Police say Nathaniel Kibby (left) kidnapped Abigail Hernandez (right).
Nobody who knew Nat Kibby was surprised when he was charged with kidnapping teenager Abby Hernandez. Kibby, 34, was a sadistic “sexual deviant” as a teenager. He was expelled from high school after assaulting a girl, and was suspected of phoning in bomb threats to the school. A former classmate described Kibby to the Conway Daily Sun:
“This has been a pattern for Nat for 20 years. He’s been a sexual deviant — he was a talented sketch artist who always obsessed about girls with dark hair and drew them with their hands tied behind their backs. . . .
[Randy] Waldron recalled in 1992 on his first day in sixth grade at John Fuller School, he met Kibby for the first time. The encounter did not go well.
“He took me out into Whitaker Woods and beat the crap out of me,” Waldron said and that led to Kibby being suspended from school, but the violence didn’t stop.
“He was brilliant, a brilliant person with a vocabulary out of this world,” Waldron recalled. “Pardon my expression but he was a ‘bad bastard.’ There was a time where I was afraid to ride the school bus because of Nat, he just terrorized me. . . .
Waldron said Hernandez matches the images Kibby used to sketch.
“It was always a dark haired girl and it was always in bondage,” he said.
“I’m 33 years old now and I’m dumbfounded,” Waldron added. “He’s the kid of my nightmares. . . . This was his destiny he was going to do something like this. He was sadistic — this kid was rotten to the core.”
Another former classmate remembered Kibby as a “punk” who was “always in trouble” and “messed up.” You will perhaps not be surprised to learn that (a) Kibby once spent time in the psychiatric unit of the state prison, (b) last year, Kibby pleaded guilty to marijuana possession, and (c) he once described himself as an “objectivist libertarian.”
In other words, your typical Ron Paul voter.
It’s difficult to believe a weirdo like Nat Kibby was running around loose after all these years, just as it is difficult to understand why he wasn’t immediately a suspect when 14-year-old Abby Hernandez disappeared last October. Everyone was relieved when somehow the teenager managed to escape — few details of the case have been revealed by authorities — and Kibby was arraigned Thursday:
Kidnapped teen Abigail Hernandez trained a stare on her accused captor on Tuesday as he was held on $1 million bail at an arraignment even though prosecutors provided no details of the crime.
Nathaniel Kibby, 34, did not enter a plea and did not object to the high bail, which will keep him behind bars until an Aug. 12 probable cause hearing.
Abigail, 15, sat calmly with family members during the brief hearing, feet away from Kibby, who was wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and had his hands shackled.
Kibby, who has a lengthy criminal history and was arrested on assault and trespassing charges in March, is charged with one felony count of kidnapping. Affidavits outlining the case against him were sealed, to the dismay of his public defender, Jesse Friedman.
“Mr. Kibby is entitled constitutionally to this information,” Friedman said. . . .
Abigail vanished Oct. 9 while walking home from Kennett High School in Conway, New Hampshire, and returned a week ago under mysterious circumstances.
Little information about Abigail’s kidnapping, captivity or release has emerged, but NBC-owned station NECN quoted sources as saying she was locked up in a container on Kibby’s trailer-park lot in Gorham.
How many stories like this — an atrocity committed by a weirdo who should have been in prison or a psych ward — do we have to read?