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Identities of William Dathan Holbert and Laura Michelle Reese Confirmed - 100%

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - William Dathan Holbert was born on 12 September 1979 at the Margaret R Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville, North Carolina in the United States. He is an only child. He was "raised by a very good Christian family that is just devastated" by this whole situation. He grew up in the area of Saluda, North Carolina. (Notice - Update and Correction) He attended and graduated from the North Henderson High School, home of the Knights, in 1997, where he played football. He was part of the first graduating class that spent all four years at this school. One of his classmates said that during his senior year he was on the football team, and that during a pep rally all of the seniors on the team were given flowers. Holbert ate his in front of everyone. Holbert's social security number is 237-43-0892 (he won't be needing that anymore.) He is 30 years old. I've got the whole story, but there are important parts and details I'm leaving out, on purpose. (more)

The Victims He Left Behind: There are family members in the area of his hometown who are completely and utterly devastated by this whole situation. These people are totally innocent, and who in many ways are victims as well. I'm not going to talk about those people and their private lives. I would ask any other journalist who's reading this to do the same. Please respect the rights and privacy of other family members who have already been hurt enough as it is. Suffice it to say that yes - the identity of William Dathan Holbert has been confirmed, beyond any doubt whatsoever - and that's the important part with relation to this case.

Where It All Started: The roots of this story begin in 2004 when Holbert opened a gym called "The Body Shop Health and Fitness Center" in Ashville, North Carolina together with a partner. He became a power lifter and body builder at that time, and that's when he started injecting steroids. As a result he suffered from a drastic personality change - he became very violent and aggressive. He met his current girlfriend and partner in crime, Laura Michelle Reese, at the gym where she worked for him. This is when he started getting into the whole white supremacist stuff. He is a huge fan of Adolf Hitler, and he has read "Mein Kampf" dozens of times. He had his body tattooed with racist and white supremacist symbology. The gym is still there, but obviously Holbert no longer has anything to do with it. All of this was going on, starting in about 2004.

Crime Spree in the US: William Dathan Holbert and Laura Michelle Reese left their hometown area of Hendersonville, North Carolina and went first to Wilmingon, North Carolina. That's where they apparently pulled their first scam, the sale of the vacation home that was described on the America's Most Wanted website. From there, they ran around the US doing all kinds of illegal things, until March of 2006 when the America's Most Wanted episode aired featuring them, at which time they apparently decided to leave the United States for Mexico.

Don't Get Confused: If you do a search in the criminal records of North Carolina for "William Dathan Holbert" you get a hit on a guy named "Darrell Adam Barnwell" who has a long string of DUI convictions, who at some point in time apparently tried to use the name "William Dathan Holbert" as an alias. In fact, Barnwell and Holbert were best buddies in high school. And at this point it might be a good idea for Barnwell to pick another, better, alias. The whole "Holbert" thing has been pretty much smoked.

Identity Confirmed: That's our boy. The people I spoke to saw the photos on the website and made a positive identification. There's no longer any doubt. The person being held in Nicaragua is William Dathan Holbert from Hendersonville, North Carolina and his girlfriend from the same area, Laura Michelle Reese. 100% confirmed.

Copyright 2010 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Identities of William Dathan Holbert and Laura Michelle Reese Confirmed - 100%
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 29 2010 @ 12:32 AM UTC

I wish they would hang them both. Sorry but as Americans that were there, met Cher and were looking at buying property in January we are very upset about all this. I think we even met Wild Bill at a surf club one night briefly. We have been there numerous times, hooked up with the expats, met many people in Bocas and are still so in shock over all this. We plan to make Bocas our home one day when the US market gets better.
Thanks for all your updated news and details. We can see your very passionate about all this and appreciate all that you have done.

Identities of William Dathan Holbert and Laura Michelle Reese Confirmed - 100%
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 29 2010 @ 12:33 AM UTC

My wife (a Panamanian) and I have property for sale in Chorcha, Chiriqui, Panama and boy are we glad they didn't find out about it. we could have been their next victims. whoa! and my daughter lives in S. Carolina.. just way to close for me. my wife and I are Christians and we can't believe all this. may God bless their souls, but their butts belong to Panama. I'm thinking and hoping they get 40 years for each person they killed.

Identities of William Dathan Holbert and Laura Michelle Reese Confirmed - 100%
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 29 2010 @ 12:09 PM UTC

Are these two photos supposed to be of the same person??

The guy on the left has brown eyes, while Wild Bill has blue eyes... and the shape of the face is completely different