AverageNCO sends us a link to a Seattle story about yet another phony running the streets with his POW fantasies to protect him. Apparently, in 1976, he stabbed a 70-year-old woman 20 times in the chest and in an ingenious scheme to get 63-year-old Gary Sanford Raub to chew some gum and get his DNA, Seattle detectives closed their oldest cold murder case. But this scumbag has been hanging out and smoking pot with hippies for years regaling them with stories about his days in a Cambodian POW cage;
It told of how Raub was a prisoner of war at a camp in Cambodia for three years, and how he lived in a bamboo cage set in a river that rushed around his legs. Writer Zachary Watterson told of the time Raub “used the rock to cut open the bamboo cage and escaped.” He also claimed Raub’s captors yanked out his teeth, “and as he talked, I could see his toothless gums,” Watterson wrote.
A group of sociology students also profiled Raub last December as part of their “Invisible Heroes” project, saying the “suffering and sacrifices that he’s made for the United States continues to go unrecognized by our society.”
But the video and The Stranger story were just that – a story.
Raub was never a POW. [Seattle Police Detective Mike]Ciesynski, whose son served in Afghanistan, said a background check on Raub showed he never even served in Vietnam.
At his entry at Fake Warriors, Mary says she has requested his records.
I came to the conclusion a long time ago that there aren’t very many real veterans on the streets, but there are some real stories to be heard. And of course, there are the experts who have seen all of the movies who will vouch for them, like this commenter at one of the articles about him;
You unregistered users are a bunch of jerks. Sure, he’s probably embellishing his war stories, what soldier and fisherman hasn’t? But if he is over 60 and a Native American it’s not unlikely at all that he was drafted into the Vietnam War, and served in combat, and saw a ton of crazy shit. So Maybe the Cambodia part is BS, whatever, I’m not an expert on the Vietnam War, but I did see Apocalypse Now, and the boat went into Cambodia, so even if the US Govt denies that any US troops were in Cambodia it doesn’t seem that far fartched [sic]. Yes, I realize I am poking fun at myself.
Anyway, leave the poor old guy alone, he’s a nice guy as far as I have talked to him. Have some respect for your elders.
He’s a nice guy, sure he’s murdered a 70year-old woman, but he was a nice guy, he’s a native American and he saw some shit because she saw “Apocalypse Now”. So there, haters. And, for the record, he’s not listed at the DoD website for Vietnam era POWs.