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Frank Edward Ray, hero in Chowchilla school bus hijacking, dies at 91
KC Star ^ | 5/18/12 | Elaine Woo

Posted on 05/18/2012 10:43:45 PM PDT by peggybac

Frank Edward Ray, the school bus driver hailed as a hero for helping to lead 26 children to safety after a bizarre kidnapping in the San Joaquin Valley town of Chowchilla, Calif., 36 years ago, has died. He was 91.

Ray died Thursday in Chowchilla of complications of cirrhosis of the liver, said his granddaughter, Susan Ray.

On the next-to-last day of summer school in July 1976, Ray was driving a busload of children home when he slowed down on tree-lined Avenue 21 for a white van blocking the road.

Three masked men with guns jumped out and hijacked the bus, throwing Ray, the children and Chowchilla into history as victims of one of California's strangest crimes.

(Excerpt) Read more at kansascity.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: chowchilla

1 posted on 05/18/2012 10:43:54 PM PDT by peggybac
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To: peggybac

I remember it like it was yesterday.


2 posted on 05/18/2012 11:06:59 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: peggybac

I still have that book from the 70’s. What a chilling ordeal he and those kids went through.


3 posted on 05/18/2012 11:14:58 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: peggybac

And the three rich boy perps who had everything going for them are still in jail. The idiocy of this crime is still beyond belief. They must be in their 50’s or 60’s now, paying for the crime committed when they were just stupid younguns.


4 posted on 05/18/2012 11:18:45 PM PDT by HerrBlucher ( R)
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To: peggybac

RIP Frank Edward Ray.


5 posted on 05/18/2012 11:30:37 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: HerrBlucher

Hijacking and kidnapping seemed to be the cool thing to do back in the 70s...


6 posted on 05/19/2012 1:59:22 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: peggybac

“Ray is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Odessa”

Wow. 70 years.


7 posted on 05/19/2012 3:58:34 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: peggybac

RIP.


8 posted on 05/19/2012 12:44:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: peggybac

One of the kidnappers was just released from prison last month, FWIW. Sorry for late posting, but just saw the article about the kidnapper: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/man-kidnapped-26-children-chowchilla-school-bus-demanded-ransom-released-prison-article-1.1100686


9 posted on 07/30/2012 7:30:58 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Obama 07/22/12: "we all reflect on how we can do something about some of the senseless violence...")
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To: PghBaldy

Thanks!!


10 posted on 07/30/2012 7:30:19 PM PDT by peggybac
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