The mastermind behind the Chowchilla kidnappings, Frederick Woods (above), 67, is due to appear before a parole board on Tuesday morning The mastermind behind the Chowchilla kidnappings, Frederick Woods, is due to appear before a parole board on Tuesday morning, more than four decades after he abducted 26 school children and their bus driver before burying them alive in a California quarry. Woods, now 67, was one of three Bay Area defendants in the case, which went on to become one of the most notorious and bizarre mass kidnappings in US history. His co-defendants, brothers Richard and James Schoenfeld, were paroled in 2012 and 2015 respectively, but Woods has been denied supervised release 18 times - most recently in November - with the panel citing him to be a troublesome inmate. Woods’ next parole hearing had been schedule for November 2021, however in April US District Judge Claudia Wilken ordered a new hearing within six months because of an undisclosed conflict of interest … [Read more...] about Chowchilla kidnapping mastermind, 67, is up for parole – four decades after he abducted 26 children on a school bus and buried them alive in ransom plot inspired by Dirty Harry movie
Survivors of the Chowchilla kidnappings, where 26 school children were abducted along with their bus driver and buried alive in an underground prison, have revisited the terror of that fateful summer’s day, more than four decades on. On July 15, 1976, a group of 26 children attending summer classes at Dairyland Elementary School were returning from a trip to a local swimming pool when their bus, driven by Frank Edward Ray, was blocked on the road by three armed men and a white van at 4:00pm. Inspired by the iconic 1971 Clint Eastwood film Dirty Harry, the mastermind behind the plot, Frederick Woods, then 24, boarded the bus with pantyhose pulled over his head and a gun drawn, ready to pull off what remains one of the largest mass kidnappings in US history. Dressed in identical attire and wielding sawed-off shotguns, brothers Richard and James Schoenfeld, followed close behind, ordering Ray to ‘Shut up and get to the back’ of the bus. ‘Where their eyes were, it … [Read more...] about ‘I felt like I was an animal going to the slaughterhouse’: Survivors of Chowchilla kidnappings recount being buried alive in a bus for 16 hours – as it’s revealed the mastermind behind plot ran a gold mine and sold Christmas trees from prison
Two infants were buried some 2,100 years ago wearing "helmets" made from the skulls of other children, archaeologists have discovered. The remains of the two infants were found with nine other burials at a site called Salango, on the coast of central Ecuador. The archaeologists who excavated the burials between 2014 and 2016 recently published the details of their findings in the journal Latin American Antiquity.The team says this is the only known case in which children's skulls were used as helmets for infants being buried. The scientists don't know what killed the infants and children. Related: Bones with Names: Long-Dead Bodies Archaeologists Have IdentifiedPutting the "helmets" onThe helmets were placed tightly over the infants' heads, the archaeologists found. It's likely that the older children's skulls still had flesh on them when they were turned into helmets, because without flesh, the helmets likely would not have held together, the archaeologists noted. One … [Read more...] about 2 Infants Were Buried Wearing Helmets Made from Skulls. And Archaeologists Are Puzzled.
The coffins, strewn with flowers and draped with the flags of different countries, were lined in a row as the mourners came in their thousands. The dead had come from far and wide – from Chile, the country of Juan Carlos Pastenes and his wife Nora Rivera; from France, home to a group of twentysomethings on their way to a music festival; from Albania, which two young Muslim men had left to pursue a better life in Italy; and from Genoa, the grief-stricken city of eight-year-old Samuele Robbiano and his parents. After the service, his small coffin was placed gingerly in a hearse accompanied by a large bunch of yellow flowers and two cuddly toy animals. The port city held a state funeral on Saturday for 19 victims of the collapse last week of the landmark Morandi bridge. At least 42 people are now known to have died in one of the worst tragedies in modern Italian history, the death toll rising on Saturday after the bodies of a couple from Piedmont and their nine-year-old daughter … [Read more...] about Italy’s grief and anger grow as Genoa starts to bury its dead
THE cheerleader who buried her unwanted baby in her garden was slammed by a judge as she walked free from court on Friday. Brooke Skylar Richardson, from Ohio, US, had been accused of smashing her newborn's skull with a rock days after her prom when she was aged 18. But on Thursday, she was cleared of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment – only being found guilty of gross abuse of a corpse. During sentencing, Judge Donald Oda slammed Richardson for poor choices which may have resulted in the stillbirth of the baby, who she named Annabelle. “I believe if you had made different decisions, Annabelle would still be here,” the judge said. “I think that your choices before birth, during birth and after birth show a grotesque disregard for life.”Judge Donald Oda sentenced Richardson, now 20, to seven days in jail for the corpse abuse charge, but she was credited for time already served. She will instead serve three years of probation … [Read more...] about Cheerleader Brooke Skylar Richardson who buried unwanted baby in backyard is slammed by judge as she walks free