Best Villain St. Louis 2007 - Michael Devlin
Uh, can you say "no-brainer?" Who but Michael Devlin could possibly snag this year's Best Villain honors? Since bursting onto the scene last January, the "Monster Next Door" has captured headlines the world over for the kidnappings of Shawn Hornbeck and William "Ben" Ownby. Nine months later and the headlines keep coming as Devlin's lawyers wrestle prosecutors over venues and dates for what promises to be a sordid trial. Devlin faces criminal charges of kidnapping and armed criminal action in the abduction of Ben; additional counts of kidnapping and sexual assault in St. Louis County; and federal charges of producing child pornography and taking Shawn twice across state lines for sex.