Kidnapped: True Stories of Twelve Irish Hostages
By: A.J. Davidson (author)Paperback
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Kidnapping is a particularly heartless crime. Not only is the victim held in conditions of physical and psychological stress, his or her family suffer the trauma of knowing that their loved one has been taken by force and that they are powerless to help. A.J. Davidson's Kidnapped is an account of twelve Irish kidnappings of the last thirty years. It starts in 1972 with the family of Noel Curran, held hostage by the Littlejohn brothers who were MI6 agents, leading to Ireland's largest bank robbery. It then tells of Thomas Niedermeyer, a German industrialist in Belfast kidnapped and murdered by the IRA. In the Republic, the case of Dr Tiede Herrema in 1975 was one of the most sensational criminal episodes in the history of the state. Other famous names recalled in Kidnapped are Don Tidey, Jennifer Guinness, Ben Dunne and Brian Keenan. Not to mention Shergar, the 1982 Epsom Derby winner for whom a ransom of IR Punt2m. was demanded. This contrasts with ponies from Fossett's circus for whom ransom demands of Euro200 are par for the course.
A.J. Davidson is a freelance writer based in Malahide, Co. Dublin. This is his first book.
Preface 1. The Curran Family and the Littlejohn Brothers 2. Thomas Niedermayer -- A Double Tragedy 3. Dr Herrema and the Siege at Monasterevin 4. Father Hugh Murphy and Killers in the Ranks 5. Ben Dunne's Kidnap and His Subsequent Fall from Grace 6. Shergar and the Fossett's Ponies 7. The Kirkpatricks, Richard Hill, and a Supergrass Trial 8. Don Tidey and the Murders at Derrada Wood 9. Jennifer Guinness -- Four Houses and a Hostage 10. Brian Keenan's Four-and-a-Half-Years of Captivity 11. The John O'Grady Kidnap and Mutilation 12. Deirdre Crowley and the Murder-Suicide by Her Father Bibliography
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