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January 6, 2021 41 min

Don’t take candy from strangers! That phrase came into being in 1874 because little Charley Ross, age 4, took candy from two men in a horse-drawn carriage and was never seen again. The kidnapping case of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. took the entire nation by storm in 1932 and became known as the crime of the century leading to the execution of German immigrant, Bruno Richard Hauptman. Here in Episode 12, we take a closer look into these cases as well as three other high profile kidnapping cases.

 Episode Resources


  • The Father’s Story of Charley Ross, The Kidnapped Child by Christian Kunkel Ross
  • Cemetery John: The Undiscovered Mastermind of the Lindbergh Kidnapping by Robert Zorn
  • Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg
  • Frank Sinatra: An American Legend by Nancy Sinatra
  • Kidnapped: The Tragic Life of J. Paul Getty III by Charles Fox
  • American Heiress: The Wild Sage of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin
  • Patty Hearst: Her Own Story by Patricia Campbell Hearst and Alvin Moscow
  •  Film

  • The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976) Made for TV Movie with Anthony Hopkins
  • Stealing Sinatra (2004) with David Arquette and William H. Macy
  • All The Money in the World (2017) with Mark Walberg, Christopher Plummer & Michelle Willimas
  • Trust (2018) FX Series with Harris Dickinson, Donald Sutherland & Hillary Swank
  • Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004) Documentary
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