Sharyn and Joshua Hakken make their first court appearance on Thursday, April 11 2013.
Tampa, Florida -- Hundreds of pages of information were made public Monday, regarding the Tampa couple who touched off an international manhunt this past April.
Joshua and Sharyn Hakken are accused of kidnapping their two non-custodial sons this past April and then taking off in a sailboat to Cuba.
Since then, the Hakkens have been behind bars, and today we got our first look at the mountain of evidence prosecutors have started to compile against them. The information, released by prosecutors contains video, still pictures, letters and affidavits. All of it, is potential evidence in the case against the Hakkens.
The discovery includes the affidavit from Hakken's mother-in-law, Patricia, who said she was tied up and begged several times for her son in law not to hurt her.
She told investigators Joshua had said he and Sharyn had contemplated suicide, but had found another way out -- just before taking his two sons. Since then, detectives have spent five months compiling the evidence.
Video surveillance released in a pair of DVD's, shows the couple at John's Pass not long before they set sail. Similar snippets are captured by a restaurant surveillance camera and more at Dunedin Marina.
There are photographs -- hundreds of them -- taken of the Hakkens on their plane-trip back from Cuba and at the garage where officials found the SUV they used to kidnap the boys. There are dozens of pictures of the sailboat, and supplies they packed including toys, food, water, clothing and medical supplies, Spanish-English dictionaries and weapons.
There are also scores of images from inside the couple's South Tampa home, including what appear to be lists of items to take with them. There are computers, containers, emptied rooms, maps and a message from Sharyn's parents to please contact them. There are also hundreds of pages of handwritten and typed letters.
Many of the jail-house correspondences are between Joshua Hakken and his parents in which he asks them to send his love to Sharyn. They have friends and other relatives who write regularly as well. In one note, relatives forwarded Sharyn wedding photos as well.
But more recent, lengthy letters, suggest Sharyn Hakken has formed a new love interest behind bars. A woman, for whom she repeatedly expresses her love, and even speaks of marriage.
Both Sharyn and Joshua mention their sons Cole and Chase often in their letters. How much they miss them, and hope one day to see them again.
For now, the couple's sons are still with the grandparents from whom they were taken nearly six months ago.
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There have been family functions since then, with photographs taken and forwarded to the Hakkens behind bars. Those letters are also part of the newly-released discovery documents.