There’s an article about Clark Handa, who was abducted for ransom twenty-five years ago and never seen again. I’m really glad to see the article, as I really didn’t have a lot of information about Clark’s disappearance. His family hadn’t talked to the media before this.
As the article notes, the crime is “bizarre.” Offhand I can’t think of any ransom abductions of children in the United States past 1950 or so, besides Clark’s. It occurs very frequently down in Mexico — in fact, kidnapping is a huge and growing problem there — but almost never in the United States. I have to wonder if the ransom note wasn’t a ruse, a la Jon Benet Ramsey.