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Cops: Man Shackled Teen as Collateral for Loan to Her Dad

She was able to free herself and text for help

(Newser) - Police say a Pennsylvania man kept a 15-year-old girl in shackles as collateral for a loan to her father, the AP reports. Thirty-year-old Christopher Wiley Brown of Brownsville was jailed Thursday on kidnapping, indecent assault, and other charges. The Herald-Standard reports that the girl agreed to care for Brown's... More »

Backpackers Escape Living Nightmare on Remote Beach

Naked woman running for help had 'blood all over'

(Newser) - Two female backpackers have escaped a living nightmare near Adelaide, Australia. Police say a German and Brazilian, both in their 20s, met a man in a rural area of South Australia who drove them to a remote beach campsite in Coorong National Park on Tuesday, per 7 News and the... More »

'Bonnie and Clyde's' Run Ends in Deadly Shootout

Blake Fitzgerald is dead and Brittany Harper wounded

(Newser) - A Missouri couple accused in a string of violent crimes across four states is on the run no more, reports WBRC . Police caught up with them in Florida early Friday morning, with the resulting shootout leaving Blake Fitzgerald, 30, dead and Brittany Harper, also 30, wounded in the leg or... More »

Indictment: Doc Seeking Girlfriend Locked Woman in Bunker

Swedish man charged with rape, kidnapping

(Newser) - A Swedish doctor has been charged with rape and kidnapping after he confessed to drugging a woman with sedative-laced strawberries and locking her up in a soundproof bunker where he had intended to keep her for years, prosecutors said Monday. The 38-year-old man's defense lawyer described the case as... More »

Americans Missing in Iraq: Taken From Brothel?

Details from reported kidnapping case still murky

(Newser) - Conflicting reports still abound about a group of Americans reported kidnapped in Baghdad over the weekend, as Iraqi security forces infiltrated the Dora neighborhood Monday, going house to house in search of clues, the AP reports. Even the number of Americans missing is still unclear: Local media has reported three—... More »

'Several' Americans Missing in Iraq

Three have been kidnapped, according to local media

(Newser) - The US Embassy in Baghdad confirms that "several" Americans are missing in Iraq after local media reported that three Americans had been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital. US Embassy spokesman Scott Bolz said Sunday that "We are working in full cooperation with Iraqi authorities to locate the missing... More »

Cops: Kidnapper Could Be 'Dumbest Criminal of Year'

He allegedly scheduled a meeting with the victim and actually showed up for it

(Newser) - "If he can survive the remaining 340-some days of the year, he will definitely win the dumbest criminal of the year," Philly.com quotes police chief David Splain. The dumb criminal in question is Pennsylvania 17-year-old Jason Hayes, who is charged with kidnapping and robbing an old woman... More »

Cops: Kidnapped Car Salesman Gets Clever

He reportedly left phone in car trunk to help trace his attackers

(Newser) - Knowing the features of a Dodge Challenger appears to have paid off for a car salesman at a Houston dealership on Monday. It's a crazy story: Police say that two men kidnapped the salesman during a test drive and forced him into the trunk, reports ABC13 . At some point,... More »

Abducted College Students Rescued by SWAT: Cops

Still no motive why 2 University of Rochester students were kidnapped

(Newser) - Two college students have an upstate New York police force and SWAT team to thank after they were rescued Sunday night from their alleged kidnappers. Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo, both seniors at the University of Rochester, were forcibly abducted from a street near the campus early Saturday morning,... More »

Cops: Missouri Man Held Teen Captive for Weeks

He faces rape, child porn charges in Nov. 8 kidnapping

(Newser) - A Missouri man held a 15-year-old captive in his home for weeks, forced her to have sex with him, and filmed at least one encounter, according to police. Authorities say a fake Facebook page led them to a home in Marthasville, 60 miles west of St. Louis, on Tuesday, where... More »

Cops Nab Man Who Tried to Execute Good Samaritan

Euric Cain, 21, is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping

(Newser) - New Orleans police say they've arrested a man accused of shooting a medical student who stopped an apparent kidnapping. A police spokesman says in a brief news release that police and federal marshals arrested 21-year-old Euric Cain of New Orleans at a house late Monday morning. He was wanted... More »

Man Tries to Shoot Good Samaritan in Head; Gun Jams

21-year-old suspect sought after attempted execution

(Newser) - A medical student in New Orleans is incredibly lucky to be alive after being shot in the stomach while foiling an attempted kidnapping Friday morning, police say. In footage obtained by the New Orleans Police Department, a suspect identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain can be seen shooting Peter Gold in... More »

'Dungeon Woman' Learns Her Fate

Linda Weston is sentenced in Philadelphia courtroom

(Newser) - A woman who kept mentally disabled adults captive in the basement of a Philadelphia home and in other states for their disability checks was sentenced Thursday to life in prison. Linda Weston, 55, apologized during the hearing, saying, "I believe in God and God knows what happened." US... More »

How an Epic Twitter Tale Mixed Scary Truth With Fiction

The 'Washington Post' takes a deep look at Zola the stripper's incredible story

(Newser) - Since a 19-year-old Detroit stripper named Aziah King (aka Zola) tweeted out a story of epic proportions on Oct. 27, she captivated millions of online readers, including studios, producers, and even Missy Elliott, who wrote : "That Zola story wild. Ended up reading the whole thing like I was watching... More »

Missing Teen May Have Asked Reddit for Help

The person who posted wanted to keep father out of trouble

(Newser) - What do you do when you find out you were kidnapped as a child and your life has been a lie? That question was posed to Reddit users—more than a month before the case of Julian Hernandez surfaced—by a poster who appears to have been the 18-year-old himself,... More »

Teen Finds Himself on Missing Kids Database

He was kidnapped in Alabama 13 years ago

(Newser) - Julian Hernandez was missing for 13 years and he didn't know it. Authorities say the 18-year-old was kidnapped by his father in 2002 and taken from Alabama to Cleveland, where they lived under fake names, KENS 5 reports. Hernandez only discovered the truth this fall when he started applying... More »

Guy Hears Amber Alert About Car in Front of Him

Girl is safe thanks to observant Ohio man

(Newser) - Ohio man Steve Adams heard a nationwide Amber Alert for a missing child on the radio Thursday morning, and he didn't have to stay on the lookout for long: He soon realized he was driving right behind the wanted car and called 911, reports WTOL . Police in Morrow County... More »

School Aide Thwarts Alleged Abduction En Route to Work

'It was kind of like a superwoman power thing. I can't believe it did that!'

(Newser) - Sandra Ferguson, a teacher's aide at Sutter Elementary School in Antioch, Calif., recognized a student at the school sitting in the front seat of a car while Ferguson was on her way to work Friday. Not recognizing the man, and noticing the 11-year-old girl looked frightened, Ferguson stopped and... More »

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 »

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