What to do in case you get kidnapped
  • Think rationally! 

Try to stand balanced and in control, breath calmly, and try not to panic. This will make it easier to think.

Resisting may be dangerous if your kidnapper(s) has a gun. You never know if they are willing to shoot or not, so is it worth the risk? You may want to be cooperative in a situation like this. TIPS: where in the world do you live? Many places in the world kidnap people for ransom, so they will have a motivation to keep you alive. A good sign of this is if they seem calm and coordinated instead of aggressive and worried/clumsy.

However, try to make noise so others around you will hear you, because you will not have the chance if you get placed in a car or a house. Do NOT fight them if they have a gun/knife, just run if you have the chance. A bullet will most likely not kill you if you get hit. And remember to not run in a straight or predictable line.

Luckily there are times when the potential for escape in the first few minutes is high. 

If you decide that your chance of escape is high, you need to fight. I suggest looking up videos or attending self defence classes. A few good places to attack someone is their nose (take the palm of your hand and hit him/her up the nose, this will push their nose up their head), or balls if your kidnapper is a man.

I do NOT verbally insult your attacker, in any situation what so ever, not when you’re being attacked or held hostage. Screaming ‘’fire’’ instead of ‘’rape’’ is thought to help, because people always come to see a fire.

  • Observe everything! 

Are there any identifying feauters of your attacker? How many are they? Can you identify their age group, gender, race and phycial condition? Are they aggressive or calculated? Where were you kidnapped, and where are they taking you (try to make a route in your head if you are unsure). Count every left/right turn that is taken. 

Beaware of your self as well, can you move freely and are you injured? Try to remember time patters and routines if they sucsessfully kidnapped you. 

  • What to do if you have been placed in a car. 

Use this time to get yourself untied if you are restrained. 

You may be able to kick in the back seat of the car if you have been placed in the boot, this is because some cars has backseats with a thin panel behind it. You will then be able to climb into the cabin of the car. I would suggest that you do this when the vehicle is parked and even better if your abductor(s) have left the car. Try to drive away if the keys are in the ignition, or exit as fast as you can. Use the keys or another sharp object to smash the window if the doors are locked. Remember not to run in a straight line, and run the way you came if you know. 

Other (esp. older models) makes it possible for you to open the boot so that you can fall down on the ground. Do this when the car has stopped or slowed down.

You may also want to puncture the petrol tank if you have access to it.

  • Do the obvious things.

Do you have a phone on you? Call the police. I suggest that you do this as fast as possible, do not wait. Because they might search you and take your phone. Of course you need to do this when your kidnapper(s) aren’t watching, if you’re still with them.

  • What if they successfully kidnapped you? 

Talk to them, make them see you as a human, ask for small favours (remember to be tactical and not annoying! These favours should be small, easy and far between). For example, if they are a Christian you may want to ask them for a bible, as this will likely make them relate to you more.

Talking to your kidnapper will also make you understand the situation better. Are they mentally unstable, do they have you for ransom?

  • Avoid being in the middle of the rescuing!

You’re lucky, you’re being rescued. But you’re not out of the woods yet. This is the second most dangerous part of being abducted! Your kidnapper may want to try to keep you as a human shield or you may even be hurt or killed by police or other rescuers. Lay down on the floor with your hands visible, preferably so they are protecting your head. You may also want to hide somewhere. Do not make any sudden moves when you’re being rescued, and do as the police says!

A timeline of Ted Bundy’s life and criminal activities:

• 11/24/46 - Is born as Theodore Robert Cowell in a home for unwed mothers in Burlington, Vermont.

• 05/19/51 - Bundy’s mother, Louise, marries Johnnie Bundy and her son takes his step-father’s last name.

• Spring 1965 - Graduates from Woodrow Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington.

• Fall 1965 - Enrolls at the University of Puget Sound and attends the school until the Spring of 1966.

• 06/23/65 - Murders Lonnie Trumbull and seriously injuresroommate Lisa Wick in their Seattle apartment.

• Fall 1966 to Spring 1969 - Attends the University of Washington.

• 1967 to 1968 - Courts Stephanie Brooks, who closely resembles his future victims.

• Fall 1968 - Brooks breaks off relationship with Bundy.

• Early 1969 - Visits his brithtown of Burlington, Vermont, and learns for certain that he is illegitimate.

• Fall 1969 - Re-enters Univ of Washington and meets Liz Kendall, his girlfriend throughout most of the murders.

• Spring 1973 - Graduates form the University of Washington.

• 11/25/73 - Abducts Kathy Devine from a Seattle street corner.

• 12/06/73 - Devine’s body is found near Olympia, Washington.

• 01/05/74 - Attacks Joni Lenz in her Seattle apartment. Lenz survives.

• 02/01/74 - Abducts Lynda Ann Healy from her basement bedroom in Seattle.

•03/12/74 - Abducts Donna Manson from the campus of Evergreen College.

• 04/17/74 - Abducts Susan Rancourt from the Central Washignton St. campus.

• 05/06/74 - Abducts Kathy Parks from the campus at Oregon St.

• 06/01/74 - Abducts Brenda Ball from Burien, Washington.

• 06/11/74 - Abducts Georgeann Hawkins from an alley near her University of Washington fraternity house.

• 06/17/74 - Brenda Baker’s body is found in Millersylvania St. Park. It is unknown when she was abducted.

• 07/14/74 - In seperate incidents, Janice Ott and Denise Naslund are abducted from Lake Samm St. Park.

• 09/02/74 - A Jane Doe is abducted from Boise, Idaho.

• Fall 1974 - Enters the University of Utah Law School.

• 09/07/74 - Body parts of Ott, Naslund, and Hawkins are recovered 2 miles from lake Samm St. Park.

• 10/02/74 - Abducts Nancy Wilcox.

• 10/18/74 - Abducts Melissa Smith from Midvale, Utah.

• 10/27/74 - Smith’s body is found in Summitt Park near Salt Lake City, Utah.

• 10/31/74 - Abducts Laura Aimee from Lehi, Utah.

• 11/08/74 - Botches abduction of Carol DeRonch but abducts Debby Kent later that day from school in Bountiful.

• Thanksgiving 1974 - Aimee’s body is found.

• 01/12/75 - Abducts Caryn Campbell from a hotel in Aspen, Colorado.

• 02/18/75 - Campbell’s body is found near the motel she disappeared from.

• 03/03/75 - The skulls of Healy, Ball, Parks, and Rancourt are found near Taylor Mountain in Washington.

• 03/15/75 - Abducts Julie Cunningham from Vail, Colorado.

• 04/06/75 - Abducts Melanie Cooley from her school in Nederland, Colorado.

• 04/23/75 - Cooley is found dead twenty miles from Nederland.

• 05/06/75 - Abducts Lynette Culver from her school playground in Pocatello, Idaho.

• 06/28/75 - Abducts Susan Curtis from the campus of BYU while attending a youth conference.

• 07/01/75 - Abducts Shelley Robertson from Golden, Colorado.

• 07/04/75 - Abducts Nancy Baird from Layton, Utah.

• 08/16/75 - Arrested for possession of burglary tools during a traffic stop in Salt Lake City.

• February 1976 - Abducts Debbie Smith in Utah.

• 03/01/76 - Is found guilty of aggravated kidnapping in the DeRonch attack.

• 04/01/76 - Smith’s body is found at Salt Lake International Airport.

• 06/30/76 - Sentenced to 1-15 years in prison.

• 06/07/77 - Escapes from Pitkin Co. Law Library in Colorado while preparing for trial in the Campbell murder.

• 06/13/77 - Is apprehended in Aspen, Colorado.

• 12/30/77 - Escapes from Garfield County Jail in Colorado and flees to Tallahassee, Florida.

• 01/14/78 - Enters Chi Omega sorority house in Tallahassee, killing Lisa Levy and Magaret Bowman.

• 01/14/78 - Also attacks Cheryl Thomas in her house nearby, seriously injuring her.

• 02/09/78 - Abducts Kimberly Ann Leach from her school in Lake City, Florida.

• 02/15/78 - Arrested while driving a stolen VW in Pensacola, Florida.

• 04/12/79 - Leach’s body is found in Suwanee St. Park in Florida.

• 07/27/78 - Indicted for the murders of Levy and Bowman.

• 07/31/78 - Indicted for the Leach murder.

• 07/07/79 - Leach and Bowman murder trial begins.

• 07/23/79 - Found guilty of the murders of Levy and Bowman.

• 07/31/79 - Sentenced to death for the murders of Levy and Bowman.

• 01/07/80 - Trial begins for the Leach murder.

• 02/06/80 - Found guilty of Leach murder.

• 02/09/80 - Sentenced to death for Leach murder.

• 07/02/86 - Obtains a stay of execution only fifteen minutes before he is scheduled to die.

• 11/18/86 - Obtains a stay of execution only seven hours before he is scheduled to die.

• 11/17/89 - Final death warrant is issued.

• 01/24/89 - Executed in the electric chair at 7:16 AM.

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Texas church shooter, 26, who killed at least 26 people had been dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force for assaulting his wife and child

Devin Patrick Kelley, a married father, walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources. The attack only stopped when Kelley was confronted by local hero Stephen Willeford, 55, who shot him through a gap in his body armor as the gunman tried to leave the church. Kelley was reportedly killed by that same brave neighbor following a high speed car chase.

At least 26 people were killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb. Victims include a two-year-old girl, a pregnant woman and the 14-year-old daughter of the pastor.