Tommaso Onofri, the Italian baby who was kidnapped a month ago, was found dead on Saturday, after the kidnappers confessed to hitting him in the face with a shovel to stop his crying.
The kidnappers had hoped to demand about $1.2 million in ransom from Tommaso's father who's not a rich person but is in charge of the local post office where many people keep their savings accounts.
There are kidnappings in the States but the cases we hear about usually involve children who are later found sexually abused and murdered. Kidnappings for ransom in the U.S. don't seem to happen as often as they do in Latin America and Italy, both "Meccas of kidnapping"
, which is strange because one would think that in a rich country like the U.S. these kinds of abductions would occur more often. There were a great number of kidnappings in the 1930s but between 1934 and 1974, of the 647 cases of kidnapping in the U.S., all but three had been solved, and over 90 per cent of the kidnappers had been captured. Is this high success rate a factor in deterring kidnappings perhaps?
I read a very moving book about a kidnapping in Italy, Niccolo Ammaniti's I'm not scared.