Friday Writing Essential (Nov 30, 2012) VWLH The Barefoot Bandit

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Share a few paragraphs where you describe your villain or where we see your villain at work. Show us why you think they’re good bad guys, or why they became that way. You can use a scene from a story you’ve been working on or have written in the past, or you can create a completely new situation.

Another possible way to respond to the prompt would be an answer to one of these questions:

  • How do movies make us believe the villain is real?
  • Who is your favorite villain and why?
  • What are some classic villains, and what made them great?

The Barefoot Bandit

He’s not very well known, but he’s real.  He is everything that embodies what a likable villain should be.  His name is Colton Harris-Moore aka The Barefoot Bandit. On July 10th the 19 year-old young man was captured in a climatic speedboat chase in the Bahamas. He’s a clean-cut kid who just wanted to fly airplanes.

Colton is everything you wouldn’t expect of an outlaw: animal lover, drug free, and non-violent.  He grew up poor and his single mom couldn’t give him much, but she did manage to scrape together enough money to buy him a nice bicycle.  Unfortunately, the local cop suspected him of stealing it.  When the cop saw it in front of their mobile home he stopped to ask a few questions.  When Colton’s dog tried to protect the home, the cob shot it. Colton was devastated and developed a hatred for the law ever since then. It was then that he turned to crime.

Colton and his friend started breaking into empty vacation homes along the Pacific Coast of Washington State.  They learned to steal people’s identities from the computers that were in the homes that they camped-out in.  Colton turned to stealing airplanes with only the training he got from desktop flight simulator games.  He discovered that stealing an airplane was relatively easy, but landing was harder than the game portrayed and any incident would lead to getting caught. He crash landed all the airplanes he stole at off-airport sites where he had a better chance of disappearing. One time while robbing a store he accidently stepped in some wet paint and left barefoot prints across the floor. He took a marker and scrawled “Catch me if you can” on a window and signed it, “The Barefoot Bandit”.

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