Dr. Phil Show Hosts Missing Portland Child Kyron Horman’s Step Mom Terri Horman Over Two Episodes

I have been covering this case since Kyron Horman disappeared from Skyline School in June, 2010.    Like most missing persons cases I have covered in the past,  I am of the strong opinion that best efforts at the truth are the only way to propel investigations that, similarly to Kyron’s, have gone cold for one reason or another.   This approach has worked in resolving some of my previous cases.    I am proud of that.  I remain steadfast to the integrity involved in those and future cases.

Over the past 10 months (or so) I have been developing an updated series on Kyron’s case to include my multiple interviews with Kyron’s step-mom,  Terri Horman.   Needless to say as she was the subject of at least three simultaneous cases before an Oregon court and remains a person of interest by the agency investigating her sons disappearance, this has been an arduous and sometimes delicate journey.    Ms. Horman’s experiences during the ongoing investigation of the disappearance of Kyron Horman are critically important to propelling his case and with great hope- finding the truth about what happened to this cherubic and innocent child.    There are dozens of sources,  collateral interviews, forensic experts and legal analysts that also contribute to my series and have done so because of their belief that my motivation is to bring to light information and opinions in such a way that would almost “require” a focused review of Kyron’s case and the likely shaking of that proverbial tree everyone talks about.

Set to publish about 6-ish weeks ago I was asked to postpone the first installment of the series, which I did.  I subsequently learned Ms. Horman was participating in the Dr. Phil program after she completed taping.  Dr. Phils producers were well aware that Ms. Horman had interviewed with me extensively, and anticipated my series would be publishing information that was not known to the public previously in the days prior to her scheduled episode.    When Ms. Horman conveyed to me that she feels obligated to speak out about “her son” in any national medium that will have her,   I most certainly respected that.  I still do.

While Dr. Phil seems like a gregarious fellow for sure,   I have zero interest in being associated with his program, nor do I believe his shows content is designed to do any furtherance of investigation or truth.  There is much concern (although I have no affiliation to the show whatsoever) that the timing of the publication of my series on the Kyron Horman matter might be interpreted differently or inadvertently contribute to the programs content or audience reactions.     Not what I signed on for.   A missing 7 year old boy six years running is not a framework for entertaining a target audience.   He is not fodder for online social media bully campaigns- yet it occurs.

I will be publishing my series on Kyron’s case at a later date, in it’s entirety with no editing adjustments as a result of any of the appearances on Dr. Phil.   I appreciate your patience and your understanding.   Feel free to discuss the show below.


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  1. Rose says:

    reflecting on Shrunk, he disappeared after he retired, which is unlikely after a long career in a politicized State with many CJ issues. My guess is he had dementia & was incapable of newspaper comments, or travel to Bar meetings or teaching CEUs. And I bet it had been evident for several years.

  2. Rose says:

    https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/04/29/wws-may-2020-endorsements-for-metro-and-multnomah-county/ WW endorses Schmidt over a far more qualified prosecutor bcz he’s a K Brown-type social policy “progressive.” Alas.
    & endorses energizer bunny Sam Adams reincarnation as a City Councilor.

  3. Rose says:

    a two-fer, darn:

    My opinion is Schmidt is merely more glib ghan his opponent on social policy.
    The other candidate, the prosecutor’s prosecutor, concurs
    on social policies but wants a Statewide reform approach (& he is right).
    & Schmidt spent years on the Statewide criminal justice commission
    & did not get legislation on his agenda passed. btw in that job he would’ve interacted w/Kyron’s initial ada heidi the gov’s public safety apptmt. Imo these papers are endorsing Kitzhaber’s oldies who Brown inherited. So much for Soldier wanting a go to prosecutor.

  4. Rose says:

    Soldier is urging ppl research DA candidates & vote for justice for Kyron. Here in their own words:
    https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2020/05/04/28369081/multnomah-county-da-candidates-talk-covid-19-response-police-body-cams-and-budgets As an out-ofStater, it seems to me a choice about a social policy agenda from a self-characterized Progressive who in this age implies a Bernie worldview, abd a prosecutor’s prosecutor who puts crime management first.

  5. cd2 says:

    I Got Ya CD.

  6. Rose says:

    The ID teaser Soldier touts does not feature Kyron.
    It has a brief shot of Desiree tearfully exclaiming “Stop the torture.”
    this gambit of Desiree’s tops Dr Phil for bullshit sensationalism
    & is guaranteed to inundate MCSO with equally time-wasting bullshit tips.
    Target Audience seems well below the Apprentice’s target audience.

  7. Rose says:

    One can ignore the topic being analyzed &
    just apply the 6 black-bolded criteria for
    evaluating “reporting” or involved persons’ documentary comments
    at Kyron’s abduction anniversary to any media story about the
    abduction whether Investigation Discovery, comments now & then by Desiree,
    Soldier, any retrospective stories by local TV or print press:

  8. BOC Staff says:

    Excellent Question, it is my understanding and belief there are multiple reasons that were influenced by multiple people AND likely court orders. She remains a critical witness in a 7 year olds abduction and she is on a sworn record (more than once) admitting negligence and essentially vindicating the initial theories and timelines that LE associated with Terri as their suspect. In retrospect in many ways we have the answer to that prompt “or else what” don’t we? Look what happened to every individual who spoke openly about their opinion on Terri’s innocence or in some cases, verification of her timeline?

    I could absolutely see a scenario whereby Porter speaks out to correct public information and she gets sued, loses her job, is tossed on the pyre of “obvious” accomplices (to be conservative on the scenario). She never gets a pass from me, if that is not clear allow me to put a fine point on it- however, she absolutely did admit her negligence (repeatedly in the transcript I read) AND she absolutely affirmed her beliefs and observations re Kyron’s need for evaluation and the upcoming Dr. appt among other information I would characterize as positive as to Terri’s character, interactions and parenting.

  9. BOC Staff says:

    Honestly if this case stays with MCSO it will never be resolved. It’s beyond maddening to me that I get at least 1-2 calls or emails a day to participate in (insert outlet) a 10th Anniversary Kyron “update” with absolutely nothing to update by anyone or any agency.

  10. BOC Staff says:

    Um.. Has a single candidate mentioned Kyron or his case? Have they mentioned the jaw dropping non filing of no true bills? Once again it serves to show the lack of understanding of criminal due process and law on that persons part.

  11. Rose says:

    The person who should be contacted by media doing retro anniversary is Sheriff Reese. Ask him Why has mcso not previously or now requested fbi take over jurisdiction & management? Ditto to Desiree & Kaine-Why did they never advocate for a change of jurisdiction & investigation management? (the latter two are likely bcz a disgruntled mcso could leak too much about their private foibles, and bcz Terry would be cleared.)

  12. Rose says:

    Do you think Terri is distanced enough to give an interview?
    Is it time to publish your interviews of her? (10 yrs out)
    You could update with her current voice?

  13. Rose says:

    Schmidt, a Dem policy bureaucrat, ran away with the DA primary vote at 76.3% over a seasoned US Atty Office prosecutor’s prosecutor. Was it because he got a SoCal celebrity push, or Oregonian/WW endorsements attributable to Dem politician State owners? https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.oregonlive.com/politics/2020/05/john-legend-makes-late-endorsement-in-multnomah-county-da-race-calling-mike-schmidt-clear-choice.html%3foutputType=amp So much for Soldier wanting Kyron’s case prioritized by a litigator. But you’ll get more reform.

  14. Rose says:

    @johnLegend is ridiculously ignorant because Schmidt & Knight had the same reform agenda just different means to pursue it. Knight wanted reform Statewide not solely in MC, & to lead/bring along fellow DAs to lobby in a Statewide approach. Obamalike rather than Bernielike.

  15. Rose says:

    old history, human interest
    Chikd Porn-recipient father William Kent Wishert got a favorable (lowest agreed to) sentence on his Plea & promptly did a Flynn: sub in avnew attorney & attempted to vacate. https://casetext.com/case/united-states-v-wishart-1 At least he was out before his son passed.

  16. evie says:

    I wonder if a new DA, from out of the legacy clique, will even be interested in looking at the tangled, corrupted mess that is this case. It’s all such a shame.

  17. rose says:

    Such a hoot that Soldier thinks Dem Primary DA winner will do
    anything to advance Kyron’s mcso nvestigation. Will there be a Repub

  18. rose says:

    apparently there’s no Nov DA vote. Schmidt’s elected. imo Too Bad. https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2013/01/portland_terrorism_trial_lead.html

  19. rose says:

    Did Morris self-publish? Ebook, later audio.
    Marketing suggests police have enough to arrest TH.

  20. rose says:

    I would not put it past the new DA in Fall (tks to Dem Establishment)
    to arrest TH because he lacks criminal prosecution experience
    but he’s good at Marketing.

  21. rose says:

    Timed to max publicity due to 10 yr anniversary:
    Not only “independantly published,” there is no print form. “Ebook” with audio to come. Marketed on Amazon under “Grief & bereavement,” Morris essentially tells Kyron’s story from Desires’s point of view based on interviews with Desiree & her circle.
    Seeing a then-pic on Soldier’s site of Terri, it strikes me no one had more motive than Kaine. She’s young, attractive, efficient, & a peerless mother to both his offspring. No question but that she’d get custody of Kiara in part based on his affair(s), & might be a 3rd party placement for Kyron if Desiree continued to refuse to file for custody. He needed to keep his assets, avoud child support for 2 kids & spousal support, & get custody of kiara. What better way than to disappear the most expensive kid w/ conceens & blame Terri?

  22. rose says:

    The revelation Kaine wore a wire for mcso the first days enhances his “motive.” Rather than tell mcso: she’s the best mother Kyron ever had, including taking care of his medical & educational needs, he affirms to mcso he thinks she was behind it, & he participated in an entrapment scheme. What spouse, even an estranged noncohabiting one, would do that to a woman who’d mothered well, except to point the finger firmly at her?

  23. rose says:

    March 2020 mcso personnel chart. https://www.mcso.us/site/pdf/org_chart.pdf Shout out to Vera Pool for stamina. Desiree said lead det & several investigators ret’d. Unless Lee Gosson ret’d in April, the Det who raked in big OT $ in the beginning remains in charge. Ine only has to google other names to see their now Private Protection businesses on linkedin.

  24. rose says:

    Just a reminder, the Chief Deputy now over Enforcement & thus
    Investigations is Bobby O’Donnell’s wife. Last year she was CD
    Corrections when Reese made her his Interim backstop.

  25. rose says:

    Idk why Kaine thinks Personnel changes
    mean fresh eyes. Mrs O’Donnell &
    Gosson are as old & cold as it gets.

  26. BOC Staff says:

    The only thing I can say with absolute certainty is that no DA will be convening a new jury in Kyron’s disappearance with the target being Terri Horman and there is zero chance MCSO will arrest Terri without an indictment. That’s not to say there has been any progress toward locating Kyron or another suspect, there has not.

  27. BOC Staff says:

    Well, I would simply say exactly what has that individual been correct about, re anything related to Kyron in the last 10 years?

  28. BOC Staff says:

    Rose, I can’t thank you enough for your constant contributions and support, but I have not changed my opinion re My piece on Kyron’s disappearance and the interviews it contains. The second I think (or those I have entrusted to review objectively) believes it prudent to whatever this “becomes”, it will be published. As you saw the previously announced book collaboration was reduced to a self published garble with no association with Kyron’s Mother (aware I called that, lol). Turned down by every publisher approached. Telling, imo.

  29. BOC Staff says:

    Who wrote that blurb, lol? Distance learning third grader? “Quality of proof” is a quote? That’s a very non legal term for a former DA, is it not?

  30. BOC Staff says:

    Kaine is a bright guy with proven resourcefulness- if he wanted to have “fresh eyes” on the case he would hire some. As far as fresh eyes from the same agency, that’s not even a “thing” in law enforcement. The notion that the same agency can provide an audit of previous work from the same agency is against every Law Enforcement Certification Practice in existence and MCSO is more than aware of that.

  31. BOC Staff says:

    Kaine is a bright guy with proven resourcefulness- if he wanted to have “fresh eyes” on the case he would hire some. As far as fresh eyes from the same agency, that’s not even a “thing” in law enforcement. The notion that the same agency can provide an audit of previous work from the same agency is against every Law Enforcement Certification Practice in existence and MCSO is more than aware of that.

  32. BOC Staff says:

    You know what it does for me? And admittedly I knew he did, It cements my thoughts that Kaine Horman was working as a CI for a Federal Agency who showed up at the house to solicit funds from Terri.

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