kidnapping for ransom in the history of the United States

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?Don?t Take Candy from Strangers?

Isn?t Just a Phrase

“Don?t take candy from strangers? is a popular admonition that parents give to children. Many years ago, when the United States of America was not a superpower, the story of two brothers, Charlie Ross and Walter Ross, unfolded.?Collectively, they were soon to be known as the reason why you must not accept candies from strangers.?On July 1, 1874, two little boys were abducted in front of their family’s mansion. It was the first kidnapping for ransom in the history of the United States. And it would be the major event of its kind until the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.

Whether it is the fruity lozenge or chocolates, candies/lollies have always been a favourite treat of children. They are also a perfect item to lure children and remain the wicked minds’ guidebook to abduct them.

Sadly,?Charlie and Walter were the first ones in the history of America who fell into the trap.

Charley Ross (age four) was lured from his Philadelphia home by the strangers offering candy; the boy was never found.? Candy has frequently been used to lure a child into a stranger?s car, so parents also admonish never to take rides with strangers.? In the 1910-1920s, children were admonished not to take candy from strangers for an additional reason?the candy was feared to be poisoned, often with morphine or cocaine to create an addiction.

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