We’ve all heard about sad kidnapping stories on the TV or in the newspaper and they are always terrible. Yet of all the true kidnapping stories, probably the saddest of all are child kidnapping stories. Get ready though, because from the longest kidnapping in history to the most shocking kidnappings you’ve ever read about, these are 25 Crazy Kidnapping Stories You Might Not Believe Are Actually True.
Jaycee Lee Dugard
While an 11 year old Jaycee was on her way to school, Phillip Garrido kidnapped her and held her captive for 18 years. She had 2 children during her 2 decade ordeal. Jaycee was only found after she visited the UC Berkely campus in 2009 with Phillip. Their behavior raised some red flags and led to an investigation.
Known in Japan as the Niigata girl confinement incident, Sano was kidnapped by a mentally disturbed man at a baseball game when she was 9. For the next 9 years, he kept her locked in his upstairs apartment. She was found when the kidnapper’s mother reported his strange behavior.
Cynthia Ann Parker
In 1836, at the age of 10, Cynthia was taken away by a band of Comanches who had murdered her entire family. She lived among the tribe for the next 24 years and even married a war chief, Peta Nocona. She had three kids, one of which was the last great war chief of the Comanche, Quanah Parker.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.
The son of Charles Lindbergh, the famous aviator, was taken from his crib, and after failed ransom negotiations, the boy’s body was found by a truck driver. It was labeled the “Crime of the Century” and led to the “The Federal Kidnapping Act of 1932,” which lets federal agents pursue kidnappers across state lines.
At 22 years old, Brooke was kidnapped and his body was discovered in San Francisco Bay several days later. Because he was so well liked in the community, the kidnappers were publicly lynched in what has been labeled “the last lynching in California.”
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