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Old 06-10-2010, 10:49 AM   #16
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I don't really think he met with foul play as like the segment said why would you be seen in public eating breakfast with a man you're soon going to kill?

1. Well it;s not a murder till the body is found. So he really runs no risk. If he's going to hide the body, it doesn;t really matter.

2. He may have not been the person that ultimately killed Leonard. All this guy may have done was to pickup Leonard. For all we know this guy may be completely innocent and was just planning to do some business with Leonard when they ran into

3. The killer may not have had a choice. Leonard may have been the one that requested they stop for breakfast. Rather than draw suspicion at

4. Murder may not have been the goal of the meeting. It may have been much later that the decision to "off" Leonard occurred to the killer.

5. The person Leonard met with may be "missing" as well.

6. It's one thing to be seen with Leonard...it's another thing to be identified by name. Apparently nobody knew the guy so he was never identified. Which probably means that this guy wasn;t local or known to the people in the town or the bar.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:06 PM   #17
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In most missing persons cases, I definitely do believe family and friends when they claim that the person would never leave on their own and abandon them and never try to contact them.

However, the Alex Cooper case they did on UM definitely gave me a different perspective on things. Here was a someone who looked like a sweet old man that genuinely loved his family and no mental illness issues, but because of personal pride, made a pretty stupid and seflish mistake by disappearing and giving his family the impression he had with foul play. And this was all because he was worried about them finding out he changed his name after committing some petty theft crime 35 years beforehand where the statutes of limitations had probably expired. Before the guy was found, I'm sure almost NO ONE who originally watched this segment would have thought that he disappeared on his own.

As rare as it is, sometimes people who genuinely do love their family will abandon them for a silly reason, so it's not beyond the realm of possibility that Leonard Dirickson did the same thing.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:43 PM   #18
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I don't put much credence into the sighting; I just find it odd that Dirickson would yell out his name in a bar, and have another person coincidentally be there who knew about his case.

Would Dirickson willingly skip out on his life, when it was already well established that he was in financial dire straits and his farm was already sold? No mention of official bankruptcy but I assume it wasn't far off; suicide is a possibility.

Apparently his father was willing to purchase a business for him (I am curious why there was no mention of Dirickson's father attempting to refinance or purchase the farm, though), so he did, to some degree, have financial options. So for what purpose was the guy there? A man who apparently knew how to find his isolated farm and never, as far as we know, checked back in about purchasing a horse.

If it wasn't murder, Dirickson may have decided to run off due to threats from criminal elements that he had been involved with. UM doesn't provide much information about his life in the months prior to his disappearance.
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:53 AM   #19
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The only way I could see Leonard Dirickson willingly disappearing from his family and breaking off all contact with them is if (much like Alex Cooper) he had some secret that he was just too ashamed to share. I'd always like to believe that if someone who genuinely loved their family willingly disappeared, the least they could do is make a quick phone call to them to clarify that even though they won't be coming back, they are still alive and well. As cruel as it is to be abandon one's family, it's even crueler to force them to live in painful uncertainty about what's happened to you.
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This case is very fishy. I always thought the bar event was very shady. But interestingly enough, the waitress there coorborated the witness' story. I think, though, sadly the man in the truck was there to commit foul play. It just seems the most logical explanation.
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:09 PM   #21
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This case is very fishy. I always thought the bar event was very shady. But interestingly enough, the waitress there coorborated the witness' story. I think, though, sadly the man in the truck was there to commit foul play. It just seems the most logical explanation.
It certainly is interesting that the waitress did back up the witness' story. Because of that, I think there's a good chance Leonard is still alive.

Still, it's a bit ominous that Leonard was last seen with some unknown guy. It's also bizarre that Leonard went with the guy on his own will. Maybe he was involved with shady people.

BTW, this would be a great case for ID's show 'Disappeared.'
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I know this has no relevance at all to Leonard's disappearance, but I always thought he looked like Wyatt Earp.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:34 PM   #23
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There are two schools of thought here:

For starters I don't think the fact that his last cheque wasn't cashed gets brought up enough. Not to mention his credit cards not being used. This leads you to believe he was murdered/missing unvoluntarily.

I'm sorry but I don't buy the sighting of Leonard 6 months later at a bar in Texas. It's weak at best. The witness never stuck around, he never gave his name and even though the waitress corroborated the story how in the world can she be sure it was him? She didn't know him, the guy was from out of state. I have believed eye witness accounts in the past, but this was is fishy.

If you abandon your family I hardly doubt you would be whooping it up at a country bar with ease.

I am also not convinced that the guy who came by the house was the killer. Leonard was a farmer, there was legitimate business that could have been done. It wouldn't have been hard for someone to refer them to Leonard, I'm sure that happened all the time. Maybe he is the killer, who knows, and maybe Leonard got into some trouble that caused him to go missing.

All I can say is that I think he is likely dead now and did not leave by choice. Too bad, because the interview with his son kind of broke your heart
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Something people are overlooking: The segment said he just went through a bitter divorce and had been in a custody battle at one point. I say look at the wife. The man in the white truck obviously appeared to be using the horse as a ruse to get Leonard to leave with him. Was he a hit man? Possibly. Though, I admit driving to his home to pick him up is quite brazen.

Another possible scenario, as others have pointed out, is a drug deal gone bad. I think the "start a new life" theory is sort of weak because of the circumstances of his disappearance. He wasn't prepared, had only a $150 on him and left absolutely everything behind. The caller at the bar could have been someone involved in his murder trying to throw the authorities off. Or it could have been a simple case of mistaken identity (as is so common in these cases).

Other thoughts: the sketch of the man in the truck looks like Toby Keith, the country singer.
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Something people are overlooking: The segment said he just went through a bitter divorce and had been in a custody battle at one point. I say look at the wife. The man in the white truck obviously appeared to be using the horse as a ruse to get Leonard to leave with him. Was he a hit man? Possibly. Though, I admit driving to his home to pick him up is quite brazen.

Another possible scenario, as others have pointed out, is a drug deal gone bad. I think the "start a new life" theory is sort of weak because of the circumstances of his disappearance. He wasn't prepared, had only a $150 on him and left absolutely everything behind. The caller at the bar could have been someone involved in his murder trying to throw the authorities off. Or it could have been a simple case of mistaken identity (as is so common in these cases).

Other thoughts: the sketch of the man in the truck looks like Toby Keith, the country singer.
I get the feeling the wife has been cleared. Nice point though and this wouldn't be the first divorce to end up in murder. Dennis Dupue, possibly Steven Page for those that believe he did it (I don't) are examples.

But the son looked like he was 19 or 20. And the daughter was in her teens too. That wouldn't be much of a custody battle in my mind.
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In all honesty the amount of debt Leonard could be the sole factor in his disappearance. Whether or not he left on his own is up for debate. I personally think he borrowed money from some shady people, they sent an intermediate person, who was friendly with Leonard (the "mystery guy" his son saw that morning) to pick him up (under the pretense of a meeting as to when Leonard would come up with the money). I think when he was brought to these people he was ultimately killed and his body hidden.
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In all honesty the amount of debt Leonard could be the sole factor in his disappearance. Whether or not he left on his own is up for debate. I personally think he borrowed money from some shady people, they sent an intermediate person, who was friendly with Leonard (the "mystery guy" his son saw that morning) to pick him up (under the pretense of a meeting as to when Leonard would come up with the money). I think when he was brought to these people he was ultimately killed and his body hidden.
Very plausible. The waitress at the cafe said the unknown fellow did all the talking while Leonard just listened. It seems to me that he may have been "laying the law down" about paying the debts.

I still think the guy at the bar who claimed to have seen Leonard might have been a ruse in an attempt to make authorities believe he was still alive.
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Very plausible. The waitress at the cafe said the unknown fellow did all the talking while Leonard just listened. It seems to me that he may have been "laying the law down" about paying the debts.

I still think the guy at the bar who claimed to have seen Leonard might have been a ruse in an attempt to make authorities believe he was still alive.
If the witnesses at the bar are correct, and they in fact really did see Leonard then this is nothing more than a case of a man who was in over his head in debt who just decided to leave and start a new life. Alex Cooper is a great example of a "disappearance" profiled on UM in which the guy was really alive and well the whole time, and not once did he make any effort to contact his family until after the authorities found him.
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wow weird case! just watched it on youtube.
One of the first things i thought was maybe it was a date? maybe he was secretly gay and put in a personal ad and this guy responded, and leonard gave him his address, then then guy randomly turned up (thats why he didnt recognise him) went to talk to him found out who he was and made up the story about the horse. (WHY would somenoe wanting to buy a horse off you agree to go out to breakfast?)

Still i dnot know what would make him completely up and walk out of his life, while is teenage son was at home alone

Even though he was in financial trouble, it said his father was rich, willing to buy him a business etc. so its not like he was going to be homeless, unless he had got himself into alot more debt then anyone realised.

Maybe the anonymous caller WAS lenoard and it was a way to let his family know he is still alive without directly telling them coz he is in hiding
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wow weird case! just watched it on youtube.
One of the first things i thought was maybe it was a date? maybe he was secretly gay and put in a personal ad and this guy responded, and leonard gave him his address, then then guy randomly turned up (thats why he didnt recognise him) went to talk to him found out who he was and made up the story about the horse. (WHY would somenoe wanting to buy a horse off you agree to go out to breakfast?)

Still i dnot know what would make him completely up and walk out of his life, while is teenage son was at home alone

Even though he was in financial trouble, it said his father was rich, willing to buy him a business etc. so its not like he was going to be homeless, unless he had got himself into alot more debt then anyone realised.

Maybe the anonymous caller WAS lenoard and it was a way to let his family know he is still alive without directly telling them coz he is in hiding
The gay angle makes no sense. It's not that uncommon that people will go out over a meal to discuss a business matter. Maybe this "mystery guy" was hired by the people Leonard owed money to, to go their under a ruse to buy a horse only to kill him.
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