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Hostage Business

Sara Miran, a Kurdish American real estate developer, was kidnapped while she was working in Iraq in 2014. She was held hostage by an Iranian-backed militia and eventually escaped with the help of a metal spoon. Miran’s harrowing story had been buried among secret Iranian documents, which were then leaked to The Intercept. On a […]

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A Radical Grief

In 1985, Cliff and Wilma Derksen’s daughter Candace was abducted and left to die in Winnipeg’s severe cold. While they did not yet know the killer’s identity, they made a decision to forgive — and to save themselves and the good left in their lives. Now, 32 years later, the suspect in the case awaits […]

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How Patty Hearst Went From Kidnapping Victim to Armed Guerrilla

On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst was kidnapped from her Berkeley, CA apartment by members of an urban guerrilla group called the Symbionese Liberation Army. Two months after she was abducted Hearst— the granddaughter of the real life “Citizen Kane,” publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst—had joined the SLA, adopted the the name “Tania” as her […]