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Alabama captor Jimmy Lee Dykes seized boy to gain attention

Oklahoman Published: February 6, 2013

What 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes wanted when he took his young hostage was to get on national TV and demonstrate to everybody that he was as important as he imagined himself to be.

“He’s a guy who’s a nobody who doesn’t feel that way about himself,” a source with intimate knowledge of the case says. “Grandiosity.”

The source surmises that Dykes saw all the media attention generated by the Newtown massacre and decided that school kids and guns were just the way for him to get a lot of attention.

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