\x34Historically Yours\x34 by Liz Davis is a blog about American historical trivia--anything American since 1492.
July 1, 1874
First kidnapping in US for money
Walter and Charley Ross, 6 and 4 respectively, were kidnapped on July 1, 1874. Walter was released, but a $20,000 ransom was asked for Charley. Mr. Ross attempted to deliver the money, but he never made contact with the kidnappers. Charley was never seen again.