Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $56,440
64%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 64%!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: kidnap

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Ukraine Kidnappers Free Bitcoin Analyst After $1m Ransom Paid

    01/05/2018 11:32:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Gulf News ^ | January 6, 2018
    Pavel Lerner, a blockchain expert, was taken hostage by masked gunmen on December 26Kiev: Kidnappers in Ukraine have released an employee at a United Kingdom-registered cryptocurrency exchange after getting more than $1 million (Dh3.67 million) in bitcoins as ransom, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister told Reuters on Friday. Pavel Lerner, a leading analyst and blockchain expert, was abducted by unknown masked people on December 26, according to a statement by his company, EXMO Finance, on its website. “This is the first such case in Ukraine linked to bitcoins,” Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, said...
  • Woman kidnapped at 9 and raped for weeks

    12/29/2017 3:49:22 PM PST · by packrat35 · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/29/2017 | Chris Spargo
    Katie Beers, now 34, participated in a Reddit AMA on Thursday, during which she revealed that the years of sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her godmother's husband prepared her for the ordeal. She was just 9 when she was abducted by John Esposito in 1992, who lured her in with the promise of a girl for her upcoming birthday. Espositio then took her to his house where he kept her in a dungeon he had specifically built for her that was buried under his garage and hidden by a 200lbs. slab of concrete. Linoleum flooring and carpeting...
  • Bitcoin exchange chief kidnapped as he leaves work

    12/29/2017 6:49:43 AM PST · by RightGeek · 30 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/28/2017 | Margi Murphy
    The chief executive of a UK-based Bitcoin exchange called EXMO has reportedly been kidnapped in Ukraine. Pavel Lerner, 40, was kidnapped while leaving his office in Kiev's Obolon district on December 26. Local media reported that he had been pulled into a black Mercedes-Benz by a group of men wearing balaclavas. "We are doing everything possible to speed up the search of Pavel Lerner," a spokesman told the Telegraph. "Any information regarding his whereabouts is very much appreciated...Despite the situation, the exchange is working as usual. We also want to stress that nature of Pavel’s job at EXMO doesn’t assume...
  • Islamic State fighters face Nineveh Criminal Court as first death sentences handed down

    08/27/2017 3:18:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 35 replies
    News.com AU ^ | August 28, 2017 6:24am | Matt Young
    “I KEPT the four girls in an abandoned house. Each night I would have sex with a different one,” a grubby looking man said, unperturbed.“Sometimes they seemed scared, but they never said no. They were all virgins when I got them and more beautiful than you can imagine.”It was the world’s single largest military operation in nearly 15 years.The battle for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the largest offensive in the war against Islamic State - and no doubt, the bloodiest - took a mighty three years for allied forces to remove Islamic State’s tight grip.But with freedom, comes...
  • Father of kidnapped Tennessee teen divorces her mother, accusing her of 'beating the girl and

    04/26/2017 7:35:43 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 4/25/17 | ap/James Wilkinson
    Full title...........................Father of kidnapped Tennessee teen divorces her mother, accusing her of 'beating the girl and locking her in the basement' before the 15-year-old was 'snatched' by teacher........................... Elizabeth Thomas was easy prey for teacher Tad Cummins, according to her dad Anthony Thomas is divorcing Kimberly, saying she abused some of their 10 kids She hit Elizabeth, pushed her down steps and locked her in a basement, he said That led to Elizabeth being vulnerable to Cummins, Monday's divorce docs say The girl would go to him to get help with panic attacks, a school report claimed Family say that...
  • Found! Amber Alert teacher, 50, arrested and his ex-student, 15, found safe near a remote....

    04/20/2017 2:38:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 78 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | April 20, 2017 | James Wilkinson and Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com and Ben Ashford
    FULL TITLE: Found! Amber Alert teacher, 50, arrested and his ex-student, 15, found safe near a remote northern California commune five weeks after pair vanished from Tennessee Former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins was arrested this morning near a remote commune in northern California and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas whom he was alleged to have kidnapped was found unharmed nearly 2,500 miles from home after an intense five-week search. At a press conference held Thursday afternoon, TBI spokesperson Josh DeVine recounted how a tip from a resident led to Cummins' capture and Thomas' recovery. According to the official, at around 11pm on...
  • Man previously deported to Mexico charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting woman

    02/03/2017 10:05:58 PM PST · by LUV W · 26 replies
    CBS7--Odessa, Texas ^ | February 3, 2017 | CBS Austin
    (AUSTIN) -- A man who had previously been deported to Mexico who is charged with kidnapping and sexual assault was arrested Thursday night by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, CBS affiliate CBS Austin reports. Police say 46-year-old Juan Lopez of Austin was arrested without incident and charged with a pair of 1st degree felonies. According to police, Lopez had arranged for the female victim, who he had known for over a year, to take his vehicle and keep it at her home while he left on an out-of-town job. Police say Lopez was then to meet the victim and...
  • If I was the mother of the special needs teen...

    01/07/2017 11:06:53 PM PST · by steel_resolve · 18 replies
    Daily.mail uk ^ | Katie hopkins
    Another day. And the news marches on. Runs forward almost, into the next drama. A shooting in a Fort Lauderdale airport. Carrie Fisher's ashes carried in a giant Prozac-shaped jar. Trump's 12 days from moving into the White House. We turn the pages quickly on the stories of life, anxious not to get left behind. But the real people, people whose lives only fascinated us for an instant, whose stories grabbed us for a moment, good and bad - they are still living their story, their nightmare.
  • Sherri Papini, abducted mom, found emaciated with hair cut off, husband says

    11/29/2016 2:20:32 PM PST · by Red Badger · 80 replies
    www.cbsnews.com ^ | November 29, 2016, 1:40 PM | By Crimesider Staff
    REDDING, Calif. -- The husband of a Northern California woman found bound along the side of a road three weeks after vanishing says the woman was “branded,” burned, had “chain marks” and her hair cut off and weighed only 87 pounds after her rescue. Keith Papini said in a statement released to Good Morning America that investigators told him to “brace himself” before he was re-united with his wife at a hospital Thanksgiving Day because of her battered condition. Investigators say Sherri Papini, 34, was abducted Nov. 2 after going for a jog near Redding. Her husband told Good Morning...
  • Internet Sleuths Are Convinced That The Podestas Are The Kidnappers in These Police Sketches

    11/07/2016 5:25:09 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 29 replies
    We Are Change ^ | 11/7/16 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    On Sunday evening, side-by-side images of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and his brother Tony next to police sketches of potential suspects in a 2007 kidnapping of a three-year-old girl took over the internet. The resemblance is striking, and Reddit, 4chan, and Twitter rapidly took up the case. -snip- In 2013, five years after Portuguese police had closed the case, they reopened it and revealed two new police sketches. It was believed that they were supposed to be of the same man, but from two different witnesses. Reddit and others on social media are now asking, what if it...
  • More details released in North Austin library kidnapping arrest (TX)

    09/26/2016 4:45:01 PM PDT · by bgill · 7 replies
    keyetv.com ^ | Sept. 25, 2016 | CBS Austin
    A witness told police she heard screaming coming from the restroom and ran in to see what was wrong. The witness pulled on the first stall door, but it was locked. Through the crack of the door the witness saw Powell with his hand over the mouth of an 8-year-old female child, who was trying to get away. The witness screamed at Powell to let the child go but he would not, the affidavit says.
  • Dr. Henry Lee Revisits JonBenét Ramsey Case In CBS Special

    09/15/2016 2:04:46 PM PDT · by bgill · 44 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | Sept. 15, 2016 | Roger Catlin
    One of the biggest stars of the fall TV season so far is a 6-year-old child beauty queen who has been dead nearly two decades. After three documentary specials have already been run (with a TV movie in the works), the biggest broadcast project, "The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey," airs Sunday, Sept. 18 and Monday, Sept. 19 on CBS. In it, Connecticut's famed criminalist Dr. Henry Lee is one of a handful of original investigators of the case who have been reunited with a pair of new experts for the special to re-examine the death of the little girl in...
  • Twin Cities Teen’s Quick Thinking Thwarts Uber Driver’s Kidnapping

    09/15/2016 9:56:59 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | September 14, 2016 | Kate Raddatz
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities Uber driver is charged with trying to kidnap a young woman he picked up on the job. Dahir Aden, 50, is charged with a felony count of false imprisonment after he refused to drive a teenage girl home and instead took her to his home in West St. Paul. The girl told police Aden planned to sexually assault her. Investigators say it was the girl’s quick thinking that allowed her to be rescued. According to the criminal complaint, Dahir Aden picked up a young woman from her North Minneapolis apartment the night of Aug....
  • White House refuses to OK rescue of American University professors kidnapped by Taliban

    09/10/2016 8:18:56 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 16 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | September 10, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Once again U.S. special operations forces attempted to rescue two American University professors kidnapped in Kabul last month. The Mission was unsuccessful because the White House withheld its approval despite Intelligence reports pinpointing the location at which the hostages were being held. The Two professors – one American, the other Australian were kidnapped during the Taliban attack on the American University. Disguised as police, the attackers killed twelve people and likely kidnaped the educators for ransom. After the release of Bergdahl and the ransom payment to Iran, the Taliban or the Haqqani network seized on the opportunity to grab a...
  • Did North Korea abduct missing U.S. student David Sneddon?

    09/06/2016 10:32:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | September 2, 2016 | KJ Kwon and Ben Westcott
    Did North Korea abduct missing U.S. student David Sneddon? By KJ Kwon and Ben Westcott, CNN Updated 2223 GMT (0623 HKT) September 2, 2016 (CNN) — If true, it could be one of the most astonishing stories to ever emerge from North Korea. A media report on Friday repeated claims that a 24-year-old American man was kidnapped in China in 2004 and taken to Pyongyang to work as an English tutor for current leader Kim Jong Un. However, the US State Department says there is no evidence to confirm reports that missionary David Sneddon was seized while hiking in China's...
  • State Dept. Warns: Iran Seeking to Capture U.S. Citizens

    08/22/2016 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/22/2016 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department issued a warning on Monday urging U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to Iran, which has made the detention of American a priority. The latest travel advisory, which emphasizes Iran’s desire to capture U.S. citizens, comes on the heels of a growing scandal over the Obama administration’s decision to pay Iran $400 million in cash on the same day that it freed several U.S. hostages. The payment has been cast by lawmakers and others as a ransom payment and prompted increasing concern among U.S. officials that Iran is making arresting Americans a priority. The travel warning is mean...
  • Mexico: Gunmen kidnap 16 people from beach resort restaurant in Puerto Vallarta

    08/15/2016 2:11:02 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 91 replies
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk ^ | 8/15/16 | Fiona Keating
    Armed men have abducted at least 16 people from La Leche, an upmarket restaurant in a popular Mexican tourist destination. "I am in Puerto Vallarta heading the investigation into the kidnapping (that) occurred this morning," said Eduardo Almaguer, the state prosecutor on his Twitter account on Monday (15 August). Initial reports, which have not been officially confirmed, stated that a group of armed men targeted around 20 people in La Leche restaurant and took some of them away in several vehicles. Prosecutors in the western state of Jalisco said that two SUVs with several gunmen arrived at around 1am at...
  • Kaine: Being picked for VP feels like being 'kidnapped'

    08/06/2016 4:49:11 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/6/2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Tim Kaine says being Hillary Clinton's running mate feels like being kidnapped. Kaine spoke at a coordinated campaign field office for Clinton and local Democrats in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Friday, according to Politico. Asked by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) what it was like to be Clinton's running mate, he responded: "It feels like I got kidnapped." Kaine, a Virginia senator, was announced as Clinton's running mate July 22. He held his first joint campaign event with her the next day, and spoke at the Democratic National Convention the following week — speaking just after Vice President Joe Biden and...
  • Kaine: Being picked for VP feels like being 'kidnapped'

    08/06/2016 12:28:27 PM PDT · by God luvs America · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/6/2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Tim Kaine says being Hillary Clinton's running mate feels like being kidnapped. Kaine spoke at a coordinated campaign field office for Clinton and local Democrats in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Friday, according to Politico. Asked by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) what it was like to be Clinton's running mate, he responded: "It feels like I got kidnapped." Kaine, a Virginia senator, was announced as Clinton's running mate July 22. He held his first joint campaign event with her the next day, and spoke at the Democratic National Convention the following week — speaking just after Vice President Joe Biden and...
  • Mother-in-law of Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone reportedly kidnapped in Brazil

    07/26/2016 10:37:11 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/26/16 | reuters
    The mother-in-law of Formula One racing executive Bernie Ecclestone was reportedly kidnapped in Brazil and the criminals are demanding a $36.5 million ransom. ADVERTISEMENT Reuters, citing Brazilian media, reported Monday that Aparecida Schunck, 67, who is the mother of Ecclestone’s wife Fabiana Flosi, was captured Friday night in the Sao Paulo neighborhood of Interlagos. According to Veja, the ransom demand is the highest in the country’s history. Brazilian authorities have yet to confirm the kidnapping. Ecclestone, 85, is one of the most powerful officials in Formula One. He’s estimated to be worth about $3.1 billion, according to Forbes magazine. He...