National Affairs: Society v. Kidnappers

Spectators in a crowded courtroom in Kansas City stirred expectantly one day last week when a trim young woman clad in a grey dress and a white hat climbed onto the witness stand. She was Mary McElroy, daughter of Kansas City's City Manager. Two months prior she had been abducted for $30,000 ransom (TIME, July

24).

"Who told you to 'shut up or I'll shoot through the bathroom door?' " cried the prosecutor.

"Walter McGee," she replied.

''Who said, 'We're kidnappers. We're going to take you away?' "

"Walter McGee."

"Who ordered you to hurry up...

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