CRIME: Mercy Kidnapper

Until the Lindbergh case, most famed U. S. kidnapping was that of 4-year-old Charlie Ross who disappeared from his father's Germantown, Pa. home July 1, 1874 and has not appeared since. Last September memories of the original Charlie Ross were ironically revived when an elderly, well-to-do Chicago greeting card manufacturer was kidnapped on his way home from a dinner party, held for a $50,000 ransom which his wife promptly paid. The greeting card manufacturer's name was Charles Ross.

Second Charlie Ross kidnapping was chiefly significant as an interesting coincidence until its solution...

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