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Published:July 14th, 2010 12:00 EST
Is Terri Horman Really the Wicked Witch of the West? Michael Cook Says NO!

Is Terri Horman Really the Wicked Witch of the West? Michael Cook Says NO!

By John G. Kays

Suddenly a long lost friend, Michael Cook, gets on the merry-go-round of tabloid absurdity. How does Michael Cook fit into this Horman familial dysfunction that just won`t go away? Even though he was a high school classmate of Kaine Horman, he magically appears out of the woodwork in late June, helps organize a vigil for missing Kyron, then colludes with Terri, taking cell phone pics of a sealed court order.

Michael Cook

Why did Cook turn on his old buddy, Kaine, and cavort with Terri? Maybe he thinks that Terri is innocent. Michael has a sympathetic position towards Terri, but why? Maybe its because he is communicating with a real person, and not the Wicked Witch of the West, such as is the image of Terri projected by the media.

Terri Horman

Apparently, the police have confiscated his cell phone, and have seen the inappropriate photos of Terri on there, as well as erotic texting exchanges, which we call sexting. So Cook has admitted to inappropriate behavior, but he denies having sex with Terri. And true, Cook did go over the line by Googling Kaine`s secret address. He should have known better than this.

Yet when you see him on TV, he seems like a nice guy. He must have had good reason to side with Terri, to lend his sympathetic ear to a woe-begotten moll besought by troubles galore, a world of hurt, a modern day witch burned at the stake in a public square of Salem, Massachusetts. Cook is going against the grain of common thought here. But why?

It must be because he believes in Terri`s innocent. In saying this, we must admit that he doesn`t side with Kaine and Desiree. With this in mind, does he have some insight into flaws in the estranged couple`s position? Did he notice something foul, something unsavory, upon showing up at a Portland Horman doorstep?

I suspect he did. And I don`t buy the notion that Cook suddenly assumed a romantic passion for Terri. I prefer the idea that he merely took on a position of sympathy for Terri when he observed how unfairly she was being treated by the police, the media and the biological parents. Michael Cook does not look like an unsavory character when you see him talking to the news camera.

Rather he appears wholesome and above the fray. It`s the public and the media who are irrational, who are the cruel vigilantes of injustice here. Cook can transcend this madness. And Terri`s silence speaks volumes; she is listening to her attorney and keeping her mouth shut. The footage of Dan Tilkin stalking poor Terri was uncouth and unsavory. Dan comes off as a paparazzi hassling Princess Diana. Poor Terri keeps a Gaga Poker Face though.

Let me play the devil`s advocate for just a moment of your time. If Terri is utterly guilty of Kyron`s abduction and possible elimination, then I would expect her to stay much lower. Maybe she is acting out a public drama, by sending erotic pics to Cook, that she knows will go public? In other words, this is reverse psychology in play. Terri is just giving the public what they expect.
Since the public already assumes that she is guilty, and see her as the Wicked Witch of the West, why not just create a scene that shocks and flabbergasts the public to ecstatic extremes. Terri is the Bad News Disco Queen, the opposite to the Abba Dancing Queen. But consider for a moment, that if she were truly guilty, her behavior would be subdued and undercover, so as to not shine a spotlight of suspicion on her.

There`s an element missing here. I`m not fully convinced that the police believe she did it. I don`t think that Terri is capable of murder. True, she has some behavioral oddities. I would brand her as an exhibitionist, but I don`t believe she has violence in her. Terri is self-centered and is in need of attention, maybe even thrills.

Her behavior bespeaks just the opposite of the perpetrator. The perpetrator`s not going to do anything to raise eyebrows, or do anything to cause the authorities to be suspicious. Terri`s acting out oddly (like sending nude pics on a cell phone) rather reflects a person that is trapped. She`s a condemned witch screaming in a pile of wood as the constable lights the twigs with scorching flame.