In the summer of 1984, 14-year-old Kenny Myers left his home to go for a bike ride when he failed to return, his mother reported him missing. His strangled body was found 30 miles away in a park. A year later, 13-year-old Shawn Moore disappeared while riding his bike and like Kenny, his body was found decomposed two weeks later, 150 miles from his house. Other teen boys reported being kidnapped in a similar fashion, but after their assaults, they were released. Tips began pouring in and eventually the killer, 26-year-old Ronald Bailey, was arrested. His background showed a history of kidnapping and homosexual rapes, starting when he was only 13 years old. Eventually, Ronald opened up to FBI forensic profiler John Douglas about how he chose his victims and his method of murder. Ronald killed boys that reminded him of his younger self. He rationalized that If he could kill his teen self, then he could prevent the monster he grew up to be from hurting others. No one will know the true count of Ronald’s murdered victims, but authorities are convinced Shawn and Kenny weren’t the only ones.
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Journey into Darkness by John Douglas