ITALY: The Gang That Couldn't Kidnap Straight

About the only growth industry in Italy these days is kidnaping. So far this year there have been 42 cases (compared with only nine in 1970). Since ransom demands often run more than $1 million, rich Italians are now looking nervously over their shoulders for the dread rapitori. Like any other booming industry, however, kidnaping has brought in a number of inefficient entrepreneurs, who, if they continue at their present stumbling pace, are likely to queer the whole business.

The best—or worst—example is a gang that last week snatched, for a few...

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