It was an intense week, with many interviews for TV and radio. In my Google search for the links to these interviews, I came across some blogs where Eduardo and I were mentioned. We’ve come under attack by some of the people of San Miguel who are concerned about their businesses due to the bad publicity in sharing our story. The gossip has been flying, and they’ve found a way to creatively fabricate the “real story” behind our kidnapping. Somehow we provoked this, according to these individuals, who all have a different version of what really happened. This is very sad to me, because instead of rallying around us to demand justice, they are all stuck in their own gossip which is completely counter-productive and defaming for Eduardo and I. As if it weren’t enough to go through what we went through, now we have to defend ourselves from character assassination. They all ought to be ashamed of themselves.
If Eduardo and I had something to hide, why would we go public with our story? Why would we call this kind of attention to it? Could The Washington Post, The New York Times, Dateline NBC, CNN, FOX News, The Mexican Federal Police, The Mexican Attorney General, the FBI, and two professional private investigators all be wrong? Could we have pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes, to cover up the “real story”? Doubtful.
We’ve been accused of profiting on our story to the tune of $200,000. in payment from Dateline NBC. For the record, NBC didn’t pay us a single cent for being on their show. Serious news outlets don’t pay for their stories, that would be unethical. We haven’t made a dime on our story. Anyone with any doubts on that should contact Carol Gable at NBC. I also haven’t made a penny on the book, as I yielded the advance to Mark Ebner.
I want to thank the people out there who have defended Eduardo and I on these shameless blogs, and in person in San Miguel when these very ignorant people start running their mouths. I question the character and the motives of anyone who would go out of their way to slander the victim of such a brutal crime in order to protect their own individual interests.
The best way to protect San Miguel, and all of Mexico, and draw in more tourism, is to make it a safer place to go. Personally attacking the few people who are speaking out and demanding justice, is only making things worse.
Out of all of those gossip mongers out there who claim to have the “real story”, not one of them called the authorities with any tips, nor did they call the NBC tip-line with any credible leads. That’s because their only interest is defaming us for speaking out and effecting tourism negatively. It’s amazing to me. It doesn’t get any lower than that.