One of the boons of the Internet is that it can be used to help those in need by spreading information quickly and widely: disseminating descriptions of missing children, raising money to treat sick children, requesting prayers for desperately ill children, helping to fulfill the last wishes of dying children.
Unfortunately, this boon has also proved to be a double-edged sword. Appeals for help get out quickly and spread widely, but they also never go away. Our inboxes continue to be clogged with messages about missing children who have long since been found or sick children who have long since recovered (or died), not to mention a plethora of missives that are nothing but mean-spirited hoaxes.
Children are being kidnapped by abductors who cut the hair and change the clothes of their victims.*
Bucklew, David “Darren”:
de Leon, Jeff: