Kidnapping is one of the worst crimes practiced today. It may be for ransom or for some personal cause. The captor urges to harm the person kidnapped, or the captive to get benefit of it.
Kidnappings and the abductions have been constantly increasing by the years. The most popular kidnappings include celebrities, politicians, journalists, businessmen or women who are imprisoned due to being or belonging to rich or famous people.
Though the list is endless, yet have a look at top 10 worst kidnappings ever.
10. Adolph Coors III
Adolph Coors III was kidnapped and murdered in 1960. He was grandson of Adolph Coors and was also the heir to the Coors beer empire.
9. Lesley Whittle
Lesley Whittle was abducted from her home in Highley, Shropshire and was also murdered only at the age of 17. She became main headlines of the time and her murder investigation was done by no less than 250 police officers.
8. Aldo Moro
The 39th Prime Minister of ItalyAldo Moro was captured by the left-wing Red Brigades in 1978. He was killed after 55 days of his abduction.
7. Lee Kim Lai
Lee Kim Lai was abducted and murdered in 1978. He was a police officer performing duty at the Police Reserve Unit 1 base of the Singapore Police Force.
6. Mordechai Vanunu
Mordechai Vanunu is a former Israeli nuclear technician. He exposed the details of Israel’s nuclear weapons program to the British press for which he was kidnapped by Israeli intelligence agents. He spent 18 years in prison. He was freed in 2004.
5. Gerrit Jan Heijn
Gerrit Jan Heijn, a Dutch businessman and the top manager of Ahold was enticed near his villa in Bloemendaal, Netherlands by Ferdi Elsas in 1987. He was murdered after few hours of his kidnapping.
4. Prince Pedro
Thiago of Orléans-Braganza Prince Pedro Thiago of Orléans-Braganza who is current Prince Imperial of Brazil was kidnapped at the age of 13 years old for a ransom of $5,000,000. He was freed after few days. He had been awarded the Order of the Rose and the Grand Cross of the Order of Pedro I.
3. Leszli Kálli
Colombian-born author Leszli Kálli was boarding a plane in Colombia that was hijacked by a leftist guerrilla group. She with her father and the other passengers was held in hostage for 373 days.
She documented her thoughts in a book, Kidnapped: A Diary of My 373 days in Captivity published in February, 2007.
2. Colleen Stan
The kidnapping of an American woman Colleen Stan seems so worst because she was kept as a sex slave for more than seven years. Her kidnapping is documented in a book. She was also the inspiration for an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
1. Íngrid Betancourt
Ingrid Betancourt Pulecio is a Colombian politician, anti-corruption activist and a former senator who was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on 23 February 2002 while she was campaigning for the Colombian presidency.
Betancourt was rescued by Colombian security forces after six and a half years on 2 July 2008.