I said that I would cooperate with a movie company only if an agreement would assure full recovery for the victims whose property I invaded and stole…. No one forced or pressured me to accept these terms. It was my own idea—before the government knew about it. I learned that the “Son of Sam” laws do not apply in my case because none of my crimes involved violence, so I didn’t have to sign this agreement….Getting money to my victims is the least I can do, and because of my situation, it is probably the best I can do.
Colton Harris-Moore, aka the Barefoot Bandit, in an open letter to his victims explaining his decision to green-light a feature film about his life.