Leap was 5 years old when he told what he now calls The Lie.
he knew it was a lie the second he said it. He is 31 now, living in Oakview in ClayCounty,
and he has known his entire life that it wasn’t true.
been touched down there?” his mother asked him.
insists he told the truth at first. “No,” he recalls repeating to his mother as
she asked him time and again. The date was Dec. 1, 1989. Karen Leap, then 36,
was asking her son about his father and her ex-husband, Earnest Leap.
couple, separated for three years, had just ended their seven-year marriage
that September. Despite their bitter parting, the parents received joint
custody of Brodie and his toddler brother, Josh.
Leap’s grave disappointment, Earnest Leap was named prime custodial parent,
meaning the boys lived mostly with him.
been touched down there?”
answer that Brodie Leap finally uttered, and which for the past eight years he
has declared in affidavits he felt hounded to give, continues to haunt the life
of his father, who both Leap brothers attest has been the most supportive and
positive force in their lives.