Tuesday 12 December 2017

Obituary: Jennifer Guinness

August 22, 1937 - January 23, 2016

Kidnap: Jennifer Guinness with her husband John at a news conference following her release on April 18, 1988. She had been held for eight days. Photo: Frank McGrath
Kidnap: Jennifer Guinness with her husband John at a news conference following her release on April 18, 1988. She had been held for eight days. Photo: Frank McGrath

Jennifer Guinness, who died last weekend, became famous after being kidnapped in 1986. She was held captive for eight days by a criminal gang, but survived unharmed and drew huge admiration from the public for her fortitude, courage and even good humour, during and after her ordeal.

When asked during a post-rescue press conference what had kept her going for those eight days, she said: "A certain amount of anger, a lot of determination and just a conviction that they weren't going to get to me."

She even made reporters laugh when, in reference to her husband John - distantly related to the iconic brewing family - she quipped: "I kept saying (to the kidnappers), 'You've got the wrong branch of the family. John's a banker, but two million is not our style of life.'"

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