It’s a parent’s greatest fear, magnified for most Americans in 1979 when six-year-old Etan Patz vanished on his way to kindergarten, and recently exacerbated by the brutal abduction and murder of Colorado schoolgirl Jessica Ridgeway in October 2012.
A child being permanently snatched by a stranger, or even assaulted and killed by them, is the worst case scenario imaginable, and, ever since the Patz boy’s mysterious disappearance, the kind that everybody is on guard for now. An abduction of this extreme nature is formally classified as a “Stereotypical” kidnapping, but, despite the collective terror about it happening all the time, it’s also the most uncommon. In fact, only about 100 to 120 kids per year go missing under such awful circumstances.
A comfort to know in an era that feels at times so utterly lawless, and figures which should offer worried families some peace of mind, but, unfortunately, this is as far as the good news goes regarding child abductions.
On November 16, 1957, serial killer Edward Gein murders his last victim, Bernice Worden of Plainfield, Wisconsin. His grave robbing, necrophilia, and cannibalism gained national attention, and may have provided inspiration for the characters of Norman Bates in Psycho and serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs.
On November 15, 1959, four members of the Clutter family were bound, gagged, and shot to death in their isolated farm home in Holcomb, Kansas. On the morning after the murders, the bodies of four members of the Clutter family: Herbert, his wife Bonnie Jean, daughter Nancy, and son Kenyan, were discovered by a friend of Nancy's after efforts to rouse them for church had failed.
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