On December 4, 1972, Steven Stayner, 7, was abducted into sexual slavery Kenneth Parnell, an ordeal that would last more than seven years. Steven’s step-grandfather had a cabin in Yosemite a few hundred feet from Parnell’s, but never knew that Steven was within easy shouting distance. Ironically, Steven’s older brother, Cary, would later become the serial killer known as the Yosemite Murderer,
The 1933 kidnapping and subsequent murder of popular, attractive young man Brooke Hart, 22, so angered the people of San Jose, California, that on November 26, a mob over 5000 strong stormed the jail and lynched the suspects.
Kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson spoke with the Today show about her ordeal and what can only be described as one horrific day.
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 thoughtlessly ending her life.
High-profile cases of child abductions that captivated the nation and instilled fear in the hearts of parents everywhere.
On July 25, 1977, one year and ten days after the crime, Frederick Woods, and brothers Richard and James Schoenfeld pleaded guilty to kidnapping a school bus full of children and holding them for ransom. Richard Shoenfeld was released on parole in the summer of 2012; the other two remain incarcerated.
On July 15, 1976, three reckless young men, all black sheep from affluent California families, thought they had committed the "perfect crime" when they carjacked and a school bus full of children, and held all 26 children and the driver, Ed Ray, for a $5 million ransom.
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.
Snatched on June 5, 2002 by a man who said God told him to make her his second wife, Smart, 15, was bound and raped daily for the nine months that she was missing. Her story is remarkable not only because lived, but because she recovered and lived to testify against her captors.
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.