We had an unfortunate incident here last week. The March 2, 2012 show of America's Most Wanted reported that Eddie VanHouten, a convicted pedophile, jumped parole in Arizona several years ago and is at large, possibly in Mexico.
Well, they are (or were) right about him being in Mexico. He is the mechanic who helped me make repairs to my windless last year.
Someone who had watched the show saw Eddie, or Butch as he was known here, and mentioned this on the cruisers morning radio net. Butch was on board one of the boats in the marina repairing its diesel engine. He couldn't hear the radio from where he was, so the owner foolishly told Butch about it, and asked if this report was true. Butch's response was to drop his tools and disappear, running full tilt down the dock, to the parking lot, into his truck. The boat owner called the TV show, and was chastised by the host for giving Butch the heads up that allowed him to escape. Needless to say Butch has not been seen and the boat owner is trying to find a new mechanic.
I was shocked when told about Butch, and it took a few moments to come to terms with the change in his status, from an amiable acquaintance to a sexual predator. He was on the docks all the time doing boat jobs, and seemed to be easy going and cheerful. I offered him a beer once while he was working for me. He declined saying he had given up drinking as it made him "crazy". I guess so.