Here is what I’ve come to understand, thus far from Asha’s profile I talked about, earlier:
• Happy: Asha had no reason whatsoever to run away from happiness
• Very shy: This social anxiety is a fear of the unknown; Asha trusts only those in her world
• Intelligent: Asha had to make sense of any plan to leave secretly and keep any secret
• Close to her sibling: Perpetrator knew O’Bryant well and must have considered the relationship if he’s
to make his secret safe with Asha.
• Afraid of the dark: It was pitch-black dark; Asha had to feel safe and in the company of a trusted person
• ‘Deathly’ afraid of dogs: It’s near impossible Asha would step out alone esp. rural area/the woods. The
first barking dog would have sent he hurrying home in a panic.
• Feared thunder: The night was stormy, the rain a downpour; she had to be in known company
• Loved school: Asha only missed one school day several months earlier; she left on a school day
• Fun-filled: Enjoyed the company of friends & family; receptive to celebrating
• Conscientious: Asha’s obedience supports the ‘good secret’ ideal; stayed away from trouble
• Self pride: Enjoyed doing things right; followed the direction of authority/those she trusted
• Holds herself accountable: Further supports she believed she was doing the right thing by leaving
• Responsible: Doesn’t engage in risky/bad behaviors; takes care in what she does
• Team player: Eager to participate in group efforts with only those she knows
• People pleaser: Easily manipulated into doing things to make others happy; doesn’t want to hurt feelings
• Perpetrator had to have known about Asha’s clothing, parent’s anniversary, The Whipping Boy story, Asha’s schedule, her personality; too many inside facets of her life only an insider would know to successfully pull this scheme off.
In summary, it’s an extreme stretch of the imagination that Asha’s actions would be in complete contradiction to everything she knows, everything she’s known to do. Too, it’s a hard stretch that Asha would purposefully ruin her parent’s anniversary by running off for even one day, having her close and extended family, schoolmates–everyone she knows–angry and disappointed in her.
Someone who knew Asha, her brother and her parents (enough to know their anniversary date) AND had regular access to Asha, is responsible for getting this sheltered child out of her own, happy home and of her own free will.
On the next page I’ll talk about Asha’s bookbag and how its contents reveals even more about this monster who is responsible for Asha’s disappearance.
Page Poser: After her profile recap here, are you finding it harder to broach the idea a child like Asha would consider leaving out in the dark of night in such a rural area? Why or why not? Please know, I’m not looking for everyone to believe my ideals. It’s important to get input from every angle in researching anything.