The Kidnap of American missionary Ellen Maria Stone
Miss Ellen Maria Stone, a Congregationalist missionary and her pregnant fellow missionary friend Katerina StefanovaTsilka are kidnapped on 3rd September 1901 in the Ottoman Balkans by an Internal Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organisation detachment led by the voivoda Yane Sandanski and the sub-voivodas Hristo Chernopeev and Krastyo Asenov seeking independence from the Ottoman. The rebels demanded a ransom be paid of $110, 000. In February 1902, the captors, after initially refusing, accept a reduced sum, and the women were released. Widely covered by the media at the time, the event has been often dubbed "America's first modern hostage crisis". Date: 1901
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Battle between police and kidnappers
Two foreigners, Jules Paty Louis and Regis Pral were kidnapped in Artizo. The kidnapping of Regis Pral, the son of a very rich industrialist from Valence, created a diplomatic incident between the one-time Prime Minister, Francesco Crispi, and the Sardinian authorities. Crispi ordered that the affair should be resolved; Regis Pral got his freedom without the ransom being paid, thanks to Giovanni Corbeddu Salis, one of the most ruthless bandits in the region.
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