- May 26, 2016
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Just noticed this, and thought that I would update everyone. Both of Steven's parents passed away in 2021. His father on February 19th at the age of 58. His mother on April 3rd at the age of 59. Via the obituaries the father listed Steven as living, the mother did not.
It is always sort of sad when the parents pass away. Even if the case gets solved, the fact that the parents died not knowing what happened has to be disappointing. The abduction happened at night so the one theory you can come up with is that whoever it was had to be able to see Steven as he was walking. But someone in a car could probably see him walking too. That is always a possibility.
As this case approaches its 21st anniversary, hopefully there is some clue that provides a break in the case and answers the question of what happened to Steven Kraft after he left to walk his two dogs on the night of February 15, 2001.
Almost $1,000 in redacting … kind of not surprised, personally ….Thought I'd try to shoot out a FOIA for this. The first image is what they're willing to release for free. The second image is how much they're wanting to charge for the rest of the records.
The photo no longer shows up on the page. Can you please re-upload it?I wouldn't definitively rule it out, but if you're referring to the picture below, based on the yellowing of the image and the clothing worn by the boy, it looks like it was taken in the early '80s.
It's about control, serial predators like Devlin thrive on the control they have over their victims. Since he is the only man who knows where Steven is, and likely where Arlin is too, then he still controls them and he doesn't want to give up that perceived power unless he is forced to. That also takes advantage of Michigan and Missouri state laws that require physical evidence, in this case, human remains, to charge anyone with anything, no matter how strong the circumstantial evidence against Michael Devlin is.I have wondered what Devlin has to gain by denying it if he was involved in Steven Kraft's dissapearance? He s not getting out of jail ever though maybe he does not want everyone to know about whatever else he has done.
Michael Devlin is also accused of having tried to lure a 14-year-old boy into his truck, in Robinson, Illinois, on December 26, 1998. The man tried offering the boy a ride in his truck on a cold day, but would-be victim was lucky enough to have run away and it had been reported to Crawford County Sheriff's office, but little to nothing was done. At the time, nobody knew who the suspect was until 21 years later when the victim chanced upon Devlin's mugshot while doing research on human trafficking. A criminal complaint has since been filed in that case, although nothing has yet been released to the public since the complaint was transferred to St. Louis FBI field office on Oct. 26, 2020. The victim in Robinson, at the time, was almost identical in appearance to Devlin's known victims, and Steven Kraft. Steven Kraft was also walking outside on a cold day. Could the same man have tried the same tactic?July 26 2020 rbbm.
Michael Devlin is now a suspect in five cases of missing boys
''Just how far does Michael Devlin's trail lead? A police task force is looking into five cases of missing children, wondering if Devlin could be responsible. The five cases all involve the disappearance of young boys, including one in Illinois, three in Missouri, and one in Western Michigan. It's that case in Michigan that's raising a lot of questions. Police now know Devlin has strong ties to that part of the country.
"It's very eerie to think this guy, you've watched him on TV and he could possibly know after six years where your brother is." Jodi Bopp gets cold chills just thinking Michael Devlin could have kidnapped her brother Steven Kraft.
The 12-year-old went missing in February of 2001 in Benton Township, Michigan. A police task force now says, as a boy, Devlin's family would rent a cottage in Pentwater, Michigan: just two hours north of Benton Township. "I think the similarities are there as to what he did in Missouri could have happened up here", said Benton Township Police Chief Vince Fetke. "This guy was in Michigan, the highway was more than a mile and a half from our home. Then to come to find out he had kidnapped two other children for sure."
Those children, Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby reportedly lived in a Kirkwood apartment building with Devlin.''
Power and control. While Devlin remains the only person who knows where Stevie is and what happened to him, Devlin still maintains total control over him. That control over their victims is what serial sexual offenders thrive on. It's what makes them tick. Someone needs to convince Michael Devlin that he no longer has control over Stevie and I will bet a dollar he will confess when that happens.I have wondered what Devlin has to gain by denying it if he was involved in Steven Kraft's dissapearance? He s not getting out of jail ever though maybe he does not want everyone to know about whatever else he has done.