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Parental Kidnapping in History: A Study of Notable Cases

What is Parental Kidnapping?

Parental kidnapping is a serious crime that occurs when a parent intentionally takes their child or children away from the custodial parent, often without the knowledge or consent of the other parent or a court order. This act can have severe emotional, psychological, and legal consequences for both the child and the parents involved.

Famous Cases of Parental Kidnapping

1. The Lindbergh Kidnapping: One of the most famous cases of parental kidnapping is the Lindbergh kidnapping, which occurred in 1932. Charles Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was abducted from their home in New Jersey. The case attracted nationwide attention and ultimately ended in tragedy, with the discovery of the baby's body.

2. The Elizabeth Smart Case: Elizabeth Smart was a 14-year-old girl who was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002. She was held captive for nine months by Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Her remarkable rescue and subsequent trial received significant media coverage and shed light on the issue of parental kidnapping.

3. The Shawn Hornbeck Case: Shawn Hornbeck was 11 years old when he was kidnapped by Michael Devlin in 2007. Devlin held Hornbeck captive for more than four years in Missouri. The case attracted national attention and renewed efforts to raise awareness about parental kidnapping.