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5 Kidnappings that shocked the world

by Keren P.

Most Shocking Kidnapping Stories Ever

Over the past two centuries, there have been many crimes that shocked the world. Among those are the following 5 abduction cases that echoed for many years. Here are the kidnappings that shocked the world.

Charles Lindbergh, Jr.

Charles Lindbergh, Jr.
Dubbed "The Eaglet", Charles was a 20-month-old baby that was kidnapped from his second-story nursery, on March 1, 1932. After the abduction, which occurred in New Jersey, the kidnapper left a ransom note demanding $50,000 to return Charles. His parents notified authorities about the abduction. For months, there was a search for baby Charles which ended sadly. On May 12 of that year, the decomposed body of baby Lindbergh was found 5 miles from his house. It was found that the young boy died from trauma to the head close to the kidnapping.

Etan Patz

Etan Patz
6-year-old Patz was walking alone to his school's bus stop in May 1979. An 18-year-old convenience store employee by the name of Pedro Hernandez lured Patz to the shop's basement, where he choked the young boy. Then, he put the body in the garbage. He became the first child to appear on milk cartons in the US, and his body was never found.

Natascha Kampusch

Natascha Kampusch
One of the most infamous kidnappings of all time; Kampusch was only 10-years-old when she was abducted on her way to school in 1998. The kidnapper was Wolfgang Priklopil, who put young Natascha underneath his garage, in a cell with no window. She was held in the Austrian home prison for 8 and a half years until she managed to escape in 2006. Following her escape, Priklopil killed himself. Despite being repeatedly beaten and sexually abused, Natascha now owns the home where she was held captive.

Jaycee Dugard

Jaycee Dugard
While walking to her school's bus stop, 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard was abducted by Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy in 1990. For 18 years, the couple held Dugard captive in a backyard prison. Phillip, a convicted rapist, was arrested for abduction in 2009. Upon her release, it was discovered that Dugard gave birth to two daughters, who were 17 and 14 when she was finally released. Phillip was sentenced to 431 years in prison, and his wife received 36 years to life.

Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart
When she was 14-years-old, Elizabeth was taken from her bedroom in her Salt Lake City home. The kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell, held her for nine months and raped her repeatedly. Elizabeth's sister, Mary Katherine, shared a room with Elizabeth, and she pretended to be asleep during the abduction. In October of that year, Mary Katherine realized where she had heard the voice of the abductor. The man, who called himself "Emmanuel", was hired by the Smart family to do odd jobs. The police eventually found Smart and Mitchell in Sandy, Utah. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2010.


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