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Elizabeth Smart: 'Evil' Captor 'Encouraged Him to Rape Me'

On eve of Wanda Barzee's release, Smart says she sat next to her while she was being raped

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Wanda Barzee is set to walk out of Utah State Prison a free woman—and on Tuesday, the person she helped hold captive for nine months is once more speaking out against her release. A surprise announcement earlier this month warned Elizabeth Smart, now 30, that her one-time... More »

Family Decides on Taking In Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper

Wanda Barzee's niece says she has to fend for herself

(Newser) - Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old woman is released from prison , looming fears about whether she remains a threat and... More »

Cops: Woman Faked Abduction to Avoid Paying Workers

She claimed men stole $9K from her

(Newser) - A California woman who said she had been kidnapped, robbed, tied up, and possibly sexually assaulted was making it all up because she didn't want to pay her subcontractors, according to police in Fresno. Police say 32-year-old Maria Gonzalez claimed two black men armed with a handgun abducted her... More »

4 Girls Were Attacked. They Fought Back With Fists, Coffee

Would-be kidnapper foiled by brave tweens and teens

(Newser) - A group of girls foiled a kidnapping attempt in Michigan by throwing hot coffee on a male suspect who took off with authorities in hot pursuit. Bruce Hipkins, 22, was arrested on charges of unlawful imprisonment, assault, battery, and criminal sexual conduct minutes after police say he assaulted four girls... More »

Cops Seeking Missing Kid Rescue 11 From Compound

2 heavily armed men arrested in New Mexico

(Newser) - Police looking for a missing 3-year-old boy at a remote compound in northern New Mexico didn't find him—but they did rescue 11 other children who were living in the most squalid conditions they'd ever encountered. Police say the starving children were living with five adults in an... More »

Her Afternoon Shift at the Gas Station Turned Heroic

Savannah Pritchett reacted quickly when woman said she had been kidnapped

(Newser) - At 3pm on Wednesday, a cashier at a Waterford, Calif., gas station got an unusual request: "Lock the door, they will kill us." Savannah Pritchett tells KCRA that while working at Triple R Gas Mart a woman walked in, told her she had been kidnapped in Fresno, had... More »

Nigeria Captain Proves World Cup's Most Dedicated

John Obi Mikel played June 26 match hours after dad's kidnapping

(Newser) - Facing arguably the world's best soccer player in a World Cup match is hard enough, but Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel did it hours after learning his father had been kidnapped for a second time, and without telling a soul on his team. Mikel only opened up about the... More »

Jogger Fights Off Convicted Rapist

37-year-old also got help from neighbors Sunday in Bridgewater, Mass.

(Newser) - Putting up a fight, a woman managed to escape being abducted by a convicted rapist while out jogging in Massachusetts on Sunday, police say. The woman, who chose not to be identified, was running in Bridgewater around 7:30am when a man got out of his SUV and came toward... More »

Weird Saga of British Model's Kidnapping Reaches Its End

Lucasz Herba is found guilty

(Newser) - A British model described a terrifying kidnap ordeal ; the man arrested in the case claimed she was in on it . Now, a conclusion: An Italian court on Monday found Lucasz Herba guilty of kidnapping Chloe Ayling last July and sentenced him to 16 years and nine months. Ayling, then 20,... More »

Cops: Flight Instructor Tried to Deport Foreign Student

Calif. man charged with kidnapping

(Newser) - A flight school manager in California and his assistant have been arrested over a bizarre alleged plot to kidnap one of the students and deport him back to China. Police say flight instructor Jonathan McConkey and assistant Kelsi Hoser from the IASCO Flight Training went to the Redding apartment of... More »

Female Park Ranger Dead; 2 British Hikers Freed

Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty were ambushed in Democratic Republic of Congo

(Newser) - A pair of British hikers looking for adventure in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been freed after being kidnapped, but a 25-year-old park ranger is dead. British authorities said Sunday that Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty had been freed after gunmen ambushed their vehicle in Virunga National Park on... More »

Couple Gets $2.5M After Cops Called Kidnapping a Hoax

Police compared California couple's claims to 'Gone Girl'

(Newser) - A California woman whose kidnapping and rape were dismissed by police as a hoax akin to Gone Girl has settled with the City of Vallejo and its police department for $2.5 million, her family tells KGO . In 2015, Denise Huskins and boyfriend Aaron Quinn were drugged inside their home... More »

Boko Haram Took More Than 100 Girls: 'We Are in Deep Pain'

Locals in Dapchi, Nigeria, are growing angry at government for murky details on recent abductions

(Newser) - Emotion is turning from shock and anguish to frustration and anger in the Nigerian town of Dapchi, where Boko Haram arrived last week and abducted more than 100 schoolgirls , an attack reminiscent of the mass kidnapping in 2014 of 276 girls from Chibok. "We are in great pain,"... More »

Kidnapped Model Was in on the Plot, Suspect Says

Lukasz Herba says Chloe Ayling agreed to the scheme to boost her career

(Newser) - A Polish man charged with kidnapping a British model for ransom testified Wednesday that she agreed to the scheme in a bid to boost her career, denying his previous statements to investigators that he was trying to make money so he could seek treatment for leukemia. Lukasz Herba, testifying in... More »

Even His Victims Are Defending This Alleged Kidnapper

Brazilian gang boss allegedly kidnapped nurses to vaccinate the poor

(Newser) - Wanted gang leader Thomaz Viera Gomez has been dubbed Brazil's very own Robin Hood, thanks to his alleged involvement in what may be one of the most unconventional kidnappings ever, reports Newsweek . That's because the two men Gomez, or "2N," is accused of kidnapping on Jan.... More »

FBI: Kidnapper Assaulted Woman Before Taking Girl

Police aren't saying whether it was a random attack; the girl is safe

(Newser) - New details are emerging in the case of a kidnapped 4-year-old girl who was found safe on Wednesday, one day after being taken. Police say the girl's mother was attacked in her home on Tuesday and apparently tied up before police found her while making a welfare check, according... More »

In Minutes, Jury Convicts Man of Florida Girl's Murder, Rape

Donald Smith posed as good Samaritan for poor family to get close to Cherish Perrywinkle, 8

(Newser) - It took less than 15 minutes Wednesday for a Florida jury to convict a 61-year-old man of abducting, raping, and murdering an 8-year-old girl, the AP reports. The Jacksonville courtroom had just gone into recess after the judge read instructions to the jurors when everyone quickly returned. A decision was... More »

Abducted Girl Rescued Thanks to Observant Strangers

Thomas Lawton Evans was arrested day after Heidi Todd went missing

(Newser) - To the trio of railroad workers, the situation just seemed a bit off: While tending to track for Norfolk Southern in Alabama on Tuesday afternoon, they came upon a truck parked near the tracks. Inside was a sleeping man and a young girl—who turned out to be 4 years... More »

Woman Admits Kidnapping Newborn 20 Years Ago

Gloria Williams could get up to 22 years

(Newser) - Almost 20 years after she kidnapped a newborn baby girl from a hospital room in Florida, Gloria Williams has confessed to her crime. The 52-year-old pleaded guilty in a Jacksonville courtroom Monday to abducting baby Kamiyah Mobley, now known as Alexis Manigo, the Florida Times-Union reports. Williams, who raised the... More »

Arrested in Lana Del Rey Kidnap Plot: Man With 'Long Rap Sheet'

Orlando police say they found Michael Hunt a block away from her concert venue with a knife, tickets

(Newser) - A scary situation was diffused by the Orlando Police Friday evening right before a Lana Del Rey concert in that city's Amway Center, with Del Rey at the center of it. E! News and CNN report that 43-year-old Michael Hunt was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping with a... More »

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