Reporters Cynthia Sewell and Patrick Orr of the Idaho Statesman offer up a BLOCKBUSTER STORY on Wednesday’s front page, detailing an unsavory past of the adults involved in the disappearance of Robert Manwill, the 8-year-old tot last seen in the area of Vista and Cherry Lane.
Their detailed account took a lot of effort sifting through court records and no doubt top editors agonized over the “public’s right to know” vs any defendants right to a fair trial. In this case the GUARDIAN thinks the paper put things in perspective and provided a community service.
A major player in this delicate information balancing act is the Boise PD. If coppers were aware of the info detailed in the Statesman story, it would have been nice to share that with searchers. If coppers were not aware of the facts, they need to read the Daily.
Mom is on probation for fracturing the skull of Robert’s half brother, her boyfriend has a history of felony convictions and is banned from being alone with Robert’s half sister.
Adding to the tragic story, Robert’s father lost another son in 1993 when his then wife stabbed him to death in at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. Based on the Daily Paper story, father Charles Manwill had custody of the boy and doesn’t have a record–other than hooking up with women of questionable character.
Slow as they may have been off the starting blocks, the Daily deserves credit for putting the massive search in perspective. The latest info will no doubt shift the emphasis of the investigation. It also leaves open the possibility that citizens and police may have been on the proverbial wild goose chase for the past five days.
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