Frederick Woods Paroled After Kidnapping 26 Children & Burying Them Alive!
In 1976, Frederick Woods, along with his accomplices Richard and James Schoenfeld kidnapped a school bus full of children and buried them alive.
Woods was approved for parole
” 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.
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?
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.
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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Frederick Woods Paroled After Kidnapping 26 Children & Burying Them Alive