Oh, Susannah



National media outlets have had Washington University senior Susannah Cahalan on speed-dial all day long.

Cahalan's fifteen minutes of fame was clinched Sunday, when she published in the New York Post an exclusive jailhouse interview with Kirkwood resident Michael Devlin. The headline: "I Am Still Too Scared to Tell My Mom And Dad, 'Kidnap' Creep Admits."

Devlin's lawyers quickly pounced on the Post, claiming Cahalan never identified herself as a reporter to the alleged kidnapper. The Rupert Murdoch-owner paper plans to issue a statement later today, insisting that that Devlin knew full well he was speaking with a Post correspondent.

The Post placed a gag order on Cahalan yesterday. Nonetheless, she's expected to share her side of the story with CNN's Anderson Cooper and FOX News' Greta Van Susteren, among other media titans, during television broadcasts this evening.

Cahalan has an impressive a resume for a college senior, thought to be either 22 or 23. In addition to logging numerous bylines in the Post, the Summit, New Jersey, native and former All-American lacrosse player has also written for the New York Times.

"She's freakin' amazing for how young she is," says Brad Hamilton, investigations editor at the Post. "She's smart, she works her ass off, she has great instincts, and she proved it by getting this interview. "

In other developments, the Post is also the only media outlet reporting that Shawn Hornbeck's deceased biological father was a convicted sex offender who did three years in Missouri prison on drug and sodomy charges. According to the paper, the boy was just six months old when his parents split.

- Kristen Hinman

Postscript: Cahalan has also contributed to Wash. U.'s Student Life, where an archive search yields highlights including "Fun in the Dorms" (a guide to makeshift sex toys) and "The Official Guide to Faking an Orgasm: Gal's Version."


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