Last convict in mass school bus kidnapping seeks parole
SACRAMENTO - The last of three men who kidnapped a school bus full of children 39 years ago in California is asking this week to be released from prison.
Frederick Woods and two brothers, James and Richard Schoenfeld, were young men from wealthy San Francisco Bay Area families who spent more than a year planning what they thought would be the perfect crime.
They hijacked the bus near Chowchilla, then buried the 26 children and their driver under mounds of dirt.
The kidnapping lasted more than a day before the children and driver were able to dig their way out.
The crime still haunts the victims four decades later.
After spending most of their adult lives in prison, only Woods remains behind bars.
His parole hearing is set for Thursday.