Friday, April 08, 2005
Get em Johnny Boy!
Johnny Gosch, Jeff Gannon, Hunter Thompson and the unraveling of a troubling tale.
Noreen Gosch sits in a booth at the West Des Moines Village Inn, nursing a cup of coffee and managing, despite her larger-than-life personality, to blend into the surroundings and keep a low profile in the almost empty restaurant. She is open with her thoughts and willing to share what information she can, yet she remains guarded - cautious and thoughtful in a manner often mistaken as cold and standoffish. She thinks carefully as she speaks about her son, Johnny, and the players in a bizarre conspiracy surrounding his disappearance in 1982 that continues to evolve, and may finally be on the verge of breaking down.
"Just because you don't want to believe something is true," says Noreen slowly, "that doesn't mean it's not true."