Most Famous Child Kidnappings


The Top Ten

1 Kidnapping of Steven Stayner

Kidnapped at age 7 by Kenneth Parnell. held captive for 7 years before escaping - bobbythebrony

2 Kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard

Kidnapped and held captive for 18 years - bobbythebrony

3 Kidnapping of The Lindbergh Baby

Killed by Bruno Hauptmann, later executed via electric chair - bobbythebrony

The murder little Charles Lindburgh Jr. was what made child kidnappings a Capital Crime!

4 Kidnapping of Polly Klaas

Kidnapped and strangled by Richard Allen Davis - bobbythebrony

5 Kidnapping of Adam Walsh

Walsh was murdered by serial killer Ottis Toole - bobbythebrony

6 Kidnapping of Colleen Stan

Escaped from Cameron Hooker - bobbythebrony

7 Kidnapping of Shawn Hornbeck

Kidnapped by Michael Devlin - bobbythebrony

8 Kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart
9 Kidnapping of Jessica Lunsford

Buried alive by John Couey, who died on death row - bobbythebrony

10 Kidnapping of James Bulger

By Robert Thompson & Jon Venables. The sad irony was, they were also children themselves.

The Contenders

11 Kidnapping of Kristen French

By Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka. They also kidnapped & murdered Leslie Mahaffey, & drugged & murdered Karla's sister, Tammy Homolka.

12 Kidnapping of Lynn Harper
13 Kidnapping of Patty Hearst

Kidnapped and held captive by a gang called the "Symbionese Liberation Army" and then succumbed to "Stockholm Syndrome", taking part in robberies, carrying a gun, and making anti-government political statements.

Several co-gang members killed in a bloody shootout with police and the house they were in burned to the ground.

Got off easy from the courts.

14 Kidnapping of Madeleine McCann
15 Kidnapping of April Jones
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