Samuel Bronfman II
On the morning of Saturday, August 9th, 1975, Edgar M. Bronfman, head of the Seagrams distillery and North American chairman of the World Jewish Congress, received a phone call from his son, Samuel Bronfman the 2nd, saying that he had been kidnapped. Initial speculation would assume that his son’s kidnapping was in direct relation to his position at the WJC, but sometimes it really is just about the money. Initially asking for 4.6 million dollars, Bronfman’s captors lowered the ransom to 2.3 million dollars – approximately 11 million dollars by today’s standards. Edgar paid, but the money was returned shortly after New York City police and the FBI raided a Brooklyn apartment to find Samuel and his captors, a former fireman and former limousine operator.