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Running Down the Barefoot Bandit

Colton Harris-Moore arrives barefoot, handcuffed and shackled as he is escorted by police to Nassau, Bahamas, July 11, 2010. (Credit: flickr/underthelaw)

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.

Guests:

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.

More:

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:

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