15 Horrifying Kidnap Stories That’ll Keep Us Awake At Night

Posted by Editorial Staff in Geeks and Gaming On 12th March 2017

What would you do if your child was abducted? Any parent will tell you that it would be the most horrific experience they could imagine. Parents get nervous when their small children are out of sight for a few moments. But to know that someone with evil intent has them in their possession would be a form of mental torture we would not wish on our enemies.

To use another human being as a pawn in a game to gather riches to yourself is a level of selfishness few humans possess. Unfortunately, though, people like that do exist and the stories of their nefarious deeds are more than any of us would like to think of. Rape, torture, murder and huge ransoms; all these things can be the results of a kidnapping or abduction. The fiends who desire them are mental defectives of the lowest order, exchanging another person’s suffering for their own pleasure or enrichment. Below are some of these stories, culled from over a century of crimes so heinous that they rarely get talked about. Some were quite famous when they happened, others are little known. In addition, names have been changed in several instances as we have no desire to give more fame to the evil people who committed these acts, nor open old wounds for their victims.

So, from cretins seeking millions of dollars to snobs seeking proof of being superhuman, here are fifteen instances of gruesome kidnappings and their unfortunate and often fatal consequences.


#1 She Spent 41 Days In A Bathroom

When Kendra Wilson left for school on a Friday morning in September of 1998, the weather was pleasant and she was in a good mood. Her dad was going to pick her up that afternoon and they were going to go to a local store to buy her some winter clothes for school. But when 13-year-old Kendra walked out of the school’s side door, she saw her grandmother on her mother’s side sitting in a car across the street, beckoning to Kendra to come over.

Kendra didn’t like her mom’s parents much. She thought they were strange. But she went to the car and her grandmother told her that her father had been in an accident and she should get in right away. Of course, the frightened girl jumped in and they drove off. But her father was actually in front of the school waiting for his daughter. Kendra’s grandmother instead took her to a house Kendra had never seen before and said her dad was inside. The girl ran inside where her grandfather waited. He grabbed her, dragged her to a bathroom and locked the door. The two had cooked up an outlandish scheme to blame Kendra’s father for her disappearance so their daughter could get full custody, even though Kendra didn’t want that. The girl screamed, of course, but no one could hear her. They fed her poorly and made her sleep in the bathtub. She had nothing to do to keep her busy. When she would cry loudly, her grandfather would come in and shake her by her arms until she promised to stop. This went on for over a month. Luckily for the girl, someone told Kendra’s mother–who was not in on the plan–that they saw the grandmother entering and leaving that house. Kendra’s mom went to it, discovered to her horror what her parents were up to, and called the police. Kendra was freed but attended therapy sessions for several years after the event.


#2 Two Years Of Hell

In 1967, two men abducted 16-year-old Michelle Musgrove from her mom’s apartment in Kansas City. She was taken to a house less than three miles from her home and held in a basement which was fixed up like an apartment. Initially, during the day she was treated well, given decent food and allowed to come out of the basement once in a while. But soon, her captors–who were part of an underground religious sect–began keeping her in the basement permanently. Soon, while she tried to sleep at night, they played painfully loud music with strange lyrics that they had written and performed themselves. They were trying to indoctrinate her into their cult by the strange messaging which was recorded within their music. She could barely ever sleep. Michelle lived like this from March 1967 until January 1969. She was finally rescued by police when one of the abductors’ friends broke down and told police where she was. She was permanently affected by the lack of sleep, becoming uncommunicative and spending years in an institution. Her abductors were convicted of kidnapping and torture and sentenced to 12 years each at a Missouri State Penitentiary.

#3 Barbara Mackie

This is everyone’s worst nightmare. In 1968, Barbara Mackie was abducted from a motel in Decatur, Georgia at gunpoint. Her attackers entered her room by pretending to be police and chloroformed her. They drove her to a remote location where they buried her in a fiberglass-reinforced box. It had air vents and an electric light and was not buried very deep, but when she awoke she had no way to know that. Imagine the terror of waking up in what amounts to a lighted coffin.

Barbara’s father was a wealthy real estate magnate and paid a $500,000 ransom to the kidnappers to rescue his daughter. Because of some botched attempts at the ransom drop and recovery, Mackie spent over three days underground. The FBI eventually found the burial site and rescued the girl. She was dehydrated and terrified but otherwise in good condition and suffered no permanent effects. The perpetrators were both arrested and sentenced to jail terms, but released early on parole.

#4 Stolen Away On A Boat

Most kidnapping stories are somewhat similar in that they involve the victim being held somewhere in a confined space, where they are in some way restrained from escaping. Jose Garcia did not have to be restrained because the entirety of his captivity was spent floating off the coast of Florida in June of 2001. Jose was 11 years old when one of his father’s employees abducted him and placed him on a fishing vessel in order to use the boy to blackmail his boss.

It was never ascertained how long the child was captive since his abductor, Juan Maribel Ortega of Miami was discovered and killed himself as police closed in. What is known is that young Jose was on the boat by himself for long periods at a time, as Ortega would use a smaller craft to go ashore and leave the child with barely enough food and water to survive. He was often seasick and the dehydration which he suffered nearly killed him. When he was finally discovered, he was clinging to life in the hold of the ship, amidst large amounts of his own vomit and body wastes.


#5 Jackie Davis-Holmes

Three men grabbed Jackie Davis-Holmes as she was walking to her car in a dark parking lot one night in July of 1979. They shoved her into a car and took off, driving two hundred miles to a rented house in Pulaski, TN. There she was tied with ropes and tape for several weeks, only being released when the men, brothers Jamaar and Cleon Oakes and their friend Russell Thornton, took turns raping her. The 28-year-old girl’s hellish existence was made worse by the malnourishment and dehydration she suffered at the hands of her captors. It’s clear they did not intend for her to survive but a fortunate break brought her torment to an end. The house where she was held was fairly isolated, but a man who lived near it was training his hunting dogs in an adjacent field when one of the dogs ran off. He had to chase it into the backyard of the house where Jackie was held. There he thought he heard a woman scream and some violent commotion in the house. A phone call to police lead to the arrest of the men and ultimately to Jackie’s survival.

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