June 16, 2008
Imagine if you found out your teenage daughter was falling in love with an older man on the Internet, concocting a plan to be together, 5,591 miles away in a war-torn country. This is an alert to all parents: Do you know what your child is doing on the computer?
A Nightmare Revisited
When Shawn’s daughter, Katherine, was 16, she made international headlines by running away to the Middle East to be with Abdullah, 20, whom she met online. Though she never met him in person, she was convinced she was in love.
Is Katherine Being Brainwashed?
Shawn and Katherine’s sister, Mary, say when they talk with Katherine on the phone, something is different in her voice. They fear she’s in serious danger and may even be brainwashed by this man she wants to marry.
The Aunts Weigh In
Katherine’s great aunt, Jill, and aunt, Tamara, are shocked and dismayed by their niece’s fearless mission to be with Abdullah. Tamara says she’s witnessed Abdullah’s temper over the phone and thinks he’s not who he says he is.
Blind Faith or Naïveté?
Katherine joins the conversation via satellite from the Middle East. With Abdullah out of the room, will she speak freely about how she’s being treated? When is she planning on coming home? Is there a marriage contract?