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John Walsh Helps Find 'One of My Most Wanted Guys'

Fugitive was on the lam for nearly 25 years

(Newser) - A man wanted for a quarter-century for the rape and torture of two women is finally back in police custody. Some 24 years ago, brothers Paul Erven Jackson and Vance Roberts were accused of kidnapping, raping, and torturing at least two prostitutes in Roberts' home in Hillsboro, Ore., where police... More »

9 Years Later, a Writer Meets His Kidnappers

'Now, there are no nightmares, no anger'

(Newser) - In 2006, three teenagers kidnapped Brad Pearson in Philadelphia and repeatedly threatened to kill him as they drove around looking for an ATM. After scoring some cocaine, they finally let him go, much to the surprise of Pearson, then a senior in college. "I tried counting to eight, but... More »

Couple Takes On Cops Who Called Kidnapping a Hoax

Police allegedly told victim's attorney to watch Gone Girl

(Newser) - The California couple whose assault and kidnapping was publicly labeled a hoax by police filed a legal claim against the city of Vallejo and three police officers today alleging they "waged a vicious and shocking attack on two victims of a terrifying home invasion, kidnapping, and rape," NBC... More »

Secret Jail Recording May Doom Kidnapping Suspect

Man's alleged confession was 'off the record' to a reporter but not the FBI

(Newser) - "Off the record" doesn't mean the same thing in jail. It's a lesson Matthew Muller may learn the hard way. The Harvard graduate and respected immigration lawyer—suspected in at least five kidnappings in California over the past six years—may be undone because a prison interview... More »

Man Who Killed Teen Waiting for Bus in 1989 Is Executed

Ex-Kansas City cop calls Roderick Nunley's 25-year stay on death row a 'travesty'

(Newser) - A man convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering a 15-year-old Missouri girl from the Kansas City area more than a quarter-century ago was executed last night, becoming the state's sixth person to be put to death this year, the AP reports. The lethal injection for Roderick Nunley, 50, began... More »

Film About Real-Life Horror Family Breaks Records

'The Clan' shows Puccios' 'normal' life with screaming kidnap victims in background

(Newser) - Arquimedes Puccio seemed to neighbors like a pious, conservative, and obsessively tidy man. Several times a day, he'd sweep the sidewalk in front of his home in an upper-class Buenos Aires neighborhood. But cleanliness wasn't his only aim: Puccio was making sure that the screams of kidnap victims... More »

Teen Saves Kidnapped Woman, Is Hailed as a Hero

Malyk Bonnet, 17, went out of his way to help a woman who looked scared

(Newser) - Canada is hailing a 17-year-old cook in Montreal a brave, resourceful hero after his quick thinking helped save a kidnapped woman. It all started on Saturday, Aug. 1, when Malyk Bonnet was heading home from work in the north end of Montreal and noticed a couple fighting at the bus... More »

Florida Woman Lies to Skip Work, Gets Arrested for It

Beverly F. Brooks faked kidnapping to avoid returning to night shift: cops

(Newser) - A Florida woman is accused of making up a lie about being kidnapped so she wouldn't have to return to her job as a night shift nursing assistant. The Panama City Police Department says its officers and other agencies spent several hours Monday morning looking for Beverly F. Brooks,... More »

This Woman Left Her Family to Marry Man on Death Row

They married over speaker phone in 1996 and see each other twice a week

(Newser) - Rosalie Bolin hasn't always had such an unusual story. Back in the '90s she had a normal-looking marriage with wealthy attorney Victor D. Martinez (described by the LAT as "the scion of one of [Tampa's] oldest and most prominent families") and four daughters to show... More »

17-Year-Old's Kidnapping, Murder Stuns Germany

Anneli-Marie's captors demanded $1.3M in ransom before killing

(Newser) - The kidnapped daughter of a wealthy German businessman was found dead earlier this week—a horrific end to a case that has stunned Germany and left her parents in the care of police psychologists, reports the Mirror . Authorities say the 17-year-old, identified as Anneli-Marie R., was kidnapped while walking her... More »

Woman Escapes Nightmare Captivity With Rent Check

She'd been held in her own apartment since April

(Newser) - A woman held hostage since April by her boyfriend in her apartment in Lenexa, Kansas, ended her horrifying ordeal via one of life's more innocuous chores: Paying the rent. "Do not call police, but send help," read the note tucked in her rent payment, reports KSHB . So... More »

'Anti-Vaccine Kidnapping' Ends a Year Later

Megan Everett, 23, is arrested in Florida

(Newser) - Florida sheriff's deputies said today they have arrested Megan Everett, 23, who allegedly kidnapped her 3-year-old daughter last year to ensure she wouldn't be vaccinated, the Florida Times Union reports. Everett's landlady apparently saw them on the CNN show "The Hunt with John Walsh" and turned... More »

Cops: Woman Kidnapped, Killed by Husband's Mistress

Suspect shot Sandra Barnett, 49, then herself: police

(Newser) - Two women are dead after a dramatic chase that took police from Georgia to Alabama, where a standoff ensued yesterday. Police say Sandra Barnett, 49, was kidnapped from her home in Ellenwood, Ga., on Wednesday and whisked away in a black Dodge Durango, driven by her husband’s mistress. Neighbors... More »

Toddler Snatched From His Mother's Home Found Safe

Malachi Grant was allegedly kidnapped by his 'unstable' dad

(Newser) - Police in New Hampshire say that Malachi Grant, an 18-month-old boy reportedly kidnapped by a father investigators describe as mentally unstable, has been found safe and sound, NECN reports. Authorities say 33-year-old Jeremiah Grant was arrested following a pursuit in Franklin County, Maine, around 1:30 this morning; Malachi was... More »

Harvard-Trained Lawyer Arrested in Kidnapping Case

Matthew Muller arrested for allegedly kidnapping California woman

(Newser) - A Harvard-trained attorney has been charged in a home invasion and kidnapping that police once considered a hoax, KCRA reports. The FBI has arrested 38-year-old Matthew Muller—who was already being held in another home invasion case—for the kidnapping of Denise Huskins in Vallejo, Calif. According to Huskins' boyfriend,... More »

Rapper Rick Ross Busted on Kidnapping, Assault Charges

Cops say 'someone' refused to open gates at Ross' Atlanta mansion

(Newser) - A US Marshals Service fugitive task force and deputies arrested rapper Rick Ross at his mansion south of Atlanta early today, authorities say. Ross and a man described as his bodyguard were taken into custody in Fayette County, Jim Joyner, a Marshals' task force supervisor, tells the AP. Ross—real... More »

Cops: Kidnapped Woman Saved by Text

Authorities say she got access to assailant's phone, sent message to sister

(Newser) - A woman who had been kidnapped, raped, and brutally beaten managed to save herself when her abductor left the hotel room where she was being held and neglected to bring his phone, say police. The victim then sent a message to her sister, reports the Leaf Chronicle in Clarksville, Tennessee.... More »

St. Louis 'Stolen Babies' Mystery Deepens

'Glaring inconsistencies' in record could point to cover-up

(Newser) - The "stolen babies" mystery uncovered by the touching reunion of Zella Jackson Price and her long-lost daughter keeps getting murkier. Price says she was told by a nurse at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis that her daughter died soon after birth in 1965, but adoption records cited... More »

Woman Who Said She Was Held in Box Found Dead

Suspect may have returned to kill escaped captive, son

(Newser) - A fugitive suspect who allegedly kept a woman captive in a wooden box for months may have surfaced to murder her and her son, according to police in Missouri. James Barton Horn Jr. has been on the run since the end of April, when Sandra Sutton ran to a neighbor'... More »

Boko Haram Survivors: They 'Started Stoning Us'

Women were followed to the bathroom, not allowed 'to move an inch'

(Newser) - Almost 700 women and children are finally free from Boko Haram militants after Nigerian army rescue operations last week, and their stories are beginning to emerge. Survivors describe men and older boys being murdered while families watched, Reuters reports. Then women and other children were taken into the forest. "... More »

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