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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.
http://www.ushistory.org/germantown/upper/charley.htm

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