Friday, December 17, 2010
John Skelton, the father of three missing boys, said in a court hearing in Adrian, Michigan, on Thursday, December 16, 2010, that he gave his sons to someone from an organization who visited his home on Thanksgiving. But he wouldn't identify the group, reported the Associated Press and other media sources.
It was the first time Skelton had publicly discussed his sons since his arrest November 30, 2010, on parental kidnapping charges. The hearing was related to custody, not his criminal case. The boys ~ Andrew, 9, Alexander, 7, and Tanner, 5 ~ have not been seen since Thanksgiving when they were at their father's home in Morenci, on the Michigan-Ohio border.
Skelton, 39, told Judge Margaret Noe that he gave the kids to a "person in a van," The Daily Telegram reported on its website.
"I know the organization, but I didn't know the person," Skelton said.
"What organization?" Noe asked.
"I would rather not say at this time," Skelton replied.
Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said he's heard similar references to what John Skelton said in court.
"I'm skeptical of what he's saying," Weeks told the Telegram. "We're not expecting a positive outcome."
In a written statement, Weeks said police have followed up on 900 tips, including some suspected sightings, but "we have been unable to confirm that any of them are the Skelton boys."
Skelton remains held on $30-million bond.
In Mysterious America, of course, I detail the reported use of "vans" in the child abduction cases labeled under the umbrella term "phantom clowns." Needless to say, these have been as elusive as Mr. Skelton's alleged child abduction organization may be to track down. But there is a hint of something sinister in this Michigan report. It is, indeed, intriguing that Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks has heard reports of similar incidents. As we may reveal here soon, a nationwide series of bizarre child hanging cases seem to be related to a mysterious shadowy organization of pedophiles, related to Peter Pan, the Hook, and the the Lost Boys. More on that another time.
Name/location items on this case include:
One name in the mix here that might be the key is "Skelton." Were the Michigan boys "skeleton keys" in some ritualistic way?
Where are these three "lost boys"?
Morenci is a city in Lenawee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,398 at the 2000 census. Lenawee is a Henry Schoolcraft neologism thought to be derived from a Native American word meaning "man"—from the Delaware leno or lenno or the Shawnee lenawai.