Investigation Birthday Celebration

James Spring wanted to help someone in some way to celebrate his 40th birthday. He read about a case of a couple wanted for murder who may have gone to Baja, Mexico, an area he was intimately familiar with. The couple had their two children with them, although they did not have legal custody of six-year-old Viana.
"I took off Sunday morning," Spring said. "I found them in a day and a half."

After contacting US Marshals, it took some time to arrange the paperwork to have the couple arrested and brought back to the US. Mexican police raided the family’s house late Monday afternoon, and Viana and her infant sister were delivered to their grandparents in San Jose on Tuesday night. The parents, Richard Carelli and Michelle Pinkerton are accused of murdering a roommate and leaving his decomposing body in their van.
Spring said he's accomplished what he set out to do and has no plans to meet the girls' relatives in Soquel or produce a first-person account of his adventure. He turns 40 on April 29.

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From the information here and on the link I'm not convinced at all that he did a good thing. I understand that he separated children from their parents.
I read that they 'are accused of murdering a roommate'. So for the law they could be innocent, it could have been an accident, maybe the roommate molested their child, anything is possible, and it is really for the police and the court to find out.
And if the father did do it, the mother is very probably innocent. Now she had her 5-month baby and daughter taken away from her.
That they run with their kids can be proof of their love for the kids. No law can keep parents away from their kids.
Offcourse every murder has to be investigated and there is good reason to hold the couple, or at least the father. But that a complete stranger hunts them down and reports them to the police gives me a very uneasy feeling.
If he wanted to do a good thing he could have done thousands of things that are less questionable and selfrighteous.
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@Bob: "So his idea of ‘helping someone’ is to become a bounty hunter in another country? Sounds more like a person desire for adventure to me… I’m sure there are alot of people who could have used the ‘help’ more right where he lives."

Did you actually read the article? This guy has a specific knowledge of the region involved and was regularly looking for missing persons type situations in the area so that he could offer his expertise. In this case he did just that and managed to come through where others had not. Bravo!

His "desire for adventure" solved a crime that spanned international borders and removed a child from the hands of violent criminals. On that note, people enlist in the military often to offer their services/abilities to benefit a greater good. Is this also a case of mere adventure seeking? Does the danger or excitement factor of a good deed serve to nullify it? Should we feel guilty when we lend our help to people outside of our local communities?

I am currently living in Germany, but I am only here temporarily from the US. I guess I should refrain from helping anyone in need until I return.

I applaud this man for his actions and think that the world needs more people like him.
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ok for everyone out there saying shame on the police...heres news for you: the police cant be everywhere looking for every single wanted person every second of the day. good for this guy, im glad he had the time and money to fund his vigilante goals (i wish i did), but give the cops some credit it...we do what we can...we are SLIGHTLY outnumbered.
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kyboiz: less hope considering that a more or less ordinary man accomplished what a whole bunch of policemen didn't. That doesn't exactly raise my trust in the policeforce.
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