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Chowchilla kidnapper gets parole date

Original post made on Apr 6, 2011

A state parole panel today (April 5) upheld a previous ruling that grants parole to one of the three men who kidnapped a busload of Chowchilla schoolchildren in 1976 and buried them in a quarry in Livermore. The kidnappers were all from wealthy families in Atherton and Portola Valley.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 8:25 PM

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I was a friend of Ricky Schoenfeld in the 60's. No excuses for his participation in a horrific act, but he was truly a gentle human being when I knew him. I agree with the DA that he was a follower and he has paid dearly. I truly hope Ricky gets parole after spending his entire adult life in prison.

By the way, Ricky lived in Atherton, not Woodside as erroneously reported by the Almanac reporter.

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Posted by american nurse
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

american nurse is a registered user.

Absolutely no parole for this person. I remember well this case. You need to put yourselves in the children's shoes. They just want him paroled because he is a rich kid. FORGET IT!

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Woodside High School
on Aug 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I remember this account, my son was two years old, the horrendous crime against these children and their parents in the name of making themselves "successful" is mind boggling. I was 22 yrs. old, raising my son as a single parent and never would i have thought to resort to crime for money to make my family proud of me.

It was a terrible crime and even if "Rick" went to his parents after the fact, Rick, you did the most heinous in-justifiable crime to those children, their parents and the buss driver , time will never erase it for them. STOP!!!! The next judge will be the one u face when u leave this earth. May God have mercy on your soul

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