One of the most valuable races horses in the world won the Epsom Derby by 10 lengths, the longest win margin in the race’s 226-year history. Shergar’s kidnapping in 1983 sent the entire country of Ireland into a frenzy. The beloved horse was a mere pawn in a political chess match; abducted by an extremist group pushing Ireland towards the brink of civil war.
With Irma Blanco & Carter Roy
Some terrorists use weapons. Some use information. The scariest use hostages. Every Thursday, Hostage tells electrifying crime stories culminating in intense, life-or-death negotiations. Within the stories, we examine tactics used by the FBI’s crisis negotiation unit, world governments, and even hostage’s parents, highlighting the techniques that saved lives, and the moments where everything went tragically wrong. Hostage is a production of Cutler Media, and part of the Parcast Network. New episodes release on Thursdays.
The world watched in horror as the heavily anticipated 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany turned into an international catastrophe. The Palestinian terrorist group Black September leveraged the lives of eleven Israeli representatives in exchange for the release of incarcerated comrades. German officials jumped into action even as the negotiations took a lethal turn.
The Olympics are an event that is supposed to unite countries together, however that wasn’t the case during the 1972 Games in Munich, Germany. Eleven Israeli athletes, coaches, and Olympic officials were held hostage by eight commandos from the Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. It brought the Olympics to a halt, and focused the world’s attention both on the capital of the German state of Bavaria and on the Palestinian revolutionary movement.
Somali pirates seeking a large reward, attempted to hijack the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009. Holding Richard Phillips for ransom, The U.S. Navy had to intervene and use new negotiation tactics with the pirates. Abduwali Muse was the only hijacker to live to tell the tale.
It had been nearly 200 years since a ship registered under the American flag was seized by pirates. However, the crew of the MV Maersk Alabama and its 19,000 tons of cargo presented too good an opportunity to pass up. On April 8, 2009 four Somali pirates overcame the anti-piracy maneuvers executed by the crew and boarded the ship, kicking off one of the most incredible hostage rescues in recent memory.
For 17 days, she was locked in an underground bunker the size of a closet. Katie Beers’ incredible psychological resilience allowed her to persevere during her captivity in 1992. Over the course of two weeks, authorities failed to find the man responsible.
Convincing her that she was going to an arcade, John Esposito, a family friend, kidnapped 9-year-old Katie Beers, locking her in a tiny cell under his garage in 1992. Word spread of the missing child, but it takes 17 days for Katie to be found. John’s predatory behavior was overlooked by authorities and Katie’s family, failing to protect her from the dangerous man.
Unable to leave the auditorium of the Dubrovka Theater for over four days, the orchestra pit becomes the bathroom. After a mysterious woman sneaks into the theatre, and confronts terrorist leader Movsar Barayev, she is dragged into the lobby and shot. Despite immense pressure to open talks, Putin insists everyone will get out alive, without recalling troops from Chechnya. The Russian Government reacted to terrorist leader Movsar Barayev’s demands, only after a rescue mission conducted by the Russian Spetsnaz turns deadly.
As leverage to force President Vladimir Putin to withdraw Russian forces from Chechnya in 2002, a band of 40-50 heavily armed Chechen rebels took hundreds of innocent people as hostage. The man behind the chaos: terrorist leader, Movsar Barayev. The state of Chechnya in the early 2000s only adds to the turmoil of the hostage situation.
One day after school Bobby was kidnapped by Carl Hall and Bonnie Heady. His parents received a ransom note for $600,000 in exchange for their son. Bobby’s parents involved the FBI to try to get their son home safely, but was their attempt successful?
Bobby was taken from his school by a woman claiming to be his aunt in 1953. Within hours, the school realized its mistake, but it was too late. The Greenleases received a ransom note demanding $600,000 in exchange for Bobby’s safe return.
While staying at a lavish resort in the Philippines, visitors were held hostage by the the Abu Sayyaf militant group. Was this the trip of a lifetime or the last trip of their lives?
On May 27, 2001 members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group took over a luxurious resort on a private island in the Philippines. Were these innocent tourists able to survive?
Blindfolded and locked in a closet for 57 days, Patricia Hearst was subjected to torture, abuse, and brainwashing. How did she survive? We examine her psyche, how she handled a death threat, and clips from the audio messages she was forced to record.
After two months of fruitless negotiations, the FBI stopped trying to rescue a hostage, and started trying to catch a criminal. This week, we’ll look at the crimes Patricia committed under coercion, and her life on the run. How do you rescue a hostage who doesn’t want to be found?
Patricia Hearst lived every woman’s nightmare. She was violently taken from her own apartment, tied up, and thrown in the back of a stolen car. For the next two years, Patricia was held hostage. In our first episode, we explore the dramatic lead-up to Patricia’s kidnapping, and why her kidnappers were able to snatch the heiress from her apartment in under four minutes.
Every Thursday, Hostage transports you to a heart-pounding situation where innocent lives hang in the balance. We analyze the tactics used by the FBI’s crisis negotiation unit, world governments, and even bystanders, highlighting the techniques that saved lives, and the moments where everything went tragically wrong. Hostage is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.