Kidnapping Vs Kidnapping

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False imprisonment is defined as “intentionally confining or restraining another person without their consent” by a typical statute regarding the crime. This crime doesn’t require that the offender actually remove the victim from where they were when the crime was committed. This crime is a lesser form of deprivation of liberty than is kidnapping because the time frame is usually shorter and the events are somewhat less stressful(page 426). Kidnapping is defined as the taking and carrying away of another person with the intent to deprive that person of personal liberty. Kidnapping is a more serious crime and can be carried out with differing degrees, simple and aggravated. If a police officer makes an illegal arrest, perhaps with no intent …show more content…
The many purposes of kidnapping, primarily aggravated, include ransom demands, procuring a hostage(in a bank robbery perhaps), with intent to commit sexual crimes, robbery, murder, to terrorize the victim(perhaps a stalker or a domestic dispute), or to achieve political aims(which may fall into a terroristic act). In many foreign countries kidnapping is an often used tool to fund terrorism, drive political and revolutionary goals, and simply as a source of income. Until recently Mexico City was the kidnapping capital of the world. Taxi drivers in Volkswagen Bugs would pick up fares then refuse to let them out until a ransom was paid. Typically no harm was actually done to the victims and with the introduction of larger four door cars to be used as taxis the practice has abated …show more content…
Theresa Saldana, an actress in the 1970s-1990s was attacked by a deranged fan who said he was on a “divine mission” and intended to win Ms. Saldana by “sending her to eternity”(nytimes.com). In 1989 the model turned actress Rebecca Schaeffer was shot and killed by a delusional fan at the age of 21. Then in 1995 the singer Selena was shot to death by the president of her fan club(at first thought to be the actions of another deranged fan, but there may be more to that story) (imdb.com and boiography.com). The public outrage surrounding these senseless deaths was enormous. Something had to be done, but what? California was the first state to enact legislation in the effort to curb the seemingly sudden stalking craze. All states now have anti-stalking legislation. Some states such as Alabama and Alaska have differing degrees of stalking, presumably mean to cover any and all aspects of the crime and protect the victims from even the slightest degree of personal space infringement. Other states such as Louisiana don’t have degrees to the crime bust prescribe what constitutes stalking and the penalties get stiffer with each subsequent offense. Minnesota goes beyond prison sentences and prescribes mental health assessments and intervention methods to those found

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