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in law, the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause him to be detained against his will. Kidnapping may be done for ransomransom,
price of redemption demanded by the captor of a person, vessel, or city. In ancient times cities frequently paid ransom to prevent their plundering by captors. The custom of ransoming was formerly sanctioned by law.
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 or for political or other purposes. A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child. Consent of a kidnapped person is a defense, unless given by one legally incompetent at the time (e.g., a minor or a mentally ill person). The crime differs from abduction, in that the intent of sexual intercourse is not required, and from false imprisonment, in which there is no attempt to abduct.

Under common law kidnapping was only a misdemeanormisdemeanor,
in law, a minor crime, in contrast to a felony. At common law a misdemeanor was a crime other than treason or a felony. Although it might be a grave offense, it did not affect the feudal bond or take away the offender's property. By the 19th cent.
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, but in most states of the United States it is now punishable by death or life imprisonment if there are no extenuating circumstances. The kidnapping and murder of the son of Charles A. LindberghLindbergh, Charles Augustus,
1902–74, American aviator who made the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight, b. Detroit; son of Charles A. Lindbergh (1859–1924). He left the Univ. of Wisconsin (1922) to study flying.
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 in 1932 led to a federal statute prescribing severe penalties for transporting the victims of kidnapping across state or national boundaries. The practice of kidnapping, in the wider and not strictly legal sense, has been known since the beginnings of history. It was common as a method for procuring slaves, and it has also been employed by brigands and revolutionaries to obtain money through ransom or to hold hostages whose safe release was dependent on the freeing of political prisoners.


The main theme in abduction dreams is fear. The dreamer may be afraid of losing a very important part of himself or of losing his safest and most familiar surroundings. Also, the dreamer may be afraid of leaving his home, childhood, familiar support group, or long-standing ideas. These types of dreams may be most prevalent during times of psychological or physical transition and during stressful times of life when the future is somewhat uncertain. Consider the details of your dream and try to isolate and identify the fear that created the dream.
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To protect her privacy, a judge ordered that her adopted name and the name of her kidnapper not be used by the media.
The police and the public believe we helped the kidnappers.
The kidnappers demanded that staff meet them at Rosie O'Grady's in Redcar, where the kidnappers would be wearing white flowers.
The kidnappers told him that they would be checking into the backgrounds of the hostages to see if they really were peace activists.
The Pakistan-based news agency said that a caller identifying himself as Taimur claimed that the kidnappers of Clementina Cantoni, 32, are not common criminals as earlier reported but members of a ''reformist group'' seeking the establishment of Islamic order in Afghanistan.
As the kidnapper chased her, shouting in Spanish, Sarah ran to the park restroom and locked the door.
The kidnappers forcibly took Gao to the Chinese Embassy and his official residence in Guinea-Bissau and took cash and other valuables, Chinese officials said.
According to other police sources, the kidnapper spoke to Nagahara only a few times before releasing him after 22 hours of confinement.
MULTAN -- Locals thrashed two alleged kidnappers after catching them red-handed from different localities here on Thursday.
Right, kidnapping victim Jacqueline Marris speaks Friday about her ordeal during Thursday's manhunt for the kidnapper.
The boy was safely recovered when the wounded kidnapper fell slowing the motorbike down near a checkpoint.
The girls' kidnapper was identified as Roy Ratliff, 37, an ex-convict from Rosamond, wanted since October on warrant accusing him of sexually assaulting and threatening a female relative.