The Encyclopedia of Kidnappings
Infobase Publishing, 2002 - 385 sider
This encyclopedia explores the sinister criminal activity of kidnapping. More than 900 entries survey kidnappings from Biblical times to the present, detailing notorious kinappers, well-known victims, infamous cases as well as numerous other examples of this crime.
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A professional writer who has published more than 130 books since 1977 (e.g., The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Hunting Humans), Newton explains that kidnapping has existed since the beginning of time, when the early Neanderthal carried off his chosen mate by force or stalked another human for his flesh during lean seasons. Not all kidnappings are as violent, and they are committed for a variety of reasons: profit, politics, religious beliefs, and reclaiming one's own child, as well as unknown causes. This encyclopedia is a collection of over 900 objectively written entries, complemented by 60 photographs. It recounts stories of desperate skyjackings, mass abductions, lost children, failed ransom attempts, and many other fascinating cases. Among the featured stories are the U.S. Embassy hostage situation in Teheran, Iran (1979), the Chowchilla school bus kidnapping (1976), and the JonBenet Ramsey (1996), Patricia Hearst (1974), and Charles Lindbergh Jr. (1932) cases. The book, which would seem to include every major kidnapping, is recommended for specialized collections in criminal justice and all large public libraries. Tim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY ...