Meanwhile, the corpse was successfully stolen by a different guy.
The caretaker of the tomb, John Power, was horrified that someone had almost pinched Abe. To make sure this would never happen again, he and some friends carried Lincoln into the tomb's labyrinthine basement and secretly buried him in a shallow, unmarked grave. Over time, the group came to see themselves as the secret protectors of Lincoln's remains, hiding it from other wannabe grave robbers and Weekend At Bernies-ing it to new locations on the grounds whenever necessary. The president's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, eventually decided that enough was enough. In 1901, he arranged for his dad's corpse to be lowered into a 10-foot vault, in a steel cage, encased in tons of concrete.
And that's why we will tragically never get a Zombie Lincoln.
A Woman Escapes Her Captors Via "Reverse Stockholm Syndrome"
In March 23, 2015, masked gunmen broke into the house of Denise Huskins, tied her up, and threw her in the trunk of their car. Her boyfriend was drugged and left on the couch with a note demanding a $15,000 ransom. The police showed up, only to call a cartload of bullshit after Huskins was found alive and free two days later. The police chief was angry enough to call the kidnapping a blatant hoax in front of the media, which attracted protest from Huskins, her boyfriend, and ... uh, the kidnappers?
Thomas A. Johnson Law Firm
"It's called taking pride in your work, y'all."
It seems that Denise Huskins is, like, the coolest. Instead of succumbing to Stockholm syndrome (in which the kidnapped comes to identify with the kidnapper), she almost immediately infected her kidnappers with it instead. In a couple of days, they realized Denise was super-the-best, and decided that they were being total assholes, so they released her without bothering with a ransom. When the kidnappers saw their ex-captive getting harshly railroaded in the media, they chose to take this attitude up a notch. They sent a three-and-a-half-page email to the San Francisco Chronicle, criticizing how the police were treating their victim, even using the term "Reverse Stockholm Syndrome" to explain what had happened. They followed this two days later with a 20-page email that provided details only the kidnappers could have known to prove that they were the real deal, and demanded that the police apologize to Huskins (which they eventually did).
A quote from the email:
We cannot stand to see two good people thrown under the bus by the police and media, when Ms. Victim F and Mr. Victim M should have received only support and sympathy.
Mike Jory / Vallejo Times-Herald
"And high-fives, 'cause she is seriously dope as fuck."
Cool as this was on the criminals part, it wasn't all that smart. Their effort to clear Huskins' name provided the police with enough clues to track them down. Just goes to show that no good deed done immediately after a really bad deed goes unpunished.
Zachary Frey has never kidnapped anyone for ransom because he is too busy writing his other fantastic articles.
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