Bogle, Helen McDermott (1871–?)

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Bogle, Helen McDermott (1871–?)

American kidnapper. Name variations: also seen as Helen Boyle. Born Helen McDermott in 1871 in US; death date unknown; m. James H. Bogle.

With husband, was responsible for the kidnapping of Willie Whitla (Mar 18, 1909), 8-year-old son of wealthy attorney James P. Whitla of Sharon, PA (relation of steel tycoon Frank Buhl); after receiving $10,000 in ransom, released Willie (Mar 22) and was caught only hours later; along with husband, received a life sentence; was apparently the mastermind behind the plot.