On Friday I posted to The Daily Weekly about Pam Kohler, the Barefoot Bandit's mom, who called Seattle Weekly last week to claim author Bob Friel owes her hundreds of thousands of dollars for interviews she provided him. When contacted, Friel called the claims false and outrageous.
Colton Harris-Moore's mom, Pam Kohler, is pissed. She says Orcas Island-based writer Bob Friel, who authored a book about her son that was published in March, The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, agreed to pay her hundreds of thousands of dollars for the extensive interviews she provided. But so far she hasn't seen a dime.
Friel, an award-winning travel writer and journalist with an extensive publishing history (which includes a story about the Barefoot Bandit for Outside magazine), says Kohler's claims are "ridiculous and absolutely false." He says he's never paid for an interview, noting he conducted "well over 200 interviews for my book and didn't pay anyone."
Kohler, who called Seattle Weekly yesterday out of the blue with the stated intent of letting "everybody know what a cheater [Friel] is," says she spent three months being interviewed by the author for his book. She says Friel told her "I should get between $100,000 and $300,000" for her time and the interviews, but that never happened.
"So I spent all that damn time with him and he won't return my calls or anything," Kohler says. "I spent hours and hours talking to him."
When emailed by Seattle Weekly, Friel responded within the hour.
"I never paid or offered to pay Pam Kohler for any of the interviews I did with her; not for my Outside magazine article on Colton and certainly not for my book," says Friel. "In fact, Pam Kohler told me, in front of a witness: 'You're lucky you talked to me before I started charging people.'"
The post inspired feedback from a number of Daily Weekly readers, including commenter RobertfromSeattle.
Ha Ha Ha! Another perfect example of like-mother-like-son! As much of the story on Colton Harris' life has come out, most of us have become well aware of the influence this evil woman has had in her son's upbringing.
Hell, she can always write her own damn book! Oh wait - that's not what she taught her son! Life is out there for the taking so just go out and claim something as your own until someone says otherwise. Planes, boats, houses - the world is your oyster. And we've still really heard no real remorse or regret from her son for the trail of destruction he left behind on his victims.
To all parents out there: Learn from this extreme example on raising your children. You reap what you sow.