One has to wonder how good are the security forces in the USA today. How many investigators, Police Officers and Private Detectives does it take to catch a runaway girl who has been missing for more than 6 years while racketing up hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans she got under a variety of aliases.After failure in all the efforts to capture the 20-year-old South Carolina Esther Reed they’re planning to bring out the big guns Boo hoo! The Secret Service. Esther Reed has left a trail of an intricate web of lies across the USA. She has conned herself into Ivy League Colleges, got into law school, got hefty student loans which as far is known she is not repaying. She has changed her name at least seven times. She assumes the names of persons who are missing because the assumption might be that these people are already been dead so they are safer. In the meantime the families of these missing girls, hopes get raised when they find out a person bearing the description of their missing loved ones has been cited. It is a cruel thing, but Reed is obviously a sick girl. She fooled her new friends with stories that she is a professional chess player and makes a lot of money through her winnings. According to Reed’s sisters, Esther had a problem with her weight. Esther did not like herself and suffered from low self-esteem and did not have a lot of friends. What she had going for her was her smarts. She was a skilled debater and did well in school. Family members said that Esther was a happy child but the happy child would grow into a sullen, maladjusted teen, who wrote in a 1999 e-mail to her sister Edna, “When I was 14, I learned how to lock myself up in a little box and I had no idea how to unlock it. …I feel like I had this wall surrounding my soul and I couldn’t get out and nothing could get in.”
“She was having a lot of trouble at home and I think that interfered with her abilities as a student,” remembers Jim Therriault, who was Esther’s English teacher. He also coached her in the one school activity she really seemed to enjoy: competitive debate.
“She wanted to be a lawyer. And she would be so good. But she always talked about going to school, to Harvard,” Edna remembers.
But despite her smarts, Esther dropped out of high school as her emotional problems mounted. She did not want to be her. She did not like herself and her mother, who was her champion, died of cancer. And Esther seemed to have lost it then. Her life appeared not to have matter much.
At the same time, 3,000 miles away in South Carolina, a similar tale of teenage angst was playing out in Brooke Henson’s house. Like Esther, Brooke had also quit high school, and worse, had started dating a known bad boy. When the family learned that Brooke was in Harvard University, the parents knew that was not possible because their brook was never smart enough and that’s when the stories of Esther Reed began to unravel and come into the public sphere in a big way. Last evening CBS 58 hour mystery said that after all the efforts to catch Esther Reed has failed. The authorities are wondering if there is a more sinister side to Esther Reed – is she a spy, is she could she become a terrorist? The plot thickens and Esther Reed is having a good laugh watching professionals sweat over a twenty-something ordinary girl who managed to escape their net for 6 years or she is sweating bullets knowing she is close to the end of her line. Is it any wonder we can’t catch Bin Laden?
Ether Reed has finally been captured. Read the entire saga here