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I heard about this case years ago in a true crime book (I think by J. Walsh). I recently was reminded as I heard a Coast to Coast show with the host from Darkness Radio interviewing the filmmakers and Noreen Gosch. It was a really interesting show. I told my Wife about it and then we stumbled onto the film here on Amazon Prime and decided to watch it.
First off my heart and Prayers go out to the Gosch Family especially Noreen Gosch who is exceptionally tough and brave for her Son even after all these years. Unfortunately the film wasn't what I expected. I was hoping for more details on the crime and an even more extensive timeline of events. The editing seemed rushed, and a lot of focus was spent on a potential suspect rather than on current state of the investigation.
I was left wondering about many things after watching the film. Mainly the whereabouts of Johnny Gosch of course, but also about details in the criminal investigations. Is it still ongoing or not? Frankly, I got more info out of the Coast to Coast show and even then the host was trying to leave out details so folks would watch the film.
I think the main benefit of the film is that it does keep this case in the collective conscience of folks who grew up in the 80's when this happened which is very important to prevent future crime. Also, casting a spot light on the original investigators and their shortcomings is vital to teach all those involved the importance of a missing child report.... how seconds count in the beginning phase of a missing subject.
I read a lot of true crime, and watch many forensic shows so possibly I was expecting more detail. However, the film just didn't live up to expectations. I appreciate the fact that the filmmakers are promoting awareness, which is why I gave a 3 star review as honestly I had to resist a lower score.
This is an excellent movie done in a documentary style of how far law enforcement has come since the 1960's with handling of child kidnapping. It also shows the sacrifices and frustrations of parents trying to find their children. It really opened my eyes.
Growing up in Iowa and just a couple of years older than Johnny, I don't remember a lot of the story so this was a great way to bring the history together.
I am a few years younger than Johnny so I can't say I remember this case. But I do remember the 80's changing from a "safe" place for children to a place parents were constantly in fear for the kids. This documentary really is shocking with how the government handled child abductions prior to reality smacking them in the face...a well made movie that had me wanting to have more info.
Incredible documentary that exposes the dark truth to human trafficing.
An amazing story. Probably the first link in the developed chain of the evolution of attempting to protect children from everything. Also very illustrative of the evil that pedophiles have brought to society. Sick.
I didn't know what to expect... Had I known the dark subject, I may not have watched. I am glad I did. The filmmakers bring a steady, fact based perspective to a story that had defined my childhood and parenthood experiences alike. Must watch.
After watching this powerful documentary I hope, even more than I did before, that the FULL truth of who took Johnny will come to light and maybe, just maybe, Johnny can actually come home because more of the boys caught in this "family" the criminals have forced them to form will come forward.
Several times during the viewing I heard myself exclaim, "Holy ***t! Are you kidding me?!?!?" I had followed Noreen's search for Johnny quite closely since I was just a year younger than Johnny and living in nearby Norwalk when he was taken and there were a number of details which I had never heard.
Watch this! Share it with friends! Let's join Noreen in finding out what happened to her son.
I've always been a fan of true crime TV shows and documentaries, and waited way too long to watch this excellent film by Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley. Finally (and well-deservedly) available here and on Netflix, it's a compelling story that ended up really surprising me with many of the disturbing facts presented – the poor treatment of Johnny's case and his family over the years by police and the FBI, not to mention the discovery of an extensive child porn/human trafficking ring that spans the country to serve rich and powerful clients.
The cast of players in this story are compelling and interesting, and presented with care and respect. It's a must-see.
I guess I don't know how much is true or not true. I also can't imagine losing a child like that or what I would believe or say or whatever as years go on. I also know the story presented is not unheard of. So I struggled with this one. I struggled with how much am I willing to believe. If I just went with it I found myself getting more angry domestic child trafficking (which I know is more widespread than people want to admit) and the associated cover up. When they went to that house... I don't know. This left me with a lot of questions and I did some looking online for more to that part of the story. I feel for everyone involved in this.