A man talks about the moment his father shot and killed a pedophile, who kidnapped and abused him during a gruesome ordeal.
Gary Plouche shoots Jeff Doucet live on TV as the lowly maneuver through Baton Rouge airport in front of news cameras.
Karate teacher Doucet snatched Plouche’s 11-year-old son, Jodie, in March 1984 before launching a gruesome campaign of sexual abuse and grooming of a boy in a California motel about 2,000 miles from his home in Louisiana.
Jody, who has written a book about his ordeal, told Online that many Americans revere his father as a “hero” for revenge, but he did not agree.
The author said: “At first I was upset by what my father had done because at the age of 11 – I wanted Jeff to stop and not necessarily die.”
Gary spent the weekend in prison over the murder – but ultimately served no jail time as he was given probation and community service as well as a suspended sentence for manslaughter.
The judge ruled that sending him to prison would not help anyone—and there was no risk for him to commit another crime—so he was allowed to walk free.
Doucette is trapped by the police when she allows Jody to make a call to her mother – a police raid frees her victim and sends the pedophile back to Baton Rouge.
And as he arrived with the police and in front of a local TV news team, Gary waited, hiding his identity under a baseball cap and sunglasses.
The enraged father was ready to strike, with his back to the camera and standing near a bank of pay phones.
As Gary turned around, the TV news cameras were rolling, pulled the gun, pulled the trigger and fired a single shot at Padow’s head at point blank range.
“Why, why Gary?” pleaded with an officer as the police shot down the gunman.
It was an excruciating argument that stuck with his son, Jody—and became the title of his book on his father, the shooting and its aftermath.
Jodi still remembers the moment she saw a video of her father shooting her abuser in a 6 o’clock news bulletin.
Jody said, “I had already looked at the paper, something I was told not to do. It was almost as if it wasn’t real.”
He also recorded the footage on VHS tapes and watched it “over and over” – becoming obsessed with it as he attempted to process what happened.
Jodi recalls that she was first told about what had happened by her mother when she was at her grandparents’ house the next morning after the shoot.
“Last night, Daddy shot Jeff,” his mom told him.
one of them, otherwise both were going to die that night
Jodie felt really upset at the time and burst into tears – she realized that “crazy” Gary had killed Doucette.
It’s a case in which Jody still sees his father being lionized online by wannabe vigilantes who call him a “hero” for killing Pado.
But for Jodi – it is not.
“I think for many people who are not satisfied with the American justice system, my father stands as a symbol of justice,” he told Online.
“My dad did what everyone says he’ll do, yet few people have done it. Plus, he didn’t go to jail.”
“That said, I cannot and will not forgive his behavior. I understand why he did what he did.”
“But it’s more important for a parent to help support their child than to put themselves in the place of being prosecuted.”
The shooting really put a rift in Jody and her father’s relationship — but while Gary regretted the entire episode, he didn’t regret shooting Doucette.
And actually as part of the abuse Doucette was attempting to separate the pair in a twisted act to prove that the boy “loved her more” than he was “jealous”, sadly leading to death. I was also successful in doing so.
But eventually things returned to normal – and Gary told his son about his actions.
“He told me he thought he was going to die so he thought he had nothing to lose,” Jody told Online.
“He told me to one of them if they weren’t both going to die that night.”
He continued: “It took a few months for things to get back to normal. As far as the regret is concerned, of course he regrets the whole thing, but he never regretted what he did.
“Being a Catholic I believe that after taking a human life, his first thoughts were that he was going to hell… and he was fine with that.
“But the local priest washed his feet and offered his salvation and forgiveness from God, so I think it helped him deal with the incident mentally.”
Jody explains that he is not angry at the docuette, but now understands that the pedophile was a “complete sociopath who lacked emotion or empathy for others and only used people for his own benefit”.
Gary always said he would kill the man who abused his son again, if he had the chance, until his death from a stroke in 2014.
And five years later, Jody released her book “Why, Gary, Why?” Released.
He first began writing about his experiences in 1993, but put it off until taking it up again in 2016.
Jody hopes her book can be helpful to victims, survivors, and parents of abuse victims.
He said: “The most important thing is to seek the proper support. With the proper support you can work through it.
“Unfortunately, most people’s support systems are friends and family … and most of them are terrible at providing the emotional support a sexual abuse victim faces.”
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