Missing 7-year-old Kyron Harmon's step mother, Terri Horman, is accused of attempting to hire a landscaper as a hit man to kill her husband after she allegedly became aware of an affair he was having. Now allegations have surfaced that she has engaged in a sexual affair, to including sexting hundreds of sexual explicit messages and photos of herself, with a former high school friend and neighbor who lived down the street from the Harmon residence. What is driving this woman, a former female bodybuilder, to basically self destruct in the days before and after Kyron's disappearance? Is it a guiltly conscience, or perhaps "roid rage" from a potential abuse of steroids during her body building activities, or anger at her husband's alleged affair, or something even more bizarre and/or sinister?
The biological father and mother of Kyron have now publicly stated their belief that Terri had something to do with the disappearance of their son. Kyron's father, Kaine, moved from the home he shared with Terri, taking their infant daughter with him and has now filed for divorce. He did this after he allegedly found out that Terri has been trying to develop information about their daughter's whereabouts, especially when Kaine takes her to the gym with him. Is Terri just grief stricken and simply wants to see her 18-month-old daughter, or could, as some have suggested, she be plotting to kidnap her daughter and, well, what; then go on the run?
This case, and the people involved, grows more and more twisted with each new day, and the center of it continues to be a missing 7-year-old that family members said would never have gone with a stranger the day he disappeared from his grade school. Since Terri has already been convicted in the court of public opinion, let's look at the "facts" that have convicted her. She is his step mother; she was the last person known to be with him the morning he disappeared; her story about her whereabouts and activities after leaving Kyron at school do not seem to match up to the location of the "pings" on her cell phone; she was said to be angry with her husband over an alleged affair on his part; her husband said she suffered severe post partum depression after the birth of her young daughter, depression that affected her behavior; she allegedly tried to hire someone to kill her husband at least seven months ago, someone she also is alleged to have had an affair with; and now, in the middle of all of this she has allegedly engaged in a sexual affair with a neighbor and a friend of her husband's. Is she, as Freud would say, "just nuts," or is this behavior related to her depression, anger and rage over her husband's alleged affair? And; if even half of this is true, would this present a motive for possible murder, i.e., if she couldn't hurt her now third husband in the physical sense, did she decide to emotionally hurt him for the rest of his life by taking the life of his son?
Why, some ask, don't investigators simply arrest Terri and charge her with Kyron's disappearance and/or murder? We all know what probable cause is, something that is present in this case, but not in a large amount, so to speak. Should she be arrested she would, of course, have every reason to cease cooperating with investigators, a reason they don't want to give her at this point. Besides; she's going nowhere and every day she's on the street is another day she could provide some clue as to the possible whereabouts of young Kyron. Kaine Harmon has said that Terri "failed" two polygraph tests, but what aspect did she fail, noting that polygraphs are not the great detector or truth or lies and are inadmissible in every state but one in the U.S. Linking physical evidence is what investigators need to implicate Terri in Kyron's disappearance, evidence that can stand the test of a court room and not simply the court of public opinion. And while many hold onto the hope that Kyron could still be alive, perhaps held by some mysterious kidnapper, most know the limited statistical probability of such an ending to this case. In the meantime the public, the media, and most of all Kyron's family await some resolution of this case, one that appears to be linked to a body building, depressive and angry step mom that's not talking to authorities.
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