this day in crime history: january 28, 1982

On this date in 1982, US Army Brigadier General James Dozier was rescued by Italian police. Dozier, who had been kidnapped by Italian Red Brigades terrorists 42 days earlier, was being held in an apartment in the northern Italian city of Padua. After determining the General’s location, the Italian police sent in the NOCS, a special operations unit trained in hostage rescue. A bulldozer was started near the building to cover the noise of the rescuers as they moved into position. A 12-man NOCS team stormed the apartment and overpowered the terrorists without firing a shot, rescuing the General, and taking five of his captors into custody.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – James L. Dozier

Wikipedia – Red Brigades

NY Times – General Dozier Freed in Major Red Brigades Defeat

SpecWarNet – NOCS

3 thoughts on “this day in crime history: january 28, 1982

  1. In the aftermath of this story, I remember hear about how the Red Brigade tortured Dozier by taping headphones on him and blasting Blondie. All I know is that if you forced me to listen to “The Tide Is High” on a loop, I’d have cracked faster than the Liberty Bell.


  2. John D.:
    I’m with J-Dub on this one…lol.

    The same could be said for any song in the (c)rap genre…lol.
    (or maybe Surfin’ Bird)


    Roll safe out there.


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