Michael J. Devlin according to this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article had by all accounts a normal childhood with caring parents. While informative, it doesn’t seem to explain or excuse his alleged crime.
There is a description of a health issue Devlin had with his toes and the need for surgery. He recuperated according to the article for three months apparently without Shawn. Is it possible someone watched Shawn during that period? If they did, were they aware of his true identity?
“…In December 2002, Prosperi recalls Devlin complaining at work about his foot. He was limping. He talked about the pain to everybody. At a Devlin family Christmas party, Devlin apparently showed his foot to a family member who was a doctor, and he urged Devlin to go to the hospital immediately, Prosperi said.Two of Devlin’s toes were gangrenous and had to be amputated, according to Prosperi. He was diagnosed as a diabetic. And he struggled with his weight.
Devlin missed three months of work, from January to March 2003, Prosperi said, a recollection supported by his check of payroll records.
Prosperi said he was told that Devlin was recuperating at his parents’ house, not at the South Holmes Avenue apartment in Kirkwood where he lived since July 2001. He recalls calling Devlin several times to see when he would return, and several times he spoke with Devlin’s mother and Devlin himself.
“Looking back,” Prosperi said, “the question on everybody’s mind is, who was watching Shawn?…”