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Frederick Woods Paroled After Kidnapping 26 Children & Burying Them Alive

Frederick Woods Paroled After Kidnapping 26 Children & Burying Them Alive!

Frederick Woods and his accomplices after being caught kidnapping a bus of school children.

In 1976, Frederick Woods, along with his accomplices Richard and James Schoenfeld kidnapped a school bus full of children and buried them alive.

This week, at age 70, he was granted parole, Terry Thornton of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed to
USA TODAY.

Woods was approved for parole

During a March hearing at California Men’s Colony, after previously being denied 17 times. He had the support of two survivors of the crime.

” I believe you have served enough time for the crime you committed,”

said survivor Larry Park

Larry Park, a survivor, supported Woods’ release along with Rebecca Reynolds Dailey. But Park added,

“I’m concerned about the addiction you may have about money,” urging Woods to consider getting treatment.

Photo taken on July 17, 1976, as members of the Alameda County Crime Lab and FBI are pictured working around the opening to the van where 26 Chowchilla school children and their bus driver were held captive at a rock quarry near Livermore, Calif
Photo taken on July 17, 1976, as members of the Alameda County Crime Lab and FBI are pictured working around the opening to the van where 26 Chowchilla school children and their bus driver were held captive at a rock quarry near Livermore, Calif

Woods remained incarcerated Thursday in San Luis Obispo. Due to security concerns, the CDCR does not disclose an inmates release date.

What did Frederick Woods Do?

He was 24 when he and two others kidnapped 26 children and their bus driver in Northern California.

Woods along with his accomplices, brothers Richard and James Schoenfeld, kidnapped the group on July 15, 1976, near Chowchilla, a town 125 miles southeast of San Francisco.

The group took the hostages 100 miles away to Livermore where they were placed into a moving truck and buried alive.


Frederick Woods and his accomplices after being caught kidnapping a bus of school children.
Frederick Woods and his accomplices after being caught kidnapping a bus of school children.

Woods and the brothers demanded $5 million from the state Board of Education. The children, aged 5 to 14, and bus driver were able to dig their way out after 16 hours.

All three men’s life sentences were reduced in 1980, so they could have a chance at parole.

Richard was released in 2012 after an appeals court order and James was paroled by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015.

“I’ve had empathy for the victims which I didn’t have then,” Woods said in March. “I’ve had a character change since then.”

The approval from the parole hearing became final earlier this year, then was sent to Newsom who had 30 days to review the decision. Because it’s not a murder conviction, Newsom was not able to overrule it, but instead, sent it to the Board of Parole hearings for review.

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