The Kidnapping of John Paul Getty III: Background information when reading The Good Mothers

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The Good Mothers

The Story of the Three Women Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia

by Alex Perry

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The Kidnapping of John Paul Getty III

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John Paul Getty IIIAlex Perry's book, The Good Mothers, focuses on an Italian mafia family known as the 'Ndrangheta. This organization was behind the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.

The story of Getty's kidnapping begins with the 16-year-old's grandfather, J. Paul Getty (1892-1976), founder of the Getty Oil Company in the 1940s. In spite of being vastly wealthy (Forbes named him the richest living person in 1957), he was a notorious cheapskate. Anecdotes abound regarding his penny-pinching: He did his own laundry because he didn't want to pay someone to do it; he installed a pay phone in one of his houses for guests to use; he took a group of friends to a dog show but, finding out that half-price tickets were available after 5:00, made them walk around London until they could take advantage of the offer. Getty married and divorced five times, and had five sons between all of the marriages. His third child, Eugene Paul Getty (1932-2003), was the son of wife number four; ...

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