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.