published in The Atlantic
John Patterson was abducted in 1974 while serving as an American diplomat in Mexico. Ransom letters were received from the "People's Liberation Army of Mexico," a group that nobody had previously heard about. Although it seemed like a typical occurrence that was rising in frequency those days, it turned out to be something else entirely. Koerner writes about this gripping story half a century later, where all the details are exposed for a satisfying conclusion.
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