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Chowchilla kidnapper to be released on parole

Original post made on Jun 20, 2012

Richard Schoenfeld, who grew up in Atherton and was imprisoned for nearly 36 years on a 1976 conviction related to the kidnapping of 26 Chowchilla schoolchildren, will be released from state prison in the second half of June at an undisclosed location, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation told the Almanac.

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Posted by Reality Check
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on Jun 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Like I suppose a lot of parents in our area, my father followed the Chowchilla kidnapping pretty closely from the time it happened back in 1976, and I always recall him characterizing the Schoenfeld brothers and Woods as a bunch of bored, spoiled rich kids looking for something really exciting to do for kicks ... and maybe a few million dollars ...

Does that square with the memories of others who followed this story back then? Ordinarily, people don't expect Atherton or Portola Valley kids to dream up and carry through such major, high-profile crimes for money. Were they generally considered good kids until they were caught for this, or were they already the types of kids "known to law enforcement".


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