has authority is reading your posts.
Interesting enough you can find Wilbur being quoted in the Des Moines register on another Iowa cold case of David Morris. Wilbur said David was a good man, all the kids liked him and David use to give him candy when he was little. I was afraid of Millhouse and his buddies back then. They must have known Millhouse worked for the Des Moines Register the same time Johnny came up missing. I left Iowa after high school and blocked the whole thing out of my mind. I recently saw news articles about the anniversary of this crime, and I guess it finally dawned on me that I might have some information worth sharing.
There is no excuse to have not told law enforcement.. I hope you are not one of those people. I guess the worst thing that could happen is finding out Millhouse was just a perv who made up what he said about Johnny to further scare me into silence. I am sure my name was in there somewhere. I discovered Millhouse was a pedophile when he started calling me daily trying to talk me into coming to his house. One day in , when Millhouse dropped me off at my house after buying me beer at a gas station, there were three teens across the street who knew Millhouse.
He chatted with them a bit and drove off. After Millhouse was gone, they came to warn me about Millhouse. The boys lived in West Des Moines and had delivered newspapers there. They warned me that Millhouse was a pedophile. I am surprised to hear that Millhouse is still alive. He had a heart attack in , the same time I realized he was a pedophile and quit delivering newspapers. I still thank God that I escaped the guy in the Fairmont and never got molested by Millhouse. Twice, I saw Millhouse become visibly angry when talking about Johnny Gosch. If any investigators want to talk with me, I will keep my eye on this forum.
If Millhouse is still alive, I hope someone will travel to Kansas to ask him what happened to Johnny. If Wilbur Milhouse currently lives in Kansas, he did not register as a sex offender. I cant find him on the kbi website.
He was a little boy when this all happened and years went by…This is really important for someone to look into Wilbur Millhouse. Also, Paul Bonacci was with this man who kidnapped Johnny. I left a voice message and sent an email to Noreen but heard nothing back. Coming from a reliable source, the Polk County Sheriff at the time believed that Johnny ran away to Texas like his older brother.
So as he said he reported it but the police never got in contact with him. Anne E: You have no idea of what your talking about because this case has been followed by private detectives for years. I have read the letters to Paul from a fellow captive who also managed to escape. Michael Emillio is mentioned in these letters. He is also said to have died of AIDS in a hospital. There is a certain amount of code in the letters that the boys used among themselves.
They seem to refer to their captors as porks. They also refer to a group known as REM6. Just a theory here. Add an R in front and add a 6 to the end. Perhaps the 6 meaning 6 people involved in the group. I have no clue as to the R. This is important to recognize the occult uses MK Ultra programming of their victims and code is how they erase their memory…. At least temporarily. If anyone is good at breaking codes, it would be someone that was involved with Camelot for the occult. Often, these children are placed in foster care homes where satanism is being pratices and the chain of events unfold for the abuse.
Johnny was hand picked by someone for specific reasons…. The newspaper and police must of been involved to the corruption and that is why it is a cove-up. I have searched everywhere for a current post anywhere at all on the internet by Noreen. Has anyone else noticed that she seems to have vanished? She knows what happened.
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Now she tries to help other parents with missing children. Noreen is quoted in a KCCI. Pretty interesting to say the least. Not sure where to start.. Such a feeling of helplessness takes over. I wish we could make some kind of unofficial timeline, using only verified accounts or something efficient to contribute more. Than accounts such as Yellow Bags come along! Yellow Bag, if you are still around, can you take your info to Nancy Grace, or some tv show since the police do not seem interested. I found a link on google from the DMR stating that Wilbur Milhouse was arrested for sexual abuse of 6 teen age boys in The artical states he was 44, not 25 like you remember, but you were just a kid then and 25 and 44 might have been the same to you.
I cannot access it as I dont have a subscription. I had a lengthy conversation with the detective investigating this case. He promised to follow up on that information, and I trust he will. At this point, I think I have done all I can do. My information about a local pedophile who knew Johnny and talked about why Johnny was kidnapped apparently does not interest some of the international conspiracy theory buffs.
So be it, I told what I saw and heard. I doubt if he could have personally kidnapped a healthy teenager. I still remember carrying a big hunting knife in my yellow newspaper bag from that point on, just in case the guy came back for me. For weeks, I would duck between houses any time I saw a Ford Fairmont coming down the street.
I often saw Millhouse hanging out with a small group of creepy men at those functions. I never knew who they were, I just assumed they were Register employees. The other district managers tended to avoid Millhouse and his buddies. I wonder now if they suspected the guys were pedophiles. I believe Millhouse was employed by the Register from around to , but not arrested until the fall of After Millhouse was arrested and sent to prison, the kidnappings stopped.
Yellow Bag — Thank you for replying. I think your right — there is not much more you can do. That must have been scarey times for you! Sorry I did not reply earlier…I was unable to log in. John kidnapped and killed a 13 year old newspaper boy in Bellevue, Nebraska on September 18, He also killed another boy ,12 years old, in the same area on December 2, A witness in the Johnny Gosch mentioned a car with Nebraska license plates. He killed an 11 year old boy on August 22, in Portland Maine before he moved to Nebraska. He probably would have traveled through Des Moines on his move from Maine to Nebraska and felt somewhat comfortable with the area and its proximity to I Another interesting connection is that including Johnny the dates all fall on a Sunday.
The other one is on a Friday December 2 boy walking to school. Only thing is that John Joubert never traveled very far with his victims 3 to 4 miles. But if he was involved in the West Des Moines abduction he might have traveled a little longer and probably along I Would be nice to be able to determine where John Joubert was when Johnny Gosch disappeared. Roger Dean Matice, convicted in Texas of child pornography, and previously accused of molesting a paperboy in Iowa, has filed some sort of lawsuit in federal court in Iowa.
I merely point out that he 1 was previously accused of sexually molesting an Iowa paper boy and 2 bears a resemblance to the sketch of the suspect in the Johnny Gosch case. I had no idea Millhouse was with the Register that long. I guess that explains how he had the names and addresses of boys in his home.
Just curious, what were your experiences with Millhouse? A poster on another forum spent considerable time researching a timeline to the attempted abductions of Des Moines Register paperboys after Gosch and Martin. Millhouse went to prison and shortly thereafter, the attempted abductions stopped. Research I have performed indicates Noreen at one time believed the Register was protecting an employee who was considered a pedophile I wonder if the employee was Milhouse. Millhouse did not tell me why he was transferred, but he did tell me he had fallen out of favor with Register management and that his job was in jeopardy.
Millhouse paid for those newspapers out of his own pocket so he could keep his job. Just for clarification, nearly all of the circulation managers I worked with as a Des Moines Register paperboy were good people. Millhouse, though, was a sexual predator who hung out with a very small group of creepy men. After 35 years, I can remember a couple of faces, but no names. I distinctly remember that Millhouse brought a couple young men approximately 18 to 20 years old with him to Register functions.
Millhouse introduced them as former paperboys of his. I suspect now that they were involved with helping Millhouse in his evil deeds. Hey Yellow Bag. Sorry for the delayed response. I checked back here a few times for about two weeks after I posted my message. Your reply was not there. Pretty weird. I want to ask you if you knew two Des Moines Register paperboys at the time you delivered Register newspaper.
Shawn Williams and Brian Hikock. I have met Brian and he says he delivered Register papers near the route Johnny deliver Sunday Registers. I know about Shawn because I used to work for his mother at a Court Avenue restaurant between February and August Also, I have conducted research by reading the microfilm documentation of Des Moines Register newspapers starting the day after Johnny disappeared until about two months after that.
There are plenty of discrepancies between the official story told by Noreen now and what she believed happened to Johnny back in the s. Then again, 35 years ago was a long, long time. She would have known Millhouse since they worked together. I worked for her after Millhouse had his heart attack in I Googled her name, and it looks like she still lives in the DM area. If you want her last name, please give me an email address and I will contact you directly. I try to check the ICC website a couple times a week to see if any new information has come up on the Johnny Gosch page.
An investigator I spoke with was honest enough to admit the law enforcement investigation had serious flaws, and chances are police will never solve this crime. I feel like I have laid down the few pieces of the puzzle I have held for many years. Other people are adding pieces now. I have never met Noreen. I left her a voice message and sent an email, but she never responded.
That would justify years of investigation, explain their inability to get an indictment, and keep their paychecks coming the whole time. Millhouse called me one night saying there was a cute female carrier there who was looking for a teen boy to have sex with. His excuse for wanting me to come late at night is that he did not want to wake his elderly mother.
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Also, the guy who drove the Fairmont was out in a blizzard and looking very wide awake when he tried to get me into his car around 6 AM. He looked like a guy who had worked the night shift and was just getting off work, not like a guy who just woke up. He was wearing a very distinctive blue and orange jacket, leading me to think he was a local paramedic or fire fighter. I suppose he could have been a Register employee, but why the jacket? Heck, was going around back then telling everyone why Johnny had to disappear. My mother is still alive, and she remembers Millhouse saying something strange about Johnny to her.
I am optimistic, though, that someday the truth will be revealed and this huge mystery will be solved. There was another DM Register circulation manager, named Frank Sykora, who was convicted of sexually abusing carriers in Sykora was apparently cleared by polygraph in the Gosch and Martin disappearances. Whether Sykora and Millhouse had any connection, I do not know. Thanks for getting back with me. The poster who uploaded a map of the attempted newspaper carrier abductions post Gosch and Martin has performed some amazing research. At this point, he is the leader of the movement to discover the truth.
I will leave you an email address at a future date. I think there is something there, considering they worked for the register around the same time. Marc David Allen should not be connected with Gosch and Martin. His disappearance had nothing to do with a Sunday morning paper route. He disappeared in the middle of the afternoon. I find it strange both Johnny and Eugene disappeared on a morning when it was the first time either boy had an adult accompany him on a Sunday Register newspaper route.
I have not forgot about sending you my email address. I am in the process of creating an author and writer site. Once I establish an email address for the site, I will forward it to you. You have provided helpful information and yes, I would like any names you can provide to perform research in addition to what I have done reading Des Moines Register microfiche stories of the case. One thing I have thought about the past couple of days.
You mentioned Millhouse was transferred to the Flour Mile area of Des Moines, which is on the east side. Back in the day,Four Mile Creek ran through mostly undeveloped land and today-outside of Pleasant Hill-it still does. Why not Four Mile Creek? You said Millhouse had it out for Johnny for at least exposing the actions of pedophiles who worked for the Register. It is possible that if you are correct, Millhouse and one or more of his sick buddies killed Johnny and buried him on the east side of Des Moines.
I think that if Johnny was dumped along a creek, his body would have been found long ago. Those urban streams may look desolate in places, but there are mushroom hunters, hikers, kids catching tadpoles, walnut collectors, and even homeless people frequenting those creek beds. In , David Morris, a Jewish grocer who had a store directly across the street from Millhouse, was robbed and murdered.
Morris was shot in the back of the head with a. A neighbor named Robert Braather said that Morris was killed in the store two hours after it closed, and that Morris would only have unlocked that store door for someone in the neighborhood he knew quite well. Interestingly, the Des Moines Register also interviewed Millhouse, who would have been working for them at the time. I have speculated enough about Millhouse on this website, so I am not going to type it, but you know exactly what I am thinking!
Millhouse had a sexual interest in teen boys, not in younger ones. Johnny was actually bigger than Millhouse. Millhouse, though, was part of a small group of pedophiles, some of whom worked for the Des Moines Register. If Millhouse had help, possibly a gun, and maybe some previous experience with killing, well, you may find yourself writing a very interesting book.
Hi, this reply is for Don and Yellow Bag, and anyone else on this thread providing all this information. You can find it on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, pretty much all avenues for podcasts, or the direct link fadedout. I would really really like to talk to each of you. I remember driving back to Des Moines from St. Louis several times and there was no development around Four Mile Creek.
You are correct the perp had little time, but he did have 45 minutes before sunrise. The Bottoms works as well, since it is near the Des Moines River. The fact that both Johnny and Eugene Martin did not leave any evidence of a struggle tells me both boys got into a car driven by someone they knew.
The reason I suspect the Bottoms is that Millhouse tried to get me to drive out there at night and meet him behind his house. There has been a little bit of development in that area. I may drive out there sometime and take a look. One other thing that puzzles me is why Johnny and Eugene were both kidnapped on Sunday mornings. The Sunday morning newspaper routes were completely separate from the Register weekday routes. When I started delivering newspapers, the Des Moines Tribune came out in the afternoon, so there were actually 3 separate newspaper routes in each neighborhood: the Tribune, the weekday Register, and the Sunday Register.
One carrier could take all 3 routes if he were ambitious, or it could have been 3 different carriers. I can only speculate, but the Sunday newspapers were very heavy. It was impossible to carry a full route of Sunday newspapers in our yellow bags. We had to take them indoors and actually assemble the newspapers. If the kidnappers were Register employees, which is what I believe, then they may have offered the carriers rides to help stage bundles of newspapers along the routes. During weekday routes there would be no reason to offer or accept a ride.
Millhouse had a heart attack in and stopped working for the Register at that time. The detective in the case questioned why no newspaper carriers were kidnapped between Johnny and Eugene Remember, Millhouse almost died from a heart attack in It took him a year to get back on his feet.
Another pretty startling coincidence. Thanks for the info Yellow Bag. Maybe Sykora took over while Millhouse recovered from the heart attack. However, that begs the question, why was Martin killed? Did he or was he about to expose some of the same illicit behavior Johnny mentioned. Johnny had to talk about what he knew to at least one of his parents, or maybe law enforcement. Noreen book has an interesting story at the start talking about the events leading up to the disappearance. There are so many things that make no sense on this case.
I could go on for hours. The fact that both boys went along to deliver newspapers for the first time the3 day they disappeared speaks volumes about what happened. Unfortunately, I do not have any first-hand information on the Martin kidnapping. In the summer of , I started to get creeped out by Millhouse calling me every night trying to talk me into coming to his home.
When I refused, I heard an anger and an evil in his voice I had never heard before. Also, as I posted before, three teens boys who were visiting a girl across the street saw Millhouse dropping me off at my house after buying me beer. I stopped answering my teen line phone, and I told my mother to tell Millhouse I was not home every time Millhouse called our home phone.
Around that time, I also had a vivid nightmare that Millhouse tried to drag me into his car. I took that as a warning from God or my subconscious that I ought to stay away from Millhouse. I did not know this until recently, but I spoke with my mother about Millhouse, and she actually remembers him showing up at our house one night when I was not home, shedding crocodile tears because I quit talking to him. Around that time, Millhouse had his heart attack. I turned 16 and had a car, so that fall I was able to find a better job and leave the DM Register. Last night, I was able to confirm through online research that Millhouse died in He is buried in the Leavenworth National Cemetery with a military headstone that mentions his Vietnam service.
In some ways, I am disappointed Millhouse is dead. I had hoped an investigator would get a chance to question Millhouse about what happened to the missing paperboys. It also steams me that Millhouse was buried with military honors. I am a combat vet myself. After the war, Millhouse was a convicted pedophile and admitted accessory to a kidnapping at best, and possibly a serial killer at worst. That ought to negate any military service he had. His body should have been disposed of in a trash dumpster!
There must be multiple people out there who know exactly who Millhouse hung out with and what happened to Johnny and Eugene. Hopefully, one of them will read these posts and speak up. Thank you for your insight. I hope one or more people speak out after reading the posts left here. You have written about Millhouse and Sykora. Lou Cooke took Johnny for an airplane ride over the Des Moines area as the reward for winning a sales contest. Did you ever deal with Cooke or Charles Edwards Jr.
My e-mail is fadedoutpodcast gmail. Hello Sarah. I apologize for not responding to your message from May My tunnel vision made me miss your comment. I will check out your podcast for sure and feel free to email me at your convenience. Hopefully Yellow Bag will get in touch with you because he is the one who has made all of the contributions shedding new light at least for me on the case. I typically enter the Johnny rabbit hole at night, but not every night.
If I do not respond to an email promptly, it is most likely because of my workload as a freelancer. Reflective high contrast safety vests or jackets are worn by folks in all kinds of professions. Baggage handlers at the airport, bus drivers, highway workers, railway workers etc. Tow truck drivers, long haul truckers and repo guys too.
It was snowing like crazy that morning, so he could have had any job that required a reflective jacket. Since I saw the man later with Wilbur Millhouse, a DM Register circulation manager, I wonder now if any Register employees had jobs that required the wearing of blue and orange reflective vests. I distinctly recall that the man had an accent—not a foreign accent, but I got the impression he was not originally from Iowa maybe New York, New Jersey, Boston, or somewhere else on the East Coast.
He stopped and watched me for a while, then rolled down his window and motioned for me to come to his car. He asked me for directions to Ankeny, but then insisted I get into his car so I could get warm and he could help me finish my paper route. Six months later, when I heard Johnny was kidnapped by a guy in a Ford Fairmont, I had no doubt it was the same man. Yellow Bag, did you see the comment from a girl named Sarah that does a podcast about the Johnny Gosch case?
I spent some time looking at all the sex abuse arrests reported in the Des Moines Register from to It appears that the Des Moines Police were very aggressive in going after local pedophiles after Eugene Martin was kidnapped in The arrested men all denied being part of a ring, but nearly all either pleaded guilty or were convicted of sexually abusing teen boys. Frank Sykora Register adult carrier, pleaded guilty 2.
Unnamed, presumably Wilbur Millhouse Register circulation manager, pleaded guilty 3. The Des Moines Police raided 3 homes in February of 1. Steve Crawford school volunteer of the year, pleaded guilty 2. Wilbur Millhouse arrested 6 months later 3. The Des Moines Police alleged a child sex ring centered around a local witches coven: 1. Davis Graham school teacher, leader of the coven, pleaded guilty 2.
Jerry Wintz income tax preparer, pleaded guilty 3. Patrick Baird insurance clerk, partially deaf, pleaded guilty 4. Stephen Woodcock school teacher, convicted 5. Larry Hoffman declared mentally incompetent. Also, I found in my research that the Des Moines Register rehired Wilbur Millhouse in he previously worked for them in and Millhouse was sentenced to jail time, forced to undergo a psych evaluation at Broadlawns, and the Register still hired him to work with children. I have been in regular email contact with Sarah, the creator of the Faded Out podcast.
I may do an interview in the future. Sarah, by the way, is doing an outstanding job of analyzing the different Johnny Gosch theories, organizing them into easy-to-follow narratives, separating truth from fiction, and presenting the stories in an interesting way. I had my doubts that a young lady in Connecticut could make any difference in a 36 year old Iowa cold case, but Sarah has proved me wrong. I hear that Sarah uncovered some new information, and I am looking forward to her next podcast tomorrow night.
How close is the sketch to the guy you remember? The Emilio sketch does not resemble the man I saw in the Fairmont. The man I saw in the Fairmont was only around 25 years old and he was not Hispanic. He had black hair, brown eyes, and a well-trimmed mustache. He was medium build, had a very angry look in his eyes, and he spoke with a slight accent not a foreign accent, maybe east coast. The thing that stood out the most to me was his bright blue and orange jacket. If the Emilio sketch looks like anyone, it was Millhouse himself. That makes the Emilio sketch dubious.