The disappearance of Haleigh Cummings was overshadowed by the case against Casey Anthony. I followed both cases, but I did a lot more research and digging in Casey Anthony’s case than with Haleigh’s. At the time of both, I hadn’t gotten into reading blogs or comments or joined any message boards to talk about either case, but I now realize a lot has been said that I’ve missed.
I remember hearing about Haleigh’s case and was puzzled. I could believe that a kidnapping could occur with the stepmom (Misty Croslin) sleeping next to the child, if she were drinking, doing drugs, or even if she was a hard sleeper. I could also believe that a kidnapping was staged. I watched her “hypnosis” video and she was fighting being hypnotized. She wasn’t trying to recall anything. Since I haven’t read all that much on it since watching that hypnosis video, I can’t really give any solid theories. Misty Croslin is currently incarcerated on drug trafficking charges. She was caught on video, so there isn’t even a question of her guilt of those charges.
In the search of Murt, there was information that he lived in Putnum County (where Haleigh lived) at the time of her disappearance. There was a blog I came across accusing the “anonymous owner of Radionewzblog” of Haleigh’s disappearance. The author attempted to accuse the blogger of Radionewz.net, but all he did was reveal a back and forth conversation between Boyle and “others”. This back and forth conversation is rather damning if the accusations between Boyle and “others” are true.
I don’t “play” the victim. I am a victim of cyberstalking. Cyberstalkers frequently call what they do a “game”, or spin it around and say the victim is “playing games”. Games are fun, cyberstalking isn’t.
I’ve come across people who have been cyberstalked for years, and their stalker has not been held accountable for their criminal behavior. Why? I don’t accept being a victim without any action on my part to stop it and see to it that the criminal actions of my stalker(s) are criminally prosecuted. I understand the victims’ perspective-it is far from an easy endeavor. It takes time, effort, and loading yourself up with knowledge of your rights and what you can do to stop it. It also takes emotional strength and restraint. I can’t even count how many times I’ve wanted to verbally berate every single person(s) who have contributed to the stalking. I’m not perfect, and I have snipped back a time or two.
I have experienced personally what lengths some will go to stalk a victim; it made me ponder the idea of these cyberstalkers having a handbook. I’ve seen the same tactics used over and over again-not just with me, but with other victims of cyberstalking.
I’m of the belief that knowledge is power, and for the victims, understanding how these people operate can only help in understanding what can be done to protect yourself and how you can assist in the prosecution of these criminals.