Nine Years: Kidnapping Reflections from a Husband's Perspective
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On this nine year anniversary of Jess B's kidnapping (we know, that IS a really weird sentence, but there really is no other way around it!) TTJ(es) invite Jess B's husband, Erik Landemalm, to come on and do most of the talking.  

Sitting around Jess B and Erik's kitchen table, the three have a really open and honest conversation about what it was like for Erik when he got the call on October 25, 2011 that his wife had been kidnapped at gunpoint, and dragged off into the Somali desert. He shares his thoughts, simultaneously pragmatic and dark, about what it was like to be the one left behind, how he felt he had failed his wife by not protecting her from this, and how every single day, he wrote her a love letter and asked himself the question: What Would Jess Want Me To Do? 

Jess B spends her working hours sharing about her kidnapping experience and what she has learned from it, but this time, she's not the one talking. This is a conversation on what it means to belong to each other, in pieces or in wholeness, absent or present and how we find the strength to carry on. 

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