“Kidnapping: Whenever a person is taken or detained against his or her will, including hostage situations, whether or not the victim is moved. Kidnapping is not limited to the acts of strangers but can be committed by acquaintances, by romantic partners, and, as has been increasingly true in recent years, by parents who are involved in acrimonious custody disputes. Kidnapping involves both short-term and short-distance displacements, acts common to many sexual assaults and robberies.” (“Missing Children Statistics,” 2008)
Kidnapping only makes up about 2% of all violent crimes against juveniles, but that does not make it any less of a crime. In the year 2000, 876,213 people were reported missing, and of that about 90% were juveniles under the age of 18. (“Missing Children Statistics,” 2008) With so many kidnapping cases each year, only a select few will make national news. One of the most notorious kidnapping cases was the Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. Kidnapping in 1932. What made this case so much more important then all the rest? There was nothing unusual about this case, but the one factor that made this national news was that Charles Lindbergh Jr. was the Twenty-Month old son of the Famous Aviator, Charles Lindbergh.
On March 1, 1932, baby Charles was put to bed at around 7:30 PM by his mother Anne Lindbergh and his Nurse, Betty Gow. About 3 hours later, when checking on the baby, Gow made a horrible discovery, baby Charles was not in his crib. The only thing that was out of place was an envelope on the window sill. The envelope contained a badly written ransom note that read:
Have 50,000$ redy 25000$ in 20$ bills 15000$ in 10$ bills and 10000$ in 5$ bills. After 2-4 days will inform you were to deliver the Mony. We warn you for making anyding public or for notify the Polise the child is in gut care. Indication for all letters are singnature and 3 holds .(“The American Experience,”... [continues]
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