The F.B.I. Files: Season 1, Episode 1

Polly Klaas: Kidnapped (20 Oct. 1998)

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FBI agents investigate the nationally publicized kidnapping of a 12 year old girl from her own home. Despite a massive effort, detailed in this program, evidence at the crime scene is ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
James Kallstrom ...
Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Dean ...
Killer's Friend (as Billy Dean)
Polly Klass
Gillian Pelham
Richard Allen Davis


FBI agents investigate the nationally publicized kidnapping of a 12 year old girl from her own home. Despite a massive effort, detailed in this program, evidence at the crime scene is simply insufficient to point to a suspect. It took a fortuitous discovery two months later to lead police to the culprit. Written by David Foss

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At Least A Lot Of Good Has Come Out Of This Tragic Loss
27 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember this Polly Klaas case as a very high-profile crime. After watching this episode of "FBI Files," I'm not sure why this got so much attention at the time although today, all kidnappings get national coverage on the news networks....and if it can help capture the criminals, more power to them. Perhaps the Klaas kidnapping paved the way for this kind of daily coverage on cable news. Whatever, the main thing is that an innocent young girl's life was needlessly ended thanks to another sick killer. The good thing is that a lot of new laws and improvements in child abduction cases were the result of this tragedy.

Watching the reenactment of the kidding of young Polly, I was stunned to see how lucky this scumbag, Richard Davis, turned out to be in the fact that Polly's mom was across the hall and had taken sleeping pills to help her sleep. So, she never heard this home invader come in, terrorize three young teens and take one with her! That's unbelievable. The FBI got called in quickly because they handle kidnappings.

Another really odd thing - and maddening - about this case was the two hoaxes. I couldn't believe some teenage girl could be so stupid and cruel as to call up Polly's father Marc and pretend to be her, quickly hanging up twice. Later, a guy comes down to the police station and confesses, but turns out to be a fake. Can you imagine the emotions of the Klaas family during these "tricks?"

How the FBI and Petaluma, Ca., police tracked down the killer comprises most of this episode. This was not a "cold case" that took years, but it still took several months before a key discovery led to the case breaking.

Regrettably, Polly Klaas is one of many kids abducted and killed but her name is one that will be remembered for a long time and, as mentioned, as led to many, many advancements in solving these crimes before some child gets killed.

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