KIDNAPPED True Stories of Twelve Irish Hostages

Author: Davidson (A.J.)
Year: 2003
Publisher: Gill & Macmillan (Dublin)
Edition Details: 1st Irish Edn.
Book Condition: NrF
ISBN: 9780717135721
Price: 4.00
Paperback. 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. The book is an account of 12 Irish kidnappings of the previous 30yrs. It starts in 1972 with the family of Noel Curran, held hostage by the Littlejohn brothers. They were MI6 agents, and their abduction of Noel Curran led to Ireland's largest bank robbery. It then tells of Thomas Niedermayer, 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 the book are Don Tidey, Jennifer Guinness, Ben Dunne and Brian Keenan. Not to mention Shergar, the 1982 Epsom Derby winner for whom a ransom of 2m was demanded. This contrasts with circus ponies for whom ransom demands in the low hundreds are par for the course. Finally there is the heartbreaking tale of Chris Crowley and his daughter Deirdre, a story unique in its tragedy and poignancy. It ended in the deaths of both. A book recalling some of the most sensational Irish crimes of the previous generation. Illus. + Bibliog. 210pp. p/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. V. lightly browned edges o/w Nr. F. with no creasing to covers.


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