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 Posted: Sun Feb 17th, 2019 12:11 pm
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J.P. Getty was the billionaire founder of the Getty Oil Company. In July 1973, his 16-year-old grandson John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in Rome. The captors demanded a ransom of $17 million and phoned his mother, Gail, to say: “Get it from London.”

J.P. Getty, who was based in the UK, refused by saying: “If I pay one penny now, then I’ll have 14 kidnapped grandchildren.”

Gail received a letter from her son that read:

"I have fallen into the hands of kidnappers. Don’t let me be killed. Arrange things so that the police don’t intervene. You must absolutely not take this thing as a joke. Try and get in contact with the kidnappers in the manner and the way they tell you. Don’t let the public know about the negotiations if you don’t want me killed." 

Three months later, John Paul’s ear was mailed to a Rome newspaper. Eventually, his father, John Paul II, negotiated a ransom payment of about $3 million, to which J.P. contributed $2.2 million (the tax-deductible maximum). The rest was made up of a loan, which J.P. gave to his son—at 4 percent interest.

After his release, John Paul III tried to phone his grandfather to thank him. J.P. Getty refused the call.


In 1995, a woman named Joyce Goodener was brutally stabbed, beaten with a cinder block, and set on. Despite some initial leads, the case ultimately went cold. Fast-forward to 2012. Inmate James Washington clutched his chest and felt his heart giving up. As lay in agony in his hospital bed, he beckoned the nearby prison guard closer and made a bona fide deathbed confession: "I have to get something off my conscience and you need to hear this. I killed someone. I beat her to death." Then James Washington closed his eyes and ... didn't die. Which was great news, as it made him able to attend an upcoming murder trial -- his own.

​​​​​​​Washington had long been a suspect in the Goodener murder case, but there just wasn't enough evidence for an arrest. But a confession heard by a government official was plenty. Of course, the defense tried to play it off as some bizarre hallucination induced by the meds he was on at the time, but the medical team told the judge that Mr. Washington had been completely lucid while confessing. After a three-day trial, Washington was found guilty and slapped with an automatic life sentence.