Category Archives: Kidnappings

Alexander Kutepov – 1930

Agents of Ogpu kidnapped Kutepov in Paris THE CRIME: Alexander Kutepov was born on 16 September 1882 and, as a young officer, fought in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 where he was wounded and won a medal. During the Great October Socialist Revolution he joined the Whites to fight against the Bolsheviks. He became the… Read More »

Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka – 1987-1992

As she prepared for her wedding, she also prepared for him to rape her sister. THE CRIME: Karla Leanne Homolka was born in Port Credit, Ontario, Canada on 4 May 1970, the eldest of three girls. Blonde and beautiful, on 17 October 1987 she met Paul Bernardo, a handsome, sophisticated professional accountant with money. Within… Read More »

William Hickman – 1927

“Please Daddy, I want to come home this morning” THE CRIME: William Edward Hickman, the first ransom kidnapper in the United States to be executed, needed $1,500 to pay tuition fees at a school of divinity. He decided that kidnapping could raise the funds. He went to Mount Vernon Junior High School and told the… Read More »

Cynthia Ann Parker – 1836

“Me Cincee Ann” THE CRIME: Cynthia Ann Parker had the unusual distinction in life of being kidnapped twice. Born in about 1825 in Crawford County, Illinois, Cynthia and her large family settled in east Texas in the 1830s and built Fort Parker on the headwaters of the Navasota River in Limestone County. On the morning… Read More »

Charley Ross – 1874

“I don’t expect to find Charley” THE CRIME: Charley Ross, aged four, was the first American to be kidnapped for ransom. On 1 July 1874 Charley and his six-year-old brother, Walter, were playing outside their home when they were enticed into a horse-drawn carriage with the promise of firecrackers by two men. At 6pm their… Read More »