Alabama Hostage Standoff Enters Day 5
Police still talking to Jimmy Lee Dykes through pipe in bunker
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2013 7:01 AM CST
Law enforcement officials remove the bus Friday that Charles Poland was driving when he was fatally shot in Midland City, Ala.   (AP Photo/The Dothan Eagle, Jay Hare)

(Newser) – Day five of the Alabama hostage situation arrives with little news: Police are still talking with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes through a PVC pipe connected to his underground bunker, and Dykes is still refusing to leave or free the 5-year-old boy he abducted, reports About the only tangible developments: Police released a photo of Dykes and towed away the school bus whose driver was fatally shot Tuesday morning while trying to protect his charges.

"I believe he wants to rant and rave about politics and government," one neighbor tells AP of Dykes. "He's very concerned about his property. He doesn't want his stuff messed with." Residents of Midland City are holding nightly vigils, and a local lawmaker who visited the boy's mother says she is "hanging by a thread." The child is said to have Asperger's.

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Feb 3, 2013 12:37 PM CST
"..Michael Creel said Dykes kept to himself and listened a lot to conservative talk radio..."
Feb 2, 2013 11:41 PM CST
Okay, now this guy is getting really annoying. Someone needs to put a stop to this silliness.
Feb 2, 2013 2:58 PM CST
* Sometimes you will come across someone who's life is a lonely miserable waste of skin. They are just plain abnormal and never will be normal. Something breaks and they will do anything for any kind of social interaction. They insist they have to be heard. The weirder they get the more normal people avoid them making them have to behave weirder and on and on. That is the case with Jimmy Lee Dykes ( and poster ChipChipperson I might add) There is no fixing these guys, but there are ways to react to their brain defect.The police are doing the right thing so far. Just try not to agitate him anymore until the chemical balance in his brain goes through it's cycle. In Mr Dykes case I think he will eventually kill himself and NOT the kid.In ChipChipperson's case I think he will contine to be a harmless, annoying, attention grabbing, lonely life wasting, troll, desperate for attention and human interaction until his swollen liver finally gives out. I'm not good at dealing with these mental cases but arguing online is all he has.Someone else disagree with the poor lonely soul. I've enclosed a link to help you: