Walt the Wonder Boy is finally found. It turned out to be his vindictive uncle who kidnapped him to get money and most of all revenge. Here is the full story of how the wonder boy escaped on his own. Do you know the expression not appreciating what you have until you lost it? Well, our Walt says that he certainly knew what he had lost when he was kidnapped five months ago and that he now has had his life returned to him. We are in Rapid City, South Dakota, where the boy yesterday came out of the woodwork. He had escaped in a car, but the heap had run out before he had driven twenty miles.
Luckily a travelling salesman had picked him up and driven him to the nearest police station where he was ”treated like the crown prince of Ballyball”. This is quite different to the treatment he has been exposed to by the kidnappers. Russian roulette Tied up with constantly itching ropes, the boy had been sitting in a dark room for months with only canned food to eat. ”There were moments where I couldn’t help myself. When tears just fell from my eyes and wouldn’t stop”, Walt explains. Spiders would run up and down his face, covering his hair with eggs.
He was slapped around and abused in form of taunts and verbal digs. Occasionally his uncle would twirl a gun on his finger and press it against his skull, just to see the reaction but at all time Walt kept his mouth shut and avoided to provoke his uncle. ”I was scared to death, but knew that my uncle wasn’t going to kill me – he wanted more than that” Walt tells. Fifty thousand dollars in a straw suitcase It turned out to be correct. The uncle had kidnapped him and hidden him away in that treeless and desolated place to get a fifty thousand dollar ransom elivered in a straw suitcase. This information is from Walt’s master who had to sell all of his belongings to get the money and purchase Walt’s freedom. But before he got a chance to do that, Walt had found his own way of escaping from the uncle’s prison. He had outwitted his captors and stolen off before the kidnappers could catch him. The opportunity had arisen when the uncle had forced Walt to show the gimmick of his world famous flying act, of which his conspirator Fritz did not approve.
The two kidnappers ended up in a big fight, and didn’t notice Walt crawling out of the house and into the uncle’s old car. The second he started the engine, he was surrounded by gunfire, but managed exceptionally to get away alive only with small wounds. Hotdogs and fans His first meal was soup and Coney Island hotdogs, which was served at the police station. His master came this morning to pick the boy up. We were lucky to get a detailed description of Walt the Wonder Boy’s dramatic escape before he put an end to it. They disappeared into a back room of the police station guarded by two police officers.
After an hour of waiting they came out to the gawkers and well-wishers and were embraced by a crowd of people from all over the state who had heard the news. One of them is a huge Walt the Wonder Boy fan, who told me that she had driven all the way from Minneapolis to see this incredible boy and hear the magnificent story of his kidnapping, which she had been following closely in the newspapers the last month. But she didn’t get the chance to talk with the boy face to face, because he was pushed into a chauffeur driven car and off he was. We hope to see the boy make wonders again soon.