There are many dangerous places on Earth. Natural calamities happen constantly, and the weather is rarely on humankind’s side. Then there are artificial obstacles that can take the lives of the unprepared very quickly.
However, there are few places more dangerous to stand than in the way of a father trying to rescue his son. A good man can be made to do horrible things if it’s for his son, even be driven to murder.
Gary Plauché was one of those good men who was pushed past the limit when his son Jody was kidnapped.
He became an inspiring icon of self-made vengeance when he confronted his son’s kidnapper and killed the man, all to rescue his son from any further abuse.
Though treated as a murderer by the system, he was briefly hailed as a hero because what father wouldn’t have done the same thing?
10 /10 Husband, Father
Leon Gary Plauché was born in 1945 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He had a wife named June and four children: Leon Gary Jr., Joseph aka “Jody,” Jeffrey Michael, and Jennifer Lauree.
Over time, however, they separated, and Gary began living away from his family. He was a reasonably strict man with his children and was brutally upfront about certain things.
Early on, he taught his kids that he would kill that person if anyone ever hurt them or touched them inappropriately. Which, in time, he did.
9 /10 Slow Beginnings
It all started very slowly, such that nobody would notice. Jody was in a karate class and his instructor, Jeffrey Doucet, was a pedophile with an unknown amount of history.
It was at least apparent that he’d never been caught before, as no one objected to him being a karate instructor in control of a large group of kids.
He asked them if any of them wanted to drive a car, and Jody’s hand went up first. That was how he picked his target.