Kidnap Radio

by on June 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm in Economics, Political Science, Travel | Permalink

The first rule of kidnapping insurance is that you don't talk about kidnapping insurance.

That's Seth Gitter summarizing some of the economics of kidnapping insurance over at the Blog of Diminishing Returns.  Seth also points us towards a story about Caracol Radio, a radio station in Colombia that broadcasts messages from families to hostages every Saturday night:

The show is called Voces del
Secuestro, or Voices of Kidnapping. (There are several other stations
in Colombia that send messages out on other days of the week). The
host, Herbin Hoyos, is a journalist who started this program in 1994,
after he was briefly kidnapped…

For more, see Tyler's excellent analysis of the economics of kidnapping insurance.

1 rmg June 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I think you mean Colombia and not Columbia (sorry, pet peeve).

2 Tom Grey June 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm

“Proof of Life” is a movie about kidnapping worth mentioning here — Russel Crowe saves the husband of Meg Ryan, and the good chemistry between the two is never consumated (thanks! to some screenwriter). Fine action & suspense.

3 John Lockhart June 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm

The radio show reminds me of the Prison Show broadcast from my hometown of Houston. Relatives of the incarcerated call in to broadcast messages to them.

4 Andrew June 10, 2010 at 6:15 am

I love talking about my kidnap insurance. 9mm, 45acp, .32, all that.

But seriously, how much would a marginal increase in resistance shift the cost curve for kidnappings?

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seconding neil. how could you not mention the TAL episode???

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