A letter to the 1991 Version of Myself

Dear Beth,

In 1991 someone tried to sell you.  That person’s name is Gary Barber.  He will be your favorite teacher from 1997-1999 while you, unknowingly, learn from him in class. “Mr Barber” was directed to sell you by a teacher, who also was the Mayor of the township. You will overhear he has a habit of selling children. That man’s name is Chuck Luesner.  

If someone cares to look they will find a dusty case file on a shelf that is a federal case that involves you, Elizabeth Norton.  In that file you will find that mid-transaction an investigation started and a plan to keep you safe. 

A childhood friend overheard the plan to sell you and decided to ask a man who was a real estate investor at the time for help.  That man’s name is Donald Trump. 

Your childhood friend, Donald Trump, and Teachers joined together to keep you safe. You have no idea how many people love you.  One day you will know.

It isn’t to far of a jump to tell you that you have been the most expensive child to ever be sold in the state of NJ.  

Your body will be physically safe and no one will lay a hand on you. You will grow up and learn and be a normal child..........

Digitally, your future will be questionable. Grounded in who you are you will know early in age that things online aren’t always what they seem. Mysterious things will happen in highschool that involve the Cape May County Herald and the sale of pictures.  Cameras will watch your body develop and will then capture your pregnant body growing your children.

Time after time your pictures will be sold while not involving you at all. You had no say and due to a contractual agreement you will not know much until you are 40.

The pictures will be used to build face and body recognition software.  The money trail will be there. Evidence all tracked with every. Single. Transaction. 

Eventually, you will grow up and become a writer. Your words will carry with your pictures and you will notice that your face holds something different. 

You will beg and plead to have an investigation to look into this. The police chief on the MTPD is, after all, the son of the former mayor, the man working with the teacher that you appreciated so much....the teacher that exploited you for money. Corruption will be 100% visual from your line of view.  Your family will be overcome with attacks.

The pictures will begin when your school, Middle Township, will put on a play where the 10 year old version of yourself will be dressed as a bride and your childhood friend will be dressed as a groom.  You are 10.  It’s a drama play.  You are assured it’s all pretend but as you get older you will learn some of it is real nightmare. At practice you will hear a lot about the similarities of your case and a case that involves a missing child’s case from the same day, month, and year. You will try to tell your community about this online but your word will be considered “a conspiracy!” You will know better and you will fight for answers for many kids that are missing in your neighborhood as you learn about a nearby town Mayor, William Pickolycky, and his interactions with the Luesner men. 

In 2009 the social media revolution will occur and your community will no longer just rely on the corrupt media for your news. You, the one that was exploited, will be able to tell your own story and publish it yourself for anyone and everyone to read.  

The 39 year old version of you.... just a few months away from being 40. 

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