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The Billionaire Who Refused to Pay Kidnappers to Save His Grandson's Life

You may have heard about the movie All the Money in the World because actor Kevin Spacey was replaced at the last moment with Christopher Plummer. What's even more amazing is that the movie will be in theaters December 22, which means that Plummer's work was done and edited in at astonishing speed for Hollywood. But the true story behind the movie is even more intriguing. Plummer plays John Paul Getty, the richest man in the world in 1973. That was when Getty's 16-year-old grandson John Paul Getty III (Paul) was abducted in Rome. The kidnappers demanded $17 million in ransom.   

Initially, they suspected it was a hoax that Paul had contrived in order to ascertain more money from his family.

At the time, Old John told the media that he didn’t believe in paying kidnappers.

“I have 14 other grandchildren and if I pay one penny now, then I’ll have 14 kidnapped grandchildren,” he said.

After three months of silence from the Gettys, the kidnappers took action by cutting off the wealthy teenager’s right ear with a razor and sending it in a bag to a newspaper in Rome.

Read the story of Paul Getty's kidnapping at The Independent. -via Nag on the Lake

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