Re: RARA-AVIS: Gold Medal: Lament for a Virgin

From: Paul Hartshorne (
Date: 10 Aug 2002

I don't think that anyone has yet answered Mark's original question about Lionel White's The Snatchers.

The crime that was based on White's novel was the kidnapping of the then 4-years old Eric Peugeot, the grandson of the head of the Peugeot car manufacturing business. The kidnappers very closely followed the novel, and young Eric was released unharmed after a ransom of around 300,000 French Francs was paid (the kidnappers were going to ask for 30,000 Francs, but added an extra 0 to the ransom note when they saw how large old man Peugeot's house was!).

Unfortunately the two crooks were not used to having so much cash and splashed it around on cars, boats and good times and eventually gave themselves away.

Eric Peugeot is now himself the head of Peugeot and refuses to be interviewed regarding the case.

If you put Peugeot kidnapping in a search engine, I'm sure that more info can be turned up.

Cheers, Paul

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