Billionaire’s Daughter: The Kidnapping of Cynthia Kilburn (BC)

Episode 089 – Four days before Christmas in 1990 a North Vancouver woman named Cynthia Kilburn was kidnapped from her home. A threatening ransom note asking for $8.5 million was found pinned to the door of her home; her two children, 4-year-old twins, were found bound, but unharmed, in an upstairs bathroom. Unknown to most of her neighbours, Cynthia is the daughter of the philanthropic BC billionaire businessman and Canada’s fourth richest man, Jim Pattison. The kidnappers knew who they had, but their poorly thought out scheme did not go as planned.

Sources:
Dead Ends: BC Crime Stories by Paul Wilcocks
R. v. Mulvahill, 1992 CanLII 347 (BC SC)
Seven Arrested After Kidnapping
Kidnap victim picked for judges’ committee
What happened to Kataoka – Vancouver Sun
Newspapers.com
Jim Pattison Group

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