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How Did Kidnappers of 3 Ohio Women Elude Detection for So Long? Authorities Investigating

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are questioning how three Ohio women were held in captivity for a decade inside a Cleveland house without being detected.

As authorities arrested three brothers in the kidnapping Tuesday, investigators are talking to neighbors to see what, if anything, people have heard or seen at the house, Reuters reports.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Johnson defended local authorities, responding to unfounded accusations that neighbors had alerted the suspicious activity to police, the Tribune wrote.

The women were freed Monday evening after one of them alerted a neighbor.

FBI Official Says Kidnappings in Texas Border Town “Off the Charts”

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI official in Texas told state lawmakers Thursday that kidnappings in the border town of McAllen, Tex., have nearly quadrupled over the last fiscal year, and most were drug related, the Associated Press reported.

John Johnson, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI McAllen office, said 42 people were kidnapped between October 2008 to September 2009 compared to 11 the year before, the AP reported. On top of that, he said, many kidnappings have gone unreported.

“Fiscal ’09 was off the charts,” Johnson said in McAllen to lawmakers who were holding a hearing to determined the security needs at the border, the AP reported.

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