I've been following the murder of the school bus driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr., and kidnapping of a boy by Jimmy Lee Dykes in Midland City, Alabama and I have a few questions about the situation. My first concern is for the little boy who has been held in what the media calls an underground bunker for four days and counting.
What is Dykes doing with this little boy? Is there nothing that law enforcement can do to get this child out?
The community and law enforcement knew about this man, Jimmy Lee Dykes. They knew he had beaten a 120 pound dog to death with a metal pipe. They knew that he had threatened neighbors and others in the community with his guns. They knew he had fired a handgun at a man, his mother and six-month daughter. So why was this man not locked up? He was supposed to have been in court to face charges that he'd shot at his neighbors over what is described as a minor property dispute. (photo: Jimmy Lee Dykes / Alabama Department of Public Safety )
Dykes demanded two little boys when he boarded the school bus. Why? Why did he want not one, but two, little boys? What was his plan for these two boys?
The media continues to report on the bunker, which many people might refer to as a storm cellar, saying Dykes had worked on it for over a year, how he had it filled with supplies, how he would stay in it for weeks at a time. How do they know this information?
Apparently at least one neighbor has been close enough to see inside, see the materials used to make the steps and walls. A neighbor Jimmy Davis told CNN that Dykes worked on his bunker in the middle of the night -- every other night, between 2 and 3 a.m., for a year and a half.
Why would the bus driver open the door for Dykes?
Another neighbor said that Dykes had smoothed out the sand on the dirt road where the bus turns around in the past. Did Dykes do this to get on good terms with the bus driver so the bus driver would not be worried when he approached the bus doors? The same neighbor said that the bus driver was so appreciative he wanted to give Dykes a gift of yard eggs and marmalade for the gesture, but Dykes wouldn't come to the gate.
So was the building of the bunker, the smoothing of the gravel road, all part of a long-term plan by Dykes to eventually abduct some boys and hold them for an extended period of time? If so, what did he plan to do with the boys?
The bus driver gave his life to protect the boys, their is no question about that.
Charles Albert Poland Jr.