The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Edward Lanphear

Police say that Edward Lanphear has been arrested after a young man escaped his home, and ran to a nearby house for assistance after experiencing a horrible ordeal.

According to the Fox News story, Lanphear frequented the same bar the young victim did, and after recently passing out in a car, the victim awoke to discover that he'd been chained, put in flex cuffs and blindfolded. The young man also reported being sexually assaulted before he was able to escape.

When police arrived, they stumbled upon another young man who had disappeared after telling friend he was walking home alone after a fireworks display. Police say that that man ended up getting a ride from Lanphear. During the course of driving, Lanphear pulled over told the victim he was a police officer, and hand cuffed him. At one point the handcuffs became loose, and police say that Lanphear then knocked the young man out. He spent the next days restrained in Lanphear's basement, where he was also sexually assaulted.

Both victims were in their 20's.

Edward Lanphear, 46, was ordered held on $1 million bond, but court records online did not show charges filed against him as of Wednesday evening. The Wood County jail confirmed he remained in custody but would not release any attorney information for him.

Updated July 15th:

An evidence list of items removed from Lanphear's home has been provided by the police department, 12 pages of it are available for viewing here.

Some of the items include:
Gay Porn, pad lock, chain, envelop with $3,300 in cash, sweat pants, bill bottle containing pills, boxers with the crouch cut out, and many other items. One I personally found odd, was a newspaper clip about the murder of Brittney Zimmerman of WI.

Formal charges against Lanphear have also been filed, :

12 felonies and a misdemeanor; including kidnapping, first degree sexual assault, false imprisonment and impersonating a peace officer.

There is also news on one of the victims, who was lucky enough to survive this horrifying ordeal.

A few hours after the 21-year-old was released from a hospital on Thursday, his family said they wanted to talk about the ordeal. Late that night, the family gathered in a Wisconsin Rapids living room, staying close and watching over the 21-year-old man -- just as they had since he was found Tuesday evening.

"Everything that I've gone through -- the turmoil I went through the last couple of days -- they were closest to me and helped get me through all of it," the 21-year-old said.

As the clock struck midnight and Thursday turned to Friday, the family sat in a close circle on furniture and chairs borrowed from other rooms to share support and lend strength to each other. The 21-year-old sat on a kitchen chair a few feet away from his father, speaking softly and trying to find the perfect words during the interview. The 21-year-old's mother sat on the floor near his feet, trying to stay close. Between mother and father, the young man's sister sat on another chair, while the man's grandfather and a close family friend was nearby.

Because I deal with so many victims, I have to point out the sheer beauty of his last quote in this story:
"I know this will scar me for the rest of my life, but it's not going to change who I am," he said. "It's made me stronger."

His strength, his desire to live, his love for his family has helped him to survive this- and I'm in awe over his courage to look this in the face, and not let it overpower him. It's tragic when anyone has to experience any assault- but this gives others the hope that they too can face unimaginable dangers and fight to be a surviver.