25 Crazy Kidnapping Stories You Might Not Believe Are Actually True

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.


Elizabeth Fritzl

basementSource: independent.co.uk

In a case that shocked Austria, Elizabeth’s father had kept her locked in his basement for 24 years. He fathered seven children with her and kept 3 of them locked up in the basement while bringing the other three to live upstairs with his family. (He told his wife that he found the kids.)


Steven Stayner

Cary StaynerSource: latimes.com, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain; text added)

At 7 years old, Steven was kidnapped on his way back from school. Kenneth Parnell held him captive for the next 7 years until he kidnapped another boy. The two of them then managed to escape. In a sad twist of fate, Steven’s brother Cary had felt neglected by their grieving parents and grew up to be the Yosemite Serial Killer. Steven’s abduction was the longest known kidnapping in the US that ended with a safe return.


Patty Hearst

Patty HearstSource: fbi.gov, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

The 19 year old granddaughter of American businessman William Randolph Hearst was kidnapped from her college campus by a radical left wing group in 1974. Shortly afterwards, Patty became a victim of Stockholm Syndrome. She started carrying out burglaries and other crimes with the group. She was eventually caught and served a short jail sentence. She was pardoned by President Bill Clinton in 2001.


Carlina White

hospitalSource: nytimes.com, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Abducted as an infant from a hospital in New York, Carlina had suspected that her “mother” wasn’t actually her mother because they looked nothing alike. Her suspicions were confirmed when her “mother” was unable to provide her with a birth certificate. Carlina notified the authorities and managed to solve her own kidnapping. She was reunited with her biological parents and her “mother” received a jail sentence of 12 years. This was the longest non-parental abduction to ever be resolved.


Zephany Nurse

Cape Town, South AfricaSource: bbc, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Zephany was kidnapped as a baby and raised with her kidnapper’s family in Cape Town, South Africa. She was finally discovered when she began attending the same school as her biological sister, and classmates noticed striking similarities between the two.


Wait until you see number 3; the family’s reaction is really crazy!

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