Yesterday brought news that authorities had arrested Carlos C. Lesters in connection with the kidnapping of Lilly Baumann by her mother, Megan Everett, who was Lesters’s girlfriend when Lilly disappeared.
The Virginia Flaggers and their supporters were loud in denouncing those who brought public attention to the kidnapping. They denied that the Virginia Flaggers had anything to do with the kidnapping. Indeed, the mouthpiece of the Virginia Flaggers denied that a kidnapping had even taken place.
Insofar as Mr. Lesters is concerned, they appear to have been wrong, very wrong.
Mr. Lesters has declared that there is no person in the world whom he trusts as much as Susan Hathaway, the head of the Virginia Flaggers. What Ms. Hathaway or her followers knew about Lilly’s whereabouts remains unknown, although they seemed to display a lack of concern about her welfare. Given that Hathaway had once posed with the child in her arms, this lack of concern seemed curious, even cold.
Since Lesters’s arrest, both the Flaggers and their mouthpiece have been silent on social media and blogs. It is a good question as whether they are on the point of abandoning Lesters, as they have deserted others when convenient (see Karen Cooper/Raymond Agnor), or whether this is a case where they are too skeered to say something lest a public expression gets them into trouble (such as the rumors surrounding the identity of “Anonymous CSA” that point to Flagger Tripp Lewis as a likely person of interest).
One of the favorite tactics of the Virginia Flaggers in particular and Confederate heritage groups in general is the establishment of a “defense fund” to defray legal costs. It appears that Mr. Lesters is in serious need of such financial assistance as well as emotional support (especially from the woman whom he trusts more than anyone else, Susan Hathaway). Will the Flaggers abandon Lesters as they previously abandoned Lilly Baumann? Will they neglect him, much as they have done when Raymond Agnor excluded Karen Cooper from the I-81 Lexington flag? Will they remain silent to guard their secrets, as they have in the case of Anonymous CSA?
Or will the Virginia Faggers rally to the colors and seek to raise funds for the defense of C. C. Lesters? After all, they have done this before. Ask Tripp Lewis, who sought support to defray his legal costs after being arrested in front of his children. We already know that the Flaggers raise those funds without providing information as to how they have been expended (Lewis promised to sue other people, but that never happened; some people wonder whether the unaccounted funds help to explain how he was able to afford a drone that we don’t see much of nowadays).
In the past the Flaggers, especially Ms. Hathaway, have sought security in the cowardice of their skeered silence. Occasionally they endorse the mindless rantings of their mouthpiece, who has failed to stand up for her fellow Floridian.
No one is fooled.
The Virginia Flaggers claim that they are committed to “restoring the honor.” None of their recent behavior strikes one as honorable, least of all their behavior surrounding Lilly’s kidnapping. They were uncooperative with Lilly’s grandmother, claimed that Lesters had nothing to do with the kidnapping, and even denied that there had been a kidnapping. Now they rest content with letting Lesters twist slowly in the wind while pretending that they know nothing about what has happened.
They must be skeered indeed.