A supposed caretaker is accused of imprisoning, abusing and killing mentally disabled people and pocketing over $200,000 in benefits. The case against Linda Ann Weston is the first time hate crime charges have been pressed against someone accused of abusing the disabled.
For parents faced with the nightmare of a child snatched by a stranger, a ransom note left in the empty bassinet can serve as a beacon of hope. Here are five famous ransom notes from the cases that captivated America.
The revolution of the Front de Libération du Québec began on April 20, 1963, with Molotov cocktails and dynamite time bombs that targeted Anglo Quebeckers. The terrorist group that idolized Fidel Castro and Che Guevara managed to kill three people with their randomly placed bombs, and eventually resorted to kidnapping. It would take Canadian federal troops to put an end the violence.
High-profile cases of kids abducted by strangers that captivated the nation and instilled fear in the hearts of parents.
Famous American aviator Charles Lindbergh, his wife and young son lived a peaceful life in New Jersey until March 1, 1932 when their world collapsed. The Lindbergh Baby, as he became known, was kidnapped from the couple’s home. His disappearance and murder became a media sensation and brought to the Lindberghs the attention they’d sought to avoid by moving into a secluded mansion.
Jessica Lunsford was seen alive on February 24, 2005. Her abductor, John Couey, kept her over the weekend at his home where he raped and assaulted her repeatedly before ending her life.
A deeply religious woman is kidnapped and held captive. For twelve days, she endured sexual torture and beatings so horrible, her captor said to her, “By the time I’m through, you won’t believe in God.”
On December 4, 1972, Steven Stayner, 7, was abducted into sexual slavery by serial pedophile Kenneth Parnell, an ordeal Stayner, the brother of serial killer Cary Stayner, would endure for more than seven years. By tragic coincidence, Steven’s step-grandfather had a cabin a few hundred feet from Parnell’s, but never realized that Steven was easily within shouting distance.
When asked about his brave act, Illinois man Kelly Davis said, “If he would’ve ran to the end of the city, I would’ve chased him to the end of the city.”
Police in Pittsburgh, Pa., say 19-year-old Breona Moore dressed up as a nurse and walked out of the hospital Thursday with a newborn baby in a zippered handbag. Prior to the alleged kidnapping, Moore’s family says the young woman made posts on Facebook claiming she was pregnant, a claim those close to her found suspicious.