Exact quote is: ” He looked like he’s been drinking a lot of caffeine !” The quote is from the movie “Who Took Johnny? ” On Netflix. It was one of those who done it…movies that left a a lot of questions unanswered . The movie was directed by Suki Haley, David Bellinson, and Michael Galinsky.
The movie “Who Took Johnny?” premiered at Slamdance Film Festival in 2014. It was a 30 year old cold case about a disappearance of a 12 year old boy named Johnny Gosch. It happened on the morning of September 5th, 1982. He lived in West Des Moines, Iowa. That morning he was out delivering the morning paper. At one point he came across another paper boy and mentioned that a man had asked for directions and that he felt frightened. He also told the boy that the same car was slowly trailing his paper delivery route. At some point someone saw two men grab the boy, pull him into an old Ford Fairmont and drive quickly away. The mom and dad knew something was wrong when he didn’t return home and they found his wagon still full of newspapers. Now days the moment we know a child is missing or kidnapped – The Amber Alert goes out to even signage on the main roads alerting drivers. It’s on the radio, TV and even on phone alerts so people will watch for anything out of the ordinary happening around them. In Iowa, where this wasn’t a normal thing to happen most people felt the police were both lethargic and missed many important clues because of their ineptitude. That of course has changed with more training. At that time they thought kids disappearing was because they were runaways. The mom and Dad went to the police immediately but the police waited 72 hours before they really started to take the story seriously. Now days it’s 24 hours for missing adults…so the attitude has changed with the times. His mom Noreen Gosch after a few weeks made contact with the media -pleading for more information to where her son was. She felt that the police and FBI weren’t treating it as a crime . Many people felt it was being covered up. . So she also hired a private investigator. He later told her there were a global ring of pedophiles. Two years later another boy called Eugene Martin also a disappeared doing his paper route. As the story goes there have been sightings. Once a young boy came up to a woman in a parking lot in Oklahoma and said he was Johnny Gosch then two men grabbed him and drove away. A dollar bill also surfaced with the words “I am alive. Johnny Gosch.” also there was writing on a bathroom wall Then years later Noreen said she answered the door and there stood her son with another young man. They stayed only a couple of hours but were totally fearful of being found out….so left. She hasn’t seen him since. In 1982 Noreen Gosch opened a Johnny Gosch Foundation ” The goal is to educate others with the reality and seriousness of kidnapping, pornography , and the dangers of pedophiles . ” Check out the website yourself. A lot of people feel it’s connected to Washington DC. and Gerald Ford Senior…and a lot of cover ups.
We had a young boy disappear up in a small town in Minnesota. His name was Jacob Wetterling, He was 11 when he was abducted on Oct. 22nd , 1989. Twenty two years later a Danny Heinrich confessed to his murder. When I was a kid growing up in Rochester we were out and about till my mom called us in. That changed with Jacob Wetterling’s abduction. You always end up wishing that people that do these types of things to kids would disappear. The movie left me feeling sad that a young person’s life ended so abruptly without any reason except for someone else’s sick pleasures.