kidnap kidnap  /ˈkɪd ˌnæp/


  • (v) take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom


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  1. PTI's list of the most notorious crimes of the past century, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Lindbergh kidnapping.
  2. On June 17, 1932, Congress passed the Lindbergh Law making kidnapping across state lines a Federal felony.
  3. Suspicion over Tuesday's kidnapping immediately fell on the Shi'ite militias who have waged a massive campaign of sectarian kidnapping and murder.


  1. Bath man charged with kidnapping and assault

    Authorities in Steuben County arrested a man after they said he attacked a woman and tried to kidnap her.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: YNN Syracuse

  2. Kidnap suspect pleads not guilty

    CLEVELAND - A man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade pleaded not guilty Wednesday to hundreds of rape and kidnapping charges, and the defense hinted at avoiding a trial with a plea deal if the death penalty were ruled out.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  3. Cleveland kidnap case: Will the 3 women have to testify to ordeal?

    Ariel Castro, facing 329 criminal counts in connection with the kidnap and abuse of three Cleveland women, is back in court Wednesday. If he contests the charges, the women will need to testify, no matter how difficult that challenge.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Christian Science Monitor


  1. Saying she wants to be regarded as a journalist, not a hostage, Carroll said she would not engage in polemics against her kidnappers, "but let me be clear: I abhor all who kidnap and murder civilians, and my captors are clearly guilty of both...
    on Apr 2, 2006 By: Jill Carroll Source: CNN International

  2. "The Palestinian people showed their repugnance at Alan's kidnap. Palestinian President (Mahmoud) Abbas strongly condemned Alan's kidnapping and demanded that it be brought to an end. (Hamas leader) Ismail Haniyeh and Hamas spokesmen denounced the...
    on Jul 4, 2007 By: David Miliband Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "The best way to keep us out of town is to handle hate crimes the right way here in town," Sharpton said. "But as long as you rape and kidnap and call our daughters 'nigger,' you can get used to us being here."
    on Dec 18, 2007 By: Al Sharpton Source: Beckley Register-Herald (registration)

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