Ransom kidnappings

Here’s a list of people who were kidnapped for ransom. That is, a ransom demand was made, and the authorities are pretty sure it wasn’t some opportunist trying to cash in on someone else’s crime, and/or someone was actually charged with ransom kidnapping and/or there’s considerable other evidence that it was a ransom.

There actually aren’t that many of these, and notice that two are actually from outside the United States — Colombia and Mexico. Ransom kidnappings in the US are quite rare nowadays, but I believe they’re endemic in Latin America.

Giannina Maria Colonna Aponte and her brother John Colonna Aponte
Margret C. Dodd
Sherry Melissa Eyerly
Daniel Jess Goldman
Clark Toshiro Handa
Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin
Ruben Humberto Herrera
Carrie Smith Lawson
Kim Sue Leggett
Vivian Paola Montanez Castellanos
Javier Pimentel
Martin Pogosian
Cary Daniel Sayegh
Joshua Keshaba Sierra Garcia
Elias Sorokin
Ernest L. Vereen
Robert Arthur Wiles

Two honorable mentions:
David Ronnal Provost: his grandma got two calls which might have been ransom calls, but the callers spoke in Spanish and she couldn’t understand.
Georgia Jean Weckler: a known kidnap/murderer confessed that he abducted her for ransom and she died accidentally, but he recanted and was never charged. The man’s been dead for 25 years. I personally think his statement is credible; at least, he seems like a more likely suspect than any of the others mentioned in the casefile.

17 thoughts on “Ransom kidnappings

  1. diamond414x June 17, 2013 / 5:44 pm

    Scum like Sennett, as well as so many other violent offenders is the reason why rapists & murderers do NOT deserve second chances. Giving them the slightest chance to ever harm another victim is absolutely ridiculous.

    • Meaghan June 19, 2013 / 9:02 am

      I read an interesting book called “Among Murderers: Life After Prison” about three guys who were released from prison after spending decades behind bars for murder. The author, an anthropologist I think, didn’t mince words about their crimes. One had not personally killed anyone; he’d participated in an armed robbery where one of his accomplices killed two people, and they got him on the felony murder thing. One shot a stranger in an argument. Another strangled a friend. By the time they got out they were different people entirely, no longer dangerous, and they’d been locked up for so long that they really didn’t know what to do with themselves.

      The chance of a murderer repeating their crime is only about 1%, which is significantly less than the recidivism rate for ANY other offense. But because murder is the most serious of all crimes, no one wants anything to do with those people.

  2. Leah June 17, 2013 / 8:22 pm

    Are we to email you or can we comment here when people are recovered but I don’t see it on the site and the file is still up? I say this because Cathy DeBono was found last week at the bottom of Monksville Lake in West Milford, NJ, still in the car she went missing with. It was big news here.

  3. diamond414x June 17, 2013 / 8:40 pm

    In addition to Leah’s story of Cathy DeBono’s recovery, there are 2 other significant missing persons stories in the news today. The little female headless murder victim located in the basement of an abandoned St. Louis, MO apartment complex in 1983 was found today. After exhuming 3 other wrong deceadents over the years, they finally located her today after 30 years. And maybe even Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa under a concrete slab in the middle of an Oakland Township, Detroit field. They were still digging for him as of 7 pm tonight. And Meaghan, have you thought of writing up a case for John Favara, the neighbor of John Gotti who accidently killed Gotti’s son in a car accident in 1980? Favara was threatened numerous times by the Gotti family after the accident, then mysteriously disappeared months later. The FBI believes one of Gott’s hit men placed him in a barrel of acid & dropped him in the ocean.

    St. Louis Doe
    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/slain-girl-s-remains-found-as-part-of–year/article_266e23ef-c09e-5d36-bdd4-db7090e4f461.html

    Jimmy Hoffa
    Streaming live # http://www.wxyz.com/subindex/news/news_livestream2

    Story at this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/17/jimmy-hoffa-search-body-fbi-disappearance_n_3453867.html

    • Justin June 18, 2013 / 3:52 pm

      diamond414x: Do you know where a photograph of John Favara is? I looked for one several years back when I was thinking about submitting his profile to the Doe Network and couldn’t find one.

      • diamond414x June 18, 2013 / 6:42 pm

        I’m sorry, Justin, but I haven’t been able to find a photo of John Favara either. Shantae, we had a serial killer in Baltimore in the mid 90’s do exactly what you described above; incorporated human flesh into food which he sold from his pit beef stand. He was acquitted of the axe murders of 2 homeless men, which he openly bragged about, and was once on MD’s death row, but the conviction was later overturned. Why anyone would ever seek to spare his life I’ll never understand, cuz he is simply pure EVIL. His name is Joe Metheny, the murders occured less than 2 miles from me & Kim Spicer was a friend of a friend of mine. Its sickening what he did to his victims & even sicker that MD taxpayers are paying for his upkeep in prison.

        http://murderpedia.org/male.M/m/metheny-joe.htm

  4. Princess Shantae June 18, 2013 / 8:38 am

    I always felt bad about the headless Jane Doe with the painted fingernails. It isn’t right that she was killed, and its even more wrong that nobody seems to of cared about her enough to report her missing or hear about the body being found and wondering…
    As for Jimmy Hoffa, well, good luck finding him. There’s like a line of mobsters all trying to take credit for rubbing him out and claiming they know where he is now. Under somebody’s farm, in the piillars at Giants Stadium, dumped in the ocean, mixed into the highway, fed to the pigs and made into sausage to be sold to unsuspecting Detroiters…

    • Kat June 18, 2013 / 11:39 am

      I always feel for that couple found in OK, maybe brother and sister, maybe not. ANd also for that girl in TX thrown out of the car. Both from “good” families and should be an easy case, esp. with the publicity, and it isn’t.

  5. briana June 18, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    can you please add Natalee Holloway to Charley project.

    • Kat June 18, 2013 / 5:48 pm

      She’s on here. And has been.

      • briana June 18, 2013 / 7:04 pm

        Kat, shes not on charley project I checked

    • Meaghan June 19, 2013 / 7:35 am

      I have an unofficial moratorium on American citizens who disappeared abroad — I used to profile them, but I sort of don’t anymore. I’ve got so many cases waiting to be posted, and it’s not like Natalee is in dire need of additional publicity. I’m not saying I’d never profile her, just that she’s not a priority right now.

  6. cris June 19, 2013 / 12:31 am

    ^NO ur wrong.

    • eric June 19, 2013 / 6:43 am

      Well Natalee Holloway is an AMERICAN CITIZEN which fits the criteria emma l, If you did read it? As well as the fact United States want to charge Natalee’s killer.

  7. Amy June 19, 2013 / 12:54 am

    I have been trying to find a photo of John Favara for a while- and I thought I had. Let me check.

    Also, Meaghan I thought about another ransom case- Cynthia Coon. I remember her family got calls about a ransom.

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