Michael Devlin Charged with Multiple Counts of Forcible Sodomy in Shawn Hornbeck/Ben Ownby Case


Michael Devlin was charged with further counts of forcible sodomy in the kidnapping case of Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby.

Charges Against Michael Devlin


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Posted February 5, 2007 by
Crime, Sex Offender | 28 comments

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    28 Responses to “Michael Devlin Charged with Multiple Counts of Forcible Sodomy in Shawn Hornbeck/Ben Ownby Case”

    1. scurrier1 on February 5th, 2007 6:20 pm

      Sorry for posting here, but can you please tell me how to register with ‘Scared Monkeys’???? I have looked everywhere on that site for a reg area and cant find it..! Thanks so much for your help



      SM:   On the front page of this blog there is a link to email Red and/or Tom.   Email Red and tell him you would like to join the forum.   Tell him what nickname you want to use and he’ll get you added asap.   (klaasend)

    2. cv on February 5th, 2007 6:36 pm

      It’s too bad we can’t turn some parents loose on him.
      I’d like to give it a shot. He is sick.
      God bless Ben and Shawn and their families.

    3. Patti on February 5th, 2007 6:52 pm

      Throw the book at him! Toss him in a hole to rot for the
      rest of his natural days… or better yet, put him to death
      and save us the time, money and effort that it will take to
      keep him behind bars.

    4. mayan_moons on February 5th, 2007 7:09 pm

      Some people deserve to die, i think this pos is one of them.

    5. Richard on February 5th, 2007 8:04 pm

      This may sound just too weird altogether, if anything can be in this day and age …

      We know that this guy had twisted the mind of the first kid around so that when the second boy was kidnapped, he had the first one guard him. By that time, the first kid to vanish had been in the company of police, his girlfriend, and others, and apparently had not even mentioned that he himself had been seized some years back.

      Is it possible that Devlin wanted … God Almighty, it’s hard even to write it … but wanted the first kid to follow in his footsteps, so to speak? Is it also possible that he wanted him to help bring in more kids?

      I can’t imagine anyone sick enough for this … but whatever the psychological dynamics at work in this situation, they must have been something that none of us can even begin to imagine. Or would want to, I’m sure.

    6. justinsmama on February 5th, 2007 8:32 pm

      Dear God, those poor boys! The horror of what they experienced at the hands of that vile piece of excrement.

      Richard~ My guess is that Shawn was terrorized sufficiently into following the orders of that sicko. Similar to battered woman syndrome.

    7. Joanie on February 5th, 2007 8:42 pm

      I do not think this man is physically or mentally ‘sick’. I believe we use that ‘sick’ term much too easily. Saying that someone is sick, means – to me – that they came down with something. I feel Devlin is just an evil person. “Sick’ implies that he has a brain disorder or some other ailment. Some people out there are just plain old nasty and are healthy as a horse. I mean no disrespect, Richard. I just have a different view of the ‘sick’ term. But, do we use ‘sick’ way to often to describe people like Devlin? A sickness can evoke sympathy in some and Devlin deserves NO such sympathy. People used to tell me I was sick just because my favorite baseball player was not the same race as I. I don’t think I was the one who was sick! Devlin knew exactly what he wanted to do. Sick, he ain’t. Evil, he is.

    8. Patti on February 5th, 2007 8:50 pm

      Has anyone ventured to guess how many victims this man may
      have had before he decided to carry out his wishes in the
      manner he did? How many other boys did he sodomize before
      he came up with the bright idea of kidnapping them; holding
      them captive for what could have been for the rest of their

      America needs to wake up and change the laws to protect the
      innocent. We need to have a death penalty for those like
      this man, who prey upon the weak. Forget the notion that
      we can afford to lock them up for the rest of their lives.
      I’m tired of my tax dollars being spent on keeping people
      like this alive in a cage. Save the cages for the ones that
      can be rehabilitated. He made a choice, every single day,
      and his choice was to continue to hold Shawn captive to his
      sick and disgusting fantasies…. for five years!

      How many others are out there being held, captive, by a
      maniac while their parents are searching, crying and
      begging for their return? I may be aging myself, by saying
      this, but I can remember when kidnapping was a capital
      offense punishable by death. Is it because of our own
      tolerance that this crime has become so popular? Maybe we
      need to stop building more prisons and start protecting our
      people by exercising our duty to kill those that are killing

      We used to hang a man for stealing a horse… now we do very
      little to one that steals our children. Life in a prison
      that, in reality, is more like a hotel in lock-down, is
      hardly the answer. What does it mean to deter crime, in a
      society that has grown tolerant of the crimes inflicted upon
      us? What do we have to do, as a nation, to see that there
      are no more Shawns in this world? Is the death penalty to
      be considered cruel and unusual punishment? What about the
      punishment that was given to Shawn everyday for five years?
      Was that not cruel and unusual?

      We need common sense put back into crime and punishment!

    9. Miss-Underestimated on February 5th, 2007 8:58 pm

      Well, we should watch this case closely and watch the judge of this case even closer.

      Our judges need to enforce the laws that are written.

      Devilman RIH

    10. mbs on February 5th, 2007 9:18 pm

      I think it is very likely that Shawn would not have lived much longer after Devlin abducted Ben, and it’s very lucky that they found him when they did. Devlin is being investigated for several other child disappearances in that area over the years, he may have had many victims.

    11. Leslie on February 5th, 2007 10:37 pm

      That guy weighs 240 lbs.?

    12. mayan_moons on February 6th, 2007 12:42 am

      hey mbs!

      I too am so thankful that the boys were found within a week coz like you i feel Shawn’s days were numbered once Devlin got a younger boy.

    13. Eyeswideopen on February 6th, 2007 1:52 am

      #10 MBS, you have posted EXACTLY what, I believe, to be a fact . . . Shawn’s days were numbered; and as others before him, Shawn had no idea.

      This POS needs to “experience” a loooooooooooong painful existence before he experiences his (imooc) “eye for an eye death. Simply put, the removal of the part he TRAUMATIZED his victims with. A loooooooong sloooooooooow bleeeeeeeeeeed to death sentence; similar to the loooooooong sloooow agonizing life he leaves his victim,to live with with.

      Perhaps similar subhuman pervs will think twice before they act out their waaaaaaaay below animalistic “urges”?

      I’ve HAD IT WITH beings claiming to be male that prey on our children . . . it’s time to treat them as the nonrehabilating waste that they are. I’m fed up with housing/feeding them . . . only so find out they’re out and about to terrorize our kids …. AGAIN!!!

      Gut feeling, and agreeing with you MBS, this POS has been the soul reason for more than one DEATH of a child he has abducted and replaced. I now pray, and pray for forgiveness in praying this, that this “DEVILin” suffers the WORST of the WORST suffering a human body can.

      What are you doing in that basket, Devlin? And say what? . . . You’re going where, you less than excrement from a pissmire ant?

    14. nurturer on February 6th, 2007 2:13 am

      #1 – I’ve attempted to do the same as klaasend recommends to re-new my membership after their server ‘blewup’ and lost all the membership accounts. Since then, my request to have my acount re-created or reactivated have been consistently ignored. Hope you have better luck.

    15. nurturer on February 6th, 2007 2:17 am

      #10 – I agree. Ben was Shawn’s replacement. So, the logical question remains:

      How many ‘replacements’ have there been?

    16. Richard on February 6th, 2007 6:05 am

      Joanie (#7) … No offense at all. I gather that you’re implying that use of the word “sick” ignores the moral element, and that “evil” would be more appropriate.

      I won’t argue against that. What I was getting at is that I was wondering if he was trying to make one of these kids a conscious molester … i.e., to convert him into one, and a willing accomplice.

      But when I said “sick,” I meant that (presumably) none of us reading this can begin to fathom such an impulse, anymore than we really can understand what drove Jeffrey Dahmer to do what he did. We might intellectually accept it, but I don’t think we can really understand it.

      And let me say emphatically, “understand” is not what we need to do. Maybe “believe” is a better word. We know that it happened, but who can believe it in the way that we understand something normal?

      Anyway, I think that what others are saying here probably is more accurate … that sooner or later the days of these kids would be numbered. But that doesn’t explain his keeping the one kid around for so long.

    17. kay zee ess on February 6th, 2007 8:20 am

      By pleading not guilty I think he is preparing to torture the children and their parents once more by forcing them to testify at trial.

      An evil(right Joanie, NOT sick), criminal intent here is laying the foundation for more sadistic actions on behalf of his “innocence”. I guess we will have to put up with his antics all for the cause of justice and a fair trial.

      I have an awful feeling that somewhere, somehow, there exists key evidence that will establish his pattern and that those boys were by no means the first children he abused. I pray that the judge has the common sense to allow whatever evidence the police have discovered and not play with this trial.

    18. glad2bAmerican on February 6th, 2007 12:58 pm

      Maybe Devlin will meet up with Jeffrey Damler’s fate in prison. He took those boys innocense and I am sure the inmates will love him.
      Cruel & sick but this could have been anyone’s children!

    19. Big Lou on February 6th, 2007 1:53 pm

      glad2bAmerican: We can only hope and pray he ends up like Damler ! Sad part is there are thousands just like him all over our country. They ALL should be put to death.

    20. chris on February 6th, 2007 4:32 pm

      The thing that upsets me more than what that creep has done, if that’s possible, is that his attorneys are bashing everyone about jumping to conclusions and saying that there is absolutely no evidence that he is guilty of anything. From the School of Tacopino I guess.
      We know that they know this piece of shoot needs to be put to death. There has to be a better way to defend someone so obviously guilty. But then, being a defense attorney is so much more lucrative. How do these people sleep at night?

    21. high-five on February 6th, 2007 6:44 pm

      To #1 and #14:
      only I have been trying to re-register since May 2006. Sent out about 6 or 7 emails to Red, Tom, and Klaasend (Klaasend at least replies ;) but still nothing. Hope you have better luck – or more patience.


      SM:   Interresting because according to my search you have never even posted on the front page of SM before.   I find that odd for someone that has been trying since May to get into the forum.   (klaasend)

    22. mbs on February 6th, 2007 10:47 pm

      Although Devlin pled not guilty, he admitted the kidnappings and sodomy to the police (page 5 of the charges). I think the plea was a formality, he will probably try to work a deal to avoid a trial. I hope they don’t agree to any kind of reduced sentence, he needs to be in prison for the rest of his life

    23. High-five on February 9th, 2007 10:47 am

      I wasn’t aware that you actually had to post on the front page in order to get assistance in registering. As I stated in my post, it is to your credit that you responded to my requests for help, however, it doesn’t change the fact that requests to Tom and Red go unheeded. How the frequency of one’s front page posts is a direct indication of someones attempts to re-register is beyond me. My first email to either Tom or Red was in May of 2006. Since then I have sporadically requested help in re-registering. You at least on one occasion did reply, however, I was told to contact Tom or Red. I have your original email from then, and also all the messages I sent in order to re-register and they total elevn – since May 2006. I was not aware that in order for re-register requests to be considered, one had to post on the front page.
      Sorry for the confusion


      SM:   Some people prefer to read and not post.   The forum is open for ALL to read.   Why would one post in the forum when they’ve only posted now twice on the front page since May 2006?   (klaasend)

    24. high-five on February 9th, 2007 11:27 am

      Because “Some people prefer to read and not post”.
      And some prefer to post in a forum and not on the front page. It comes down to one’s preference, I suppose. I have, however, been reading since May 2006 since I haven’t been able to re-register, which means I haven’t been able to post in a forum, even if I wanted to, to answer your question. I’m not angry about it, just frustrated and confused why it has turned into a confrontation now. Just wanted to re-register and go to the discussion boards. I don’t see why this has turned into an issue for you. it’s no reflection on you. The number of front page posts I’ve made is irrelevant. It is unfortunate you can’t search the pre-crash posts, in which case you would have found I was a frequent poster. Those were the days….
      But again, Klaasend, it is frustrating.


      SM:   Sorry for the frustration you’ve been through.   I’ve forwarded your request again.   I didn’t mean for this to be confrontational.   (klaasend)

    25. high-five on February 9th, 2007 11:44 am

      No problem Klaasend, I just really felt this was turning into a pissing match and that is not what I intended. I did send you an email also, trying to clarify. You know, if I had the time all day to sit here and post every thought I had, I would but I have a life on this side of the puter, too, that comes way before any re-registration issues with the Monkeys :) I’m sure you can relate. Most days I only have time to read. So that is why I said my attempts were “sporadic”, as in: other things end up taking priority over resolving a registration issue. If I was cranky enough, I suppose I would have emailed T or R everyday until I got a response.
      I did just send another request to T & R, but thanks for doing it for me again. Take care.

    26. truthbtold on February 21st, 2007 11:48 pm

      Yeah, Devlin is a pos, and he made your pizza and you ate it. But has anyone stopped to think that the 1st bou Hornbeck might have went willingly, he certainly had opportunities to leave. And pervers do prey on our children, hypicritical perverts like you who dress your teenage daughters in Gap clothing and make up unitl they look 20 when they are only 12 and you wonder why an old man one molest them. While you’re watching underage actress’ on tv thinking of them sexually.

    27. Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Site on July 8th, 2007 10:17 pm

      [...] Previous charges filed against Michel Devlin. [...]

    28. Somwhere_I_Belong on November 15th, 2007 4:35 pm

      I just emailed Shawn a few hours ago. I gave him all my sympathy. I think Mr. Devlin here needs to learn a few lessons. I have no idea why he would want a child to be his “partner” other than a person his own age. It really gets to me that he would do that to these 2 boys. I’m very happy that the police found Hornbeck and Ownby a little while after Ben was abducted. What scared me the most was that within the days that Ben was with Devlin, Ben got molested 4 times a day. What kind of people would do that!?!!?!?!?! This world is not the same anymore. There are way too many people out there that don’t need to even be seen on the face of the Earth. Well anyways these are just my opinions. I’ll talk to you later!

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