A neighbor of the retired Alabama trucker who is holed up in an underground bunker with a young autistic boy as a hostage says that Jimmy Lee Dykes is a menacing person who has been preparing for this standoff for a while and has threatened to shoot anyone who came near his property.
"I cannot even fathom the whys or anything like that," Ronda Wilbur told ABCNews.com today. "I know that he has totally and completely no regard for human life, or any sort of life."
Wilber, 55, lives across the dirt road from Dykes.
Dykes, 65, has been holed up in a 6 by 8 foot bunker 4 feet underground with his 5-year-old hostage named Ethan near Midland City. The standoff began when Dykes boarded a school bus and asked for two 6 to 8 year old boys. School bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66, was shot several times by Dykes, and died trying to protect the children.
Wilbur said she thinks his plan to hold out in his subterranean bunker has been brewing for a while.