…I found a ransom note, however, and I recognized the handwriting
(Female, 50’s) My 2 year old granddaughter was missing, and I knew she’d been kidnapped. Her parents were doubtful– why would anyone kidnap their child since they would be unable to pay any ransom demand? They seemed to think she was around the house, and if they kept looking they’d find her.
I found a ransom note, however, and I recognized the handwriting: it was my next-door neighbor’s. The note requested 2 million dollars for the return of the child. I knew now that he had the girl next-door in the basement, and that he was playing with her and keeping her occupied, and I knew he wouldn’t hurt her because our neighbors really want to have a child.
I showed my son and his wife the note and told them, “You see? She’s been kidnapped.”
My daughter in law said, “Do you think it’s serious?”
I replied, “Kidnapping is a federal felony.” (Which was really funny when I woke up and thought about the dream!)
All day long they tried to get enough money to pay the ransom. They called all their friends and relatives.
Finally, in the evening, I called my neighbors’ house. When he answered the phone, I said, “Doug, I know you have her. We want you to bring her back and we won’t press charges.”
“What about the ransom?” he asked.
“They cannot afford to pay the ransom.”
There was a pause. Then he spoke.
“Well, then. What do you think is reasonable?” He wanted them at least to pay him for watching her all day.