Colton Harris-Moore, aka “The Barefoot Bandit.” 19 years old. A new Jesse James. We track his story.
Colton Harris-Moore, aka “the barefoot bandit,” is nineteen years old and in big trouble.
The trouble’s not new. His family life was a cruel mess.
He’s been stealing since he was twelve. Fled juvenile detention two years ago – and became a global legend. Stealing boats, cars and planes in the Pacific Northwest. Living in the woods. Thousands of fans on Facebook. Flying, fleeing, across the country.
Captured this month in a hail of bullets in the Bahamas. Who becomes a new Jesse James in the age of Internet fame? Colton.
This hour On Point: the saga of Colton Harris-Moore.
Jackson Holtz, reporter for the Everett Herald, a county newspaper that covers Camano Island, in Washington state, home of the Colton Harris-Moore. He has been covering the story since 2007. See his paper’s interactive timeline about the story and subject.
Zack Sestak, administrator of the Facebook fan page, Colton Harris-Moore Fan Club. The page has 24,042 members as of July 23, 2010.
John Miller, alleged victim. According to Miller, Harris-Moore made off with his Cessna Corvalis plane from a hanger in Indiana.
Paul Schneider, author of “Bonnie and Clyde: The Lives Behind the Legend.” You can hear his On Point interview about the book.
There are multiple Facebook pages devoted to “The Barefoot Bandit.” Here’s another one: Colton Harris-Moore, The Barefoot Bandit.
Everett Herald (WA) reporter Jackson Holtz has written at least 100 stories about the “Barefoot Bandit.” Holtz provided On Point a list of gems: