You know, I had this whole rant all worked up for today. I had my notes all lined up, videos chosen. And if I do say so myself it would have been epic.
But this morning it doesn't seem all that important.
It all started out last night a little after 9:00.
My wife and I had gone up to one of our local casinos and were having a bite to eat before heading home when her phone started buzzing.
She checked it out and said, "that's weird, it's an Amber Alert, I don't remember ever getting one of these on my phone before."
She said it was a Missouri child abduction case and the police were looking for a gold-colored Ford Ranger.
As we headed south on highway 75 back towards town I noticed one of the flashing signs alongside the road was with the same message.
"Amber Alert-Child Abduction- Be On The Lookout For A Gold-Colored Ford Ranger."
We talked about it a little. But we both kind of figured it was another case of a divorced mom or dad taking off with one of their kids and figured it would probably turn out okay.
We couldn't have been more wrong.
Like always I got up this morning and checked out a few news sites and that's when I read that a little ten-year-old Springfield Missouri girl had been forced into a pick up truck and the driver had sped away with her in broad daylight.
Well, they found the badly beaten body of 10-year-old Hailey Owens late last night.
According to witnesses 45-year-old Craig Michael had driven up and down the street several times before finally finally confronting the little girl, grabbed her and forced her into his truck.
I can't imagine the horror the dirty (very, very filtered word) inflicted on this innocent little girl who was simply walking to a friends house.
And I can't imagine the horror her parents must be going through today and the horror they have to face for years to come.
And knowing that weighs heavily on my mind today.
Anyone who's ever had kids knows exactly what I'm talking about, too.
As for 45-year-old, Craig Michael who has been arrested and charged with her murder.
Well, Mr. Michael, tough guy, if it turns out you did what the say you did I wish they'd skip all the premliminaries and take you back and shoot you in the head like a rabid dog.
Even that's better than what you deserve though.
May you rot in hell...