1973John Paul Getty III, grandson of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, was kidnapped in Italy. The kidnappers sent a ransom note demanding $17 million, but Getty Sr. thought it was a prank. When the kidnappers sent the local newspaper an envelope containing a lock of hair and a human ear, Getty Sr. agreed to pay ransom, but only $2 million — the maximum amount that was tax deductible. Getty III was eventually found alive …