There are plenty of things to worry about while traveling, without adding being brutally murdered into the mix. But it happens more often than you’d think, even in places that seem like paradise. Read on for terrible tales of vacations gone nightmarishly wrong.
In May 1980, Taiwan-born, Minnesota-raised Ming Sen Shiue acted on a sick fantasy he’d been having for 15 years, kidnapping and sexually assaulting his former high-school math teacher, Mary Stauffer. The crime would have been nightmarish enough with just those facts ... but it was worse.
On March 10, 1928, 9-year-old Walter Collins disappeared from his home in Los Angeles, California. His believed abduction triggered a massive manhunt—yet police were unable to find the boy. That is, until a mysterious child appeared five months later in DeKalb, Illinois, claiming to be Walter.
Being held for ransom sounds terrifying and grim — especially in this day and age, when terrorist groups often kidnap people to achieve political goals. But once upon a time, most kidnappers simply wanted to get rich. Stupidly, bizarrely rich. Here are the 6 craziest and most overcomplicated kidnap schemes.
In this slightly uncomfortable video captured by Earth Touch, watch a female fur seal give birth near Capetown, South Africa. And then watch another female kidnap the infant pup before it's even left the birth canal. Fair warning: the video is fascinating but not for the squeamish.
Yevgeny Kaspersky, head of mega-antivirus firm Kaspersky Labs, probably has a lot of enemies in Russia—a country where cybercrime rakes in the rubles. So it's not entirely surprisingly that Yevgeny's son has been kidnapped and held for ransom.
A man recently kidnapped his employee—who happens to be his son-in-law—because he thought the guy stole $245 worth of rings. He assaulted the younger man before finally setting him free in exchange for a neighbor's Xbox 360.
In an effort to prevent criminals from using prepaid cellphones to extort money and negotiate kidnapping ransoms, Mexico is requiring that all mobile phone companies build up a database on their clients.
This honestly sounds more like the plot of a Cheech and Chong movie than a news story, but apparently it's true. In China, a kid named Yang was so upset that his parents wouldn't buy him a Wii that he got together with a couple shifty individuals and faked his own kidnapping. They then demand a ransom of about $1,400…