Two weeks after the assassination of President Kennedy, the next most famous man Frank Sinatra caught up in a bizarre case.
Three amateur criminals kidnapped Frank Sinatra’s only son, then 19, on December 8, 1963 in Lake Tahoe.
Two of the three conspirators were high school classmates of Nancy Sinatra, Junior’s older sister. The family welcomed them in their home for several occasions.
While his father provided the best soundtrack for almost half a century, Sinatra, Jr. was already making a name for himself during that time.
During the abduction, the three kidnappers drove all around California with their abductee for 54 hours.
Sometimes, they put the Sinatra, Jr. blindfolded in the backseat. Sometimes they put him in the trunk.
They made a series of phone calls to the family to ask for ransom. The famous singer offered a million dollars, but they countered the offer for only $240,000.
Three days after, they released Sinatra, Jr.. It became a cover story, alongside news such as Kenya’s new independence from Great Britain and the widow Jackie Kennedy’s purchase of a Georgetown home for $190,000.
Meanwhile, Barry Worthington Keenan, the leader of the kidnapping, said in a 1998 interview that it was an act of goodwill. They wanted to bring Sinatra family back together.