Gregory Howell article

I found this article about Gregory Howell, about whom I knew nothing until now. It’s a very sad story. He disappeared in 2005. The man was a drug addict and would rob drug dealers to get money to support his habit. He was poking death with a stick. But he was a human being and his life meant something, especially to his loving family.

Most of the comments on the article are vicious. Why are we wasting tax dollars looking for a missing druggie, his disappearance was his own fault, etc. One person blames his family, saying they enabled his habit. And this commenter knows that how? Maybe Gregory’s family tried to get him help and he refused it. He was a grown man and nobody could stop him using drugs but him.

5 thoughts on “Gregory Howell article

  1. Princess Shantae September 3, 2010 / 5:20 pm

    Poking death with a stick is about the size of it. I can’t think of too many faster ways to get yourself killed than robbing drug dealers, unless its pissing the mafia or climing in the lion cage at the zoo. Its a shame he’s gone but it was only a matter of time if he kept doing that.

  2. Justin September 3, 2010 / 7:57 pm

    I hope he is found for his family’s sake, but I agree with Princess Shantae that what he was doing was practically a death wish. Robbing drug dealers isn’t like sneaking into a movie theatre without paying. Even the more easy going drug dealers are going to kill you on general principals if they find you. He was living on borrowed time.

    As for the attacks on his family online… Trolls are everywhere and their opinions are legion. They will say something negative about anything because they can. Don’t bother getting worked up over it.

    • Princess Shantae September 4, 2010 / 1:25 am

      The two things that usualy come from robbing dealers is you get killed or you kill somebody else.

  3. Amy White September 3, 2010 / 8:36 pm

    “Poking death with a stick”-I wish I had thought of that phrase; it is so apropos in many of these “missing” cases. Thank-you for reminding Charley readers that even someone who does that is still a human being . His family deserves prayers, not more grief.

    • Meaghan September 3, 2010 / 8:41 pm

      Unfortunately I can’t claim credit for the phrase. I read it years ago in an article about drug-related crime in the Bahamas.

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