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Kidnappers Find Out It's Unwise to Mess With Sharpshooter

The woman in India took up shooting after having kids

(Newser) - Two kidnappers in India grabbed a 21-year-old Delhi University student who was driving a taxi—and inadvertently messed with the wrong woman, reports . "I just took my gun and shot them," says Ayisha Falaq, 32, the man's sister-in-law and a competitive sharpshooter. "I shot... 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 »

Kidnappers Demand $10K Ransom for 14-Year-Old Girl

Ayvani Hope Perez was taken from Georgia home yesterday

(Newser) - The family of an abducted 14-year-old Georgia girl has received a ransom demand from her kidnappers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Ayvani Hope Perez's family is trying to raise the $10,000 demanded by the two men who originally broke into their home early yesterday looking for jewelry and money.... More »

Girl's Alleged Kidnapper Captured in Mexican Rehab

Tobias Summers charged in abduction, rape of Northridge 10-year-old

(Newser) - Authorities have captured a fugitive they believe kidnapped and raped a 10-year-old California girl who vanished from her bedroom in March and was found in a parking lot 10 hours later, bruised, barefoot, and disoriented, the FBI announced today; cops had called it an "unspeakably traumatic attack." Tobias... More »

Kidnapper Sues His Former Hostages

He says they broke deal to hide him from police

(Newser) - Some lucky judge in Kansas gets this one: A convicted kidnapper is suing the couple he held hostage because he says they broke an "oral contract" to hide him from police in exchange for money, reports the Topeka Capital-Journal . Instead, they snuck out of the house when he fell... More »

Kenyan Troops Invade Somalia

Official says they're targeting suspected kidnappers al-Shabab

(Newser) - Kenyan troops crossed the border into Somalia yesterday in an attempt to crack down on militants suspected in a rash of kidnappings, residents say. A Kenyan official confirms to the BBC the country’s troops are targeting al-Shabab, the Somalia group suspected of crossing the border and seizing four Europeans... More »

Elizabeth Smart Not All That Damaged: Defense

Kidnapper's attorney argues to prevent Brian David Mitchell from getting life sentence

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper shouldn’t get a life sentence, his attorney argued yesterday, because Smart isn’t all that psychologically damaged. “In a legal sense, the story is not the extreme psychological injury. The story is her overcoming the extreme conduct of my client,” said Robert Steele... More »

Garridos Confess to Kidnapping Jaycee Dugard

Lawyer hopes Nancy will avoid life sentence

(Newser) - Phillip and Nancy Garrido have confessed to kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard and holding her for 18 years, Nancy's defense attorney says. The confession was made in an effort to reduce Nancy's sentence, the Los Angeles Times reports: Authorities have offered her a plea deal of nearly 242 years to life,... More »

Missing Va. Girl, Alleged Kidnapper Found in Calif.

Jeff Easley suspected in death of girl's mother

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Virginia girl missing for a week has been found on the opposite coast after authorities spotted Brittany Mae Smith in a San Francisco retail store with the man suspected of murdering her mother. "She is well and she is in good hands at this time," says... More »

Father of 3 Missing Boys Is Arrested

Police don't think they'll be found alive

(Newser) - The father of three Michigan boys who've been missing since Thanksgiving has been arrested for parental kidnapping, CNN reports. John Skelton—who had been in the midst of a custody fight over his sons, ages 5, 7, and 9—is now in jail after being discharged from a hospital over... More »

Elizabeth Smart Takes the Stand Against Alleged Kidnapper

She recalls 'begging' him not to rape her

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart took the stand today against the man accused of kidnapping and raping her, recounting in a calm voice how Brian David Mitchell allegedly woke her up on the morning of June 5, 2002, with a knife to her throat. He said, “Come with me or I will... More »

Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping Trial Begins Today

Smart will testify against Brian David Mitchell

(Newser) - More than seven years after she was found, Elizabeth Smart is preparing to take the stand against the man accused of kidnapping her. Brian David Mitchell’s trial begins today in Salt Lake City, and Smart will fly back from her Mormon mission in Paris this weekend for it. After... More »

Facebook Murderer Gets Life

Rapist used fake profile, posed as 'dad' to lure teen

(Newser) - A repeat sex offender was sentenced to life in prison today for killing a teenage girl he'd lured into a meeting using Facebook. Peter Chapman created a fake profile, complete with a photo of an attractive, bare-chested boy, to gain the attention of 17-year-old Ashleigh Hall. The homeless 33-year-old tricked... More »

Porn Director Making Jaycee Dugard Film

Rep slams Shane Ryan's plan to focus on Jaycee and Phillip Garrido

(Newser) - Worst idea of the day (year?) so far: A horror-porn director plans to make a film about kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard and her relationship with accused abductor—and rapist—Phillip Garrido. A spokesperson for Dugard called the idea “exploitive, hurtful, and breathtakingly unkind” after filmmaker Shane Ryan told a... More »

Garrido Apologizes, Says 'Sexual Problem' Cured

Accused kidnapper 'a changed man': lawyer

(Newser) - Phillip Garrido, Jaycee Dugard’s accused kidnapper, says he “would like to apologize to every human being for what has taken place.” In a letter—his third sent to KCRA from prison—Garrido adds that, “through the spirit of Christ,” a “sexual problem believed to... More »

Extortion Try Just Latest Weirdness in Dave's Life

Letterman's extortion plot follows earlier stalkers, would-be kidnapper

(Newser) - David Letterman’s extortion drama is just the latest in a long line of bizarre happenings. A look back:
  • 1993: Margaret Ray, who stole Letterman’s Porsche in the 1980s and called herself “Mrs. David Letterman,” broke into his home at least seven times and was arrested in
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Elizabeth Smart to Testify on Sanity of Her Kidnapper

Will detail his behavior during 9-month captivity

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart is ready to testify against the homeless street preacher who abducted her at knifepoint seven years ago. At a hearing Thursday to determine if Brian David Mitchell is fit to stand trial, Smart will tell the court how he acted over her nine-month captivity. The prosecutor thinks she’... More »

Maddy in 'Secret Lair' Like Jaycee: Detective

'She will emerge,' investigator believes

(Newser) - A detective hunting for snatched British toddler Madeleine McCann believes she could be in a secret lair like the place kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard was held for 18 years in California, reports the Independent. “Maddy is most likely being held captive, possibly in an underground cellar, and could emerge... More »

Garrido May Have Fathered, Slain Sons

Jaycee kidnapper would have seen boys as threat, experts say

(Newser) - Cops investigating Jaycee Lee Dugard's case think alleged kidnapper Phillip Garrido may have killed any male children he had with her, they tell the Sun. Though Dugard bore Garrido two daughters, "It doesn't make sense that a healthy young girl not on birth control only conceived twice in that... More »

Grandma: Jaycee Feels Guilty About Her Kidnapping

(Newser) - Kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard feels guilty about being snatched off the streets as a child and held captive for 18 years, her mother has told Jaycee's grandmother. She "feels guilty that she was kidnapped and for not having called her mom or dad or anyone—even though she was... More »

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