Copy photo of the school photo of Sherry Hinesley one of the Chowchilla kidnapping victims. THE FRESNO BEE
WHERE IT HAPPENED. MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE DAVID MINIER, WHO PROSECUTED THE CASE IN 1977, STANDS ON THE SPOT WHERE THE KIDNAPPERS INTERCEPTED THE DAIRYLAND SCHOOL BUS ON JULY 15, 1976. THE FRESNO BEE
CERTAIN BOND. IN OCTOBER 1976, THE CHILREN AND THEIR BUS DRIVER FRANK EDWARD RAY SPENT THREE DAYS VISITING DISNEYLAND AND OTHER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ATTRACTIONS. THE TRIP WAS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE EMOTIONAL HEALING. THEN-CHOWCHILLA MAYOR JIM DUMAS ALSO ACCOMPANIED THE GROUP AND NOTED FOR PARADE MAGAZINE IN 1976 THAT THE RELATIONSHIP RAY HAD WITH THE CHILDREN WAS ESPECIALLY TOUCHING. THE FRESNO BEE
was one of the oldest children on the bus at the time of the kidnapping. THE FRESNO BEE
Larry Park age 6 in 1976 was among the 26 student on the bus at the time of the kidnapping. THE FRESNO BEE
MEMENTO. FOUR YEARS AFTER HE RETIRED IN 1988, FRANK EDWARD RAY PAID THE DISTRICT $500 FOR THE BUS FROM WHICH HE AND THE CHILDREN WERE KIDNAPPED. THE FRESNO BEE
CLOSE. JEFFREY AND JENNIFER BROWN AFTER THEIR ORDEA. JENNIFER SAYS THE DEATH OF HER BROTHER IN 1981 HAD A GREATHER IMPACT ON HER FAMILY THAN THE KIDNAPPING DID. FRESNO BEE FILE 1976
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. -- -- 4/26/08 -- -- Handout photo of James Schoenfeld, inmate at California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo. Schoenfeld is one of three who kidnapped a busload of school children in Chowchilla.
Workmen readied the van at a rock quarry in Livermore, Calif., July 20, 1976 in which 26 Chowchilla children and a bus driver were held captive. The van, which was buried in the quarry was taken from its burial place and moved to Santa Rita Rehabilitation Center where officers are continuing their study. Photographers were not allowed inside the van. (AP Photo/James Palmer) ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. -- -- 4/26/08 -- -- Handout photo of Fred Woods, inmate at California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo. Woods is one of three who kidnapped a busload of school children in Chowchilla.
This is a Fresno Bee file photo by Ralph Thronebery of the Dairyland Unified School District school bus, better known as the Chowchilla School Bus. This photo was published on July 16, 1976. After the Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping. Fresno Bee Staff Photo
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. -- -- 4/26/08 -- -- Handout photo of Richard Schoenfeld, inmate at California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo. Schoenfeld is one of three who kidnapped a busload of school children in Chowchilla.
RALPH THRONEBERY THE FRESNO BEE
Lynda Carrejo holds tight to brother-in-law Greg.
"WITHIN HOURS, THE NAME 'CHOWCHILLA' WAS ON THE LIPS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO COULD SCARCELY COMPREHEND THE MAGNITUDE AND HORROR OF SUCH A CRIME." SCANNED COVER OF BOOK
STILL AFRAID. LISA, LEFT, AND HER SISTER MONICA ARE STILL UNCOMFORTABLE WITH BUSES. A TENSE MONICA CURLS HER TOES NERVOUSLY AS THE TWO TALK ABOUT THE KIDNAPPING. THE FRESNOBEE
AN INNOCENT. MONICA ARDERY, THE YOUNGEST CHILD ON THE BUS AT THE TIME OF THE KIDNAPPING, THOUGH THE HIJACKING WAS A GAME. THE FRESNO BEE
Copy photo of school photo of Lisa Barletta one of the Chowchilla kidnapping victims. THE FRESNO BEE
Mrs. Curro Gonzales and her six-month-old baby wait patiently for word of her sons, Robert and Andres Gonzales. The two boys were returned with the other abducted children. (Merced Sun-Star; July 1976)
THE ARRIVAL: A throng of newsmen from around the globe and law enforcement officers joined parents and friends greeting the 26 returning Dairyland School students when their chartered bus arrived in Chowchilla. More than 100 newsmen were in Chowchilla for the vigil with families and lawmen. (Merced Sun-Star; July 1976)
Eight-year-old Andres Gonzales is assisted by Dairyland Union School District superintendent Roy Tatum from the chartered bus which brought them from Santa Rita Rehabilitation Center in Alameda County to Chowchilla. Andres and his brother, Robert, 10, were reunited in the morning with their mother, Mrs. Curro Gonzales. (Merced Sun-Star; July 1976)
VIGIL CONTINUES -- The strain of an overnight vigil shows on the faces of Chowchilla's Sam Barletta and his daughter Pamela -- Barletta's other daughter, Pamela's 12-year-old sister, Lisa, is one of 25 Dairyland School children presumed kidnapped from a school bus after a swimming outing.
(Merced Sun-Star; July 1976)
Trailed by a group of law enforcement officers, 22-year-old Richard Schoenfeld walks from a car to the rear entrance of the Chowchilla Police Department. (Merced Sun-Star; July 1976)
Madera County officials have released two composite drawings of the abductors and descriptions of three. The descriptions include one 50-year-old man, 6 feet or taller with gray hair, an eagle tattoo on his right arm and wearing cowboy boots and tan pants, a 45-year-old man about 5-foot-6 inches, chipped front tooth, side burns, wearing blue jeans, a checked blue shirt and tennis shoes, and a man in his mid-20s, 5-foot-7-inches, blue eyes, collar-length brown hair, moustache, goatee, a mole on his chin, a circular blue-green tattoo on one arm and perhaps speaking with a French accent. (Merced Sun-Star; July 1976)