I had to take a sabbatical from the Crime Fiction Alphabet meme but I’m back this week. If you are unfamiliar with CFA, it is a challenge run by Kerrie over at Mysteries in Paradise, so head on there and sign up, or click on some links and read what others have to say. This is my second time at this Karnival (I had to begin with a K!) and I have chosen to focus on topics related to crime fiction rather than books and/or authors.
K is for Kidnapping
Really, there isn’t much I can add to kidnapping but here are some things to keep in mind when you have a kidnapping in your story
- Kidnapping is a federal crime so make sure the FBI is involved (if the novel is set in the USA)
- Kidnapping came under federal jurisdiction after the highly publicized and ultimately tragic Lindbergh Kidnapping.
- There are many different kinds of kidnapping. Here’s a list that details some of them and the differences between them.
- Consequently, there are also different charges for kidnapping from First Degree Felony to False Imprisonment depending on the circumstances, so make sure your court scene reflects that.
And a final bit of trivia: In Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, the victim is also an alleged kidnapper and murderer himself.