kidnapper kidnapper  /ˈkɪd ˌnæ pər/


  • (n) someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)



  1. The crisis of conscience was short-lived, but it was significant enough for the kidnapper to recall later in a confession he penned in jail.
  2. Another possibility explored was that a desperate childless couple paid a professional kidnapper to find a child.
  3. No call ever came from a kidnapper.


  1. Pennsylvania 6-year-old escapes potential kidnapper

    PERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an attempted abduction here Saturday night. Police say a 6-year-old boy escaped a potential kidnapper who then fled the area when his More >>
    on June 16, 2013     Source: WFMJ Youngstown

  2. VIDEO: Castro Brothers at Jail After Women Escape

    CLEVELAND– New video was released Thursday showing alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro being booked into the city jail shortly after his...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: FOX 8 Cleveland

  3. A look at key events in the kidnapping and rescue of three …

    Accused Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro pleads not guilty to more than 300 charges of rape, kidnapping and murder.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WJXT Jacksonville


  1. The writer, Stefano Esposito, began on a breathless note: "The middle-aged woman is blindfolded and handcuffed. Her kidnapper has already raped her, choked her and threatened to kill her if she struggles. Then Alan Donald Wyman removes the steel...
    on Jun 17, 2010 By: Stefano Source: Chicago Reader

  2. "The decision by the Douglas administration to release convicted kidnapper and sex offender Michael Jacques from probation seven years early and to leave him without supervision has raised serious questions about whether the Department of...
    on Jul 15, 2008 By: Gaye Symington Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  3. "On the way," reporter Paul Watson writes, "we managed to avoid a Taliban ambush, a potential kidnapper or highway robber, a suicide bomber and a gunman who fired close enough to take off one of our heads."
    on Dec 31, 2006 By: Paul Watson Source: Slate

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