Wallace Thrasher- Virginia- 1980's (CASE DISMISSED) Aug 13, 2013 8:25:31 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Aug 13, 2013 8:25:31 GMT -5
By now I'm sure we're all familiar with the story of Wallace Thrasher, aired multiple times on AMW over the past few years but the following is a brief description I found on Unsolved Wiki:
Details: Wallace Thrasher illegally made his money by trafficking illegal drugs during the Eighties, but his organization came to an end on October 17, 1984 when one of his planes crashed with its illegal cargo in the dense Virginia wilderness. When the authorities caught wind of his illegal activities, they began collecting and mounting evidence to use in putting him in prison where he belonged, but Thrasher would not wait around for that to happen. He vanished into a flight toward Central America, but the plane crashed en route. His family claims he died in the crash, but evidence suggests he's still very much alive, either somewhere in Florida or the Caribbean. Thrasher has been sighted several times since his "death" and if he is still alive, he would be 71 years old. He is 5'10", 175 pounds, blue eyes, and brown (now probably gray) hair.
Extra Notes: This segment ran for the first time on February 10, 1995.
That is accurate except Thrasher would now be 73 if alive.
I also found a message board discussing thrasher and here is what some of the posters claimed back in 2010 after Thrasher's first airing:
-AMW mentioned he was spotted in Belize in 2000 (I believe I remember that)
-One poster claimed a local news story claims he still flies into Virginia to visit relatives
-One poster claims he sells real estate in Miami
-Perhaps the most interesting post: A man claiming to be Thrasher's son says he was double crossed by his associates in Belize and defends his dad a great guy despite his alleged criminal activites.
I'm going to be honest here. Thrasher was a rare time I disagreed with AMW's airing of a fugitive as a full profile, and thought an APB or 15 seconds would have sufficed. It's not that he doesn't deserve to get caught and go to jail if still alive. You break the law and are proven to have broken the law, you deserve punishment. But I felt AMW had better things to do than try to find a guy wanted only for drug trafficking in the 70's/early 80's that was now if alive an old man and probably no longer a threat, when there were more dangerous current fugitives out there. Let alone air him multiple times when more current fugitives could have used that air time.
However, with that being said, I can't help but admit Thrasher's is a fascinating story and so many theories abound. Thoughts? IMO, despite what Thrasher's son says, although it does make some sense, I think Thrasher is likely still alive and laying low in the Caribbean and possibly still Belize based on AMW's tips and what people still say about him to this day.
UPDATE: The case against Thrasher has now been dismissed, with officials sighting the likelihood that Thrasher is likely no longer alive.