This is an article about the Michigan girl, Katherine Lester, who ran away from home to meet a man she met on MySpace in Jordan…
The FBI is interested in getting a copy of a phone interview a Saginaw TV station did with a man it says was planning to rendezvous in Israel with a teenager from rural Michigan’s Thumb.
“We’d be interested in seeing the interview,” FBI special agent Terry Booth said Sunday.
He would not say if authorities had interviewed the man, who refers to himself as Abdullah Psycho on his MySpace.com page. Nor would Booth comment on any aspect of the investigation to determine “if any federal violations occurred” when Katherine Lester, 16, of Gilford Township traveled to meet a man, thought to be 25, whom she met through the popular Web site.
Lester’s escapade launched an international search that involved local police, the FBI and agents in Amman, Jordan, and Tel Aviv.
CBS affiliate WNEM TV-5 in Saginaw first broadcast its interview with Abdullah on its 10 p.m. news Saturday.
In the interview, the man professed his love for Lester, whom agents intercepted in Amman on Thursday and persuaded to return home. She returned to Bishop Airport in Flint on Friday.
“I love her. She’s mine, only mine,” the man said in the interview.
His artistic, goth-style My-Space page shows a photo of him with his head down and face hidden. The site says: “I give you my heart, Kath” and includes a photo of Lester, who’s listed as a friend on his page.
Initially, the man was described as 25, but WNEM producer Allison Marple said he told a reporter he was 20 and from a wealthy family, which is how he had the means to send Lester the airfare to Israel.
He hasn’t been charged with any crime yet but here is his MySpace.
I’m not afraid to say that this is one creepy story. Let’s forget the part where the girl runs away to Jordan of all places but expecting this girl to run away to Jordan on a whim is just damn creepy.
I also have some apologies to make. In the last entry I did on this I made some comments chiding the parents. At the time I was not aware that the girl ran away after the parents realized the Canada trip was a ruse. I apologize for my assumptions.