Paige Brewer, the 16-year-old Faribault girl who has gone into hiding with 44-year-old Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey, has been brainwashed by the self-described vampire, her mother told the Red Wing Republican Eagle.
She made her comments to the newspaper after a succession of stories in City Pages resulted in hundreds of comments by outraged readers, some of whom describe themselves as friends or acquaintances of the pair.
In return, Sharkey and Brewer, who say they plan to get married once Brewer turns 17, have kept up a steady stream of retorts - and now a video, below -- some of them caustic in their description of Brewer's mother, Jillian Moen, of Mound.
Brewer said on Monday that she walked out on her mother because of an abusive relationship but denied that she was a runaway or was being held against her will. Faribault police Chief Dan Collins confirmed on Monday that Brewer had recently been living with her grandmother in Faribault, and was attending Faribault High School before vanishing. She's listed as an endangered runaway through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The Red Wing newspaper reported that Brewer and Moen lived in the Red Wing area between 2001 and 2007, and that Brewer attended Concordia Lutheran school and Twin Bluff Middle School. The newspaper also reported that Moen and her daughter have corresponded via e-mail and that the mother is afraid of Sharkey but not fearful for her daughter's safety.
Sharkey says he's trying to protect Brewer, and help her through the process to win legal emancipation from her mother. Late Monday, he e-mailed City Pages a copy of a message he says he received from the state Department of Human Services, after he contacted the department seeking advice on emancipation for Brewer. That message echoed Collins advice to the girl: Step forward and begin the legal process.
"She needs to speak with us face to face" Collins said. Until then, "our hands are tied. We're limited as to what we can do."
Collins said that law enforcement options are limited unless or until there's sufficient probable cause to suspect that Sharkey has had sex with the girl, or that he's keeping the girl from her mother and thus violating the mother's parental rights.
Sharkey, who says he's going to announce his candidacy for governor of Minnesota on the Ides of March, has a history of controversial relationships with young women.
Here's the video he and Brewer posted on YouTube aimed at Moen: