The main perpetrator of the school bus hijacking in California 46 years ago remains on parole
The mastermind of a gang that hijacked a school bus carrying 26 students for ransom in Chowchilla, California 46 years ago has been released on parole.
On July 15, 1976, Frederick Woods and his brothers Richard and James hijacked a school bus and demanded a $5 million ransom. In addition to the driver, the bus hijacked by Frederick Woods and his accomplices was carrying 26 children between the ages of 4 and 15 from Darleyland Elementary School. After hijacking a bus of students, Frederick Woods, with the help of his accomplices, packed the hostages into a van and buried them alive with food, water and bathroom supplies, but with little room for light and air. was left Despite the extreme heat and confinement, no hostages were killed in the incident and all hostages were later rescued safely .