Johnny Gosch and Writing

Dec. 1 at home after from spending Thanksgiving with our son and his family, I saw a program about Johnny Gosch. I remember Johnny’s story because he’s about the same age as our son, Steven. Johnny was abducted from a West Des Moines, Iowa street while delivering the morning paper. It was 1982 and he was 12. Steven was a paper boy at that time as well, and Steve and I began helping our son deliver his papers after the report of Johnny’s disappearance.

Johnny has never been found. His parents divorced in the 90s, and his mother, Noreen, reported that Johnny came to her house one night in 1997. He told her not to tell anyone because he’d be killed, so she didn’t report his visit right away.

Our family is fortunate not to have had to face this horror, and I extend my prayers and heart-felt compassion to the Gosches and other families who have had to endure this tragedy.

What does Johnny Gosch have to do with writing and writers? His case:

* offers a multitude of opportunities for a reporter to investigate one of these crimes and possibly help solve it.

* motivates someone to write about an organization or various organizations that assist families of abducted children.

* provides a chance for someone to write publicity for an organization that assists families of abducted children.

* gives the nonfiction writer a chance to delve into the psyche of the abductor.

* write about creative ways children can avoid being abducted.

This is just the start. Anyone out there with more ideas?

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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  4. ana says:

    Jo Ann,
    I don’t know of any other way to contact you. I received two BB&T checks in the mail with your and your husbands name on it. I believe it to be fraudulent; please contact me asap. I found you my googling your name.

    • Jo Ann Mathews says:

      I think I answered this at another site.
      You are right. This is a scam.
      Thanks for letting me know.

      Jo Ann Mathews

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