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:

    @erose. Beautifully written.
    To paraphrase both you & Blink, “…could be that TH is a “safe” target to blame because she would never hurt Kyron.”
    My concern is Desiree’s “targeting” methods over time (physical stalking, multiple interviews and written statements demanding Terri “pay”, and use of Facebook surrogates who combine violent threats with money-raising)of “safe” Terri as her delusional scapegoat for “whodunnit” are not safe, not safe at all. And the DA, Sheriff, press, & spouse doing nothing to mitigate or regulate those unsafe threats at all.

  2. A Texas Grandfather says:

    My concern regarding the posts about the behavior of DY is that some
    “nut case” could be energized to make a physical attack on TM.

    We don’t have enough information on DY to trace her behavior from an early age. Each of us are a unique individual, different than all others, because of heredity and the social life of ourselves and our parents when we are children and youths.

    Fractured families are often very unstable, creating a serious situation for their off-spring regarding beliefs and behaviors. Sometimes these fractures result in a person with very strong character and a sense of always striving to do the right thing. I hope this happened with James Moulton.

    I agree with you and Rose (and others) on the issue of inciting violence or harassment, etc, because this has actually happened. There are actual police reports in multiple jurisdictions re same.

    I also agree that non nuclear and sometimes fractured families can produce a positive outcome as a result.

    There is evidence in history that this is not a new thing for the 20th and 21st centuries. It happened in colonial times and all through the following centuries.

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