Watch: Shocking Moment As Girl Kidnapped In Broad Daylight
Jay Dawson February 16th 2017 Entertainment
It's a world of terror, confusion, and fear that we live in these days, but nothing quite tops the fear of losing a loved one. There's no greater terror than the idea that someone so close to us could be snatched away in a second. Which is what makes this insane video both truly awful, and truly unmissable. Watch as a four-year-old disappears in a blink of an eye...
A Heart-Stopping Moment
It was every mother's worst nightmare, amped up 100 times. It was all over in a blur, as she took her eyes off her four-year-old daughter for just a second. Then, the unthinkable happened. A man reached into the store and simply plucked her girl away from her. The video you're about to see will shock and appall you in its swift brutality.
The mother and daughter's names were never released, but their fear and distress are all too close to home. They never knew what was coming, and it sparked off a chain reaction of events that threw the small shop into chaos. In such a small neighborhood, it's the last thing you'd expect to happen. And if it wasn't for the actions of a small band of local heroes, this shocking moment could have turned into something far, far worse...
Where It All Went Down
The four-year-old and her mother were out shopping for the day, just running some errands, when the attempted kidnapping occurred. It was the middle of the day, broad daylight, and they had stepped into Macias Cellular & Computers in Victorville, California, to ask about a new cell phone for the mother. As the toddler daughter lingered near the entrance door, the mother joined the queue to talk to the shop owners.
Victorville itself is a small city of about 120,000 residents, located in San Bernardino county in California. Out on the southwestern edge of the Mojave desert, it's a fairly quiet place, relaxing and sleepy in that southern Californian way. It was hit hard by the recent financial crisis, but its location along the historic Route 66 has it poised to eventually bounce back. All in all, it's a happy, optimistic place to be.
This Isn't The First Time
This kidnapping case is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nationwide child crime. It seems like every week there's another child snatched up, and the perpetrators seem to get more and more brazen. It's only thanks to a hardworking police force and the timely intervention of some brave members of the public that many of these attempts have been foiled as they happen.
Thousands of kidnappings occur each year in the United States, although many of those are by family members locked in custody battles. Even so, there are still a huge, scary amount of kidnappings that are done by complete strangers. The US Department of Justice reports that about 20 children per day are kidnapped for prolonged periods of time, an astonishing number. And this isn't just restricted to the States. We've reported on similar cases before, including the daylight-snatching of a Chinese boy for ransom.
These are the cases that - over the last century - have shocked and mystified the nation and tore families apart. A child abducted is sometimes like a wound that cannot heal, and often a family simply dissolves after cases like these. Consider five-year-old Elsie Paroubek, who in 1911 went to walk over to her aunt's house a block away, and was never seen again. Her family never recovered from the loss.
Or six-year-old Morgan Nick, who in 1995 disappeared from a Little League game in Arkansas and is still to this very day being searched for. Two kidnapping attempts were made in Glendale, in California, just last year. Then there's the infamous and horrifying case of Jaycee Dugard, perhaps one of the most famous and heartbreaking kidnapping cases in recent history. Kidnapped in 1991, she was held for 18 years and only broke free from her horrifying ordeal in 2009.
She Couldn't Do Anything
When this four-year-old girl was snatched, the mother was not only unaware, but she was also completely helpless in doing anything. The problem was at first that she had no idea of what was happening - all she heard in that terrifying instant was a scream. The other problem was that she had gone shopping with her other daughter, as well.
This other daughter was only a baby. The mother was holding her in her arms as she lined up at the cell phone store, and there was no way she could react without endangering the life of her newborn. She couldn't run after her child without either abandoning her baby to some unknown people in the store, or else keep holding the baby and risk it coming to harm in the chaos outside. It was a split-second decision, and she took the only option she could: raise the alarm, and hope that others could catch the kidnapper.
In the moments following the snatching, the other people in the store were just as confused as the mother. What had just happened? Stella Moriel, the owner of the store, was the first to react, although she thought it was something different at first. "I heard screaming," Moriel said. "I thought they were arguing with each other at first. When I came from behind the counter I asked what was going on."
That's when the awful truth dawned on Stella and her husband: that a child had been taken from their very own store. Three of them - Stella, her husband, and a customer - bolted from the store to see if they could do something. It was only thanks to their quick reactions that everything in the end turned out okay. They discovered that something incredibly fortunate had happened...
A Lucky Escape
The four-year-old, it seemed, had gotten away from her would-be captor. As she had been grabbed, she did what young children do best: lie down and throw a tantrum. It appeared that because she had been so difficult, the kidnapper had lost their grip on the girl and she had fallen to the sidewalk. Her instincts had kicked in, and for once they had saved her mother a world of pain.
Stella, the owner of the store, brought back the four-your-old to her mother in what would be an emotional reunion. She described the ensuing scene as incredibly emotional. "The mom was in here she was very hysterical," Moriel said. "Her daughter was very traumatized, just clinging on to her, wouldn't let go. Both babies were crying." Given what had just happened, her reaction was pretty understandable.
They Give Chase
But just because the four-year-old girl was safe and sound, they weren't going to let the attempted kidnapper get away. Stella's husband and the customer were still out on the street, and they had spotted the man who had made the grab, running away as fast as he could. They gave chase down Union St, yelling for other members of the public to stop the guy.
They were successful. Soon they had run the man down, and though he fought off the residents, they gang-tackled him to the ground and held him till the police arrived. What worried them most, though, was the reaction of the man. As sheriff's deputies came to the scene, Miguel Macias - Stella's husband - looked into the kidnapper's face. "He was smiling like it was some kind of joke or something," Miguel Macias said.
The man who they caught - the man you'll soon see in this shocking video - was named Terry Lynn Ransom, an ironically-named 24-year-old resident of Hesperia (a town about eight miles away). Residents noted that when they caught him, he was making nervous twitches and strange motions, and investigators seem to have backed this up by claiming that he was most likely high on drugs at the time.
Later at the trial, Ransom claimed that he had been in hospital the day of the attempt, and had been administered drugs there. His own family said that "he's a loving kid, he had five children of his own, he would have never did this if he wasn't under the influence of drugs." But even though all the facts were against him, he still made a plea of "not guilty" when facing court five days later.
The Cops Try Their Best
"Everything just happened so fast," Morial told the Daily Press. "You see it all the time in movies and TV, but to actually see it in front of you is a whole different experience." And indeed, despite the best efforts of the police force, there's nothing they can really do to prevent the kinds of sudden kidnappings you'll see in this video. These things happen in an instant, and all you can do is hope that the public will do their best.
Terry Lynn Ransom, on the other hand, had already had several convictions before this particular case. He's been cited for robbery, resisting arrest, and even assaulting a police officer. Whether or not this should be an indication that he may kidnap someone is unclear. But what is clear is that this man should have had greater monitoring. Watch the video and decide for yourself...
50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist
Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.