v. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb 1924 - ... "trial of
the century." A trial that
involved the kidnapping and murder of a 14-year old boy from
one of Chicago's prominent families, a bizarre relationship between
The kidnapping of Charles A. Lindbergh
Jr.-- Baby Charlie had a cold in February, 1932. On March 1, his parents, Charles and Anne spent the evening at home in Hopewell, New Jersey. Betty Gow, Charlie's nurse, rubbed medication on the baby's chest to relieve congestion. At about 7:30 PM, Betty and Anne put Charlie Jr. to bed. At 10 p.m., Betty discovered Charlie was gone.
The Case That Never Dies: The Lindbergh Kidnapping -- by Lloyd C. Gardner -- Charles Lindbergh's baby was taken from his home near Hopewell, New Jersey, in 1932, during the Great Depression when kidnapping neared epidemic proportions. Despite the publicity many controversies surround the "Crime of the Century." A comprehensive study of the investigation, and trial, in the context of the Depression, when many feared the country was on the edge of anarchy, historian Lloyd C. Gardner delves into Lindbergh's dealings with crime baron Owney Madden, Al Capone's New York counterpart, through gangland intermediaries, and the exploits of John Condon, a retired schoolteacher who became the prosecution's chief witness. The investigation was hampered by Colonel Lindbergh, who insisted police not attempt to find the perpetrator because he feared it would endanger his son. He relented when the child was found dead. After two years, a German immigrant, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death. Gardner pays attention to the evidence and how it was misused in the trial. Gardner concludes that there was insufficient evidence to convict. Never-before-used FBI records reveal animosity between J. Edgar Hoover and Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the New Jersey State Police.
1954 -- Captive for 64
Hours, Wealthy Realtor Saved. Realtor Leonard
Moskowitz kidnapped; journalists are in on the story but keep
it out of the press to lessen the danger to his life. Newsreel story.
Justice - Witness Protection In July 1984, Kari Swenson,
a 23-year-old world class athlete, was training in Montana when
two mountain men took her captive. In April 1992, New Jersey executive
Sidney Russo was grabbed by a couple demanding 18 million dollars.
More than half a century after the tragic case of the Lindbergh
baby, the kidnapping business is still thriving. This hard-hitting
examination profiles the cases of Swenson and Russo to see how
this crime is handled today. Learn about the latest investigating
and negotiating tactics, and see why even the most successful
and skilled investigators flirt with failure on almost every case.
Interviews with kidnapping victims and investigators offer unique
insights into this troubling crime, and a detailed analysis of
the Swenson and Russo investigations reveals how thin the line
between success and failure is.
Justice: Sinatra Kidnapping Recalls the spectacular 1963
kidnapping of Frank Sinatra, Jr. The kidnappers received $240,000
in ransom money from Frank Sr., but they all eventually landed
The Untold Story of International Kidnapping
by Ann Hagedorn Ransom opens with the story
of five men taken hostage in 1995 in Kashmir, the hotly disputed
paradise that lies between India and Pakistan. The men--two Britons,
an American, a German, and a Norwegian--were tourists hiking their
way through the Himalayan mountains that crosses through Kashmir,
when men with weapons appeared and snatched the five hostages.
Interweaving the story of the Kashmir abduction with accounts
of other kidnappings and interviews with antikidnapping "risk"
experts, a mesmerizing kidnapping on a massive scale: as many
as 20,000 to 30,000 incidents occur annually, up from about 6,000
per year during the 1980s. Auerbach ascribes some of the blame
to the end of the cold war, which brought uneducated but highly
trained soldiers into the mercenary pool. Ransom details countermeasures
to combat the kidnapping problem, from the FBI's internal revolution
on the issue to the rise of high-tech "risk consultants," danger
assessments for corporations and individuals and who will fly
to the scene to negotiate with kidnappers. As for the five in
Kashmir, one is dead: the Norwegian, his body found dismembered
a month after the group was taken hostage. Of the remaining four,
no word of their situation has come since December 1995, when
allowed to record a message for their families.