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Media tracks down Chowchilla kidnapper

Original post made on Jun 25, 2012

It didn't take long for local media outlets to figure the Mountain View address of paroled "Chowchilla" kidnapper, Richard Schoenfeld.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 25, 2012, 1:59 PM


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a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Does this article contain any useful information at all? TV news have been showing photos and video for days. With no photos or addresses, this report is essentially zero useful content.

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Posted by tommy_g
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Jun 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I live in Mountain View. My Daughter lives in Mountain View.....This loser is not wanted in my town....

you watch....he will get into will hire him....he will have to commit crimes.......

I'm sure this liberal editor wont keep my comments on here very long....thats the problem with freedom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by guest415
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

36 years is a looong time... True that it was a high profile crime but he did his time and he's not a murderer or sexual predator/ offender, so I think he deserves a second chance.

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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

This is just one of lots of parolees living in Mountain View.

This guy has been in prison for a very long time. He's been paroled. He didn't break out of jail. Leave him be.

He's living with his mother. It's not like he doesn't have any support. While it is hard for felons to find work, sometimes, it's not impossible.

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Posted by S. L.
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jun 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm

S. L. is a registered user.

I grew up in the bay area and recall being extremely troubled as a child hearing this broadcasting live on our local news as the event unfolded. It was a very scary time and I wasn't even in the direct victim pool. I believe it was my first introduction to the evilness referred to as abduction. Thank you for haunting my childhood.

Although his mother certainly deserves consideration and respect of her privacy, I do believe, however, her son deserves nothing of the kind. The fact she allowed him back into the maternal nest seems typical of an enabling trait.

*After being denied parole 20 times, one of the three kidnappers, Richard Schoenfeld, was deemed suitable for parole by the California Board on Parole Hearings on October 30, 2008. Richard Shoenfeld was released on June 20, 2012 and is living with his mother in a condominium complex in Mountain View, California.[3]

James Schoenfeld has been denied parole 16 times. Frederick Woods was denied parole for the 12th time on January 5, 2009, and will be eligible again in 2012.*

*Web Link

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Posted by Sly
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jun 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Back then kids were tough and wouldn't let a thing like getting kidnapped and buried alive affect them. Today, it's another story. Kids are wimps.

Schoenfeld obviously deserves a second chance. He white and was once from a wealthy family. Now if he was a minority, that key would have been thrown away a long time ago.

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Posted by I Remember the Event
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

"...keeping them in a quarry in Livermore, from which they all escaped on their own without injury."

This is a misleading statement. Those kids were buried alive with no idea if they would ever be let out. What qualifies the authors of this article to say they escaped without injury? They were all psychologically scarred by the event.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

"The men were sentenced to life in prison."

Let me take a wild guess -- these are the same people that don't get that "illegals" are illegal.

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Posted by Larry Condit
a resident of Gemello
on Jun 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Schoenfeld has been paroled, is not a threat to society, and deserves to be left in peace. he and his mother deserve to reside quietly and without undue attention by the public.

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Posted by Kt
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm

There are convicted sex offenders who live merely blocks from schools around here..... I read this guys story in detail and it was a ploy to make money from ransom that was not well planned at all. They didn't have the intention to kill anyone, but ended up traumatizing many children along with the bus driver. Hopefully prison didn't mess him up even moresp than he already is.