Japanese-occupied northeast China was a hotbed of warlords, bandits and pirates, with the frequent kidnapping of foreigners having become an integral component of the local economy. So why, then, did the snatching of a 19-year-old blond British newlywed become the news story of 1932?

How Chinese bandits’ kidnapping of a blond British bride and her pet dogs became a global news story

  • The abduction of Muriel ‘Tinko’ Pawley became headline news around the world, but the men captured with her barely rated a mention
  • During her 41-day ordeal the 19-year-old suffered ‘beastly boredom’, threatened to haunt her captors and demanded lipstick
Topic |   Chinese history

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Japanese-occupied northeast China was a hotbed of warlords, bandits and pirates, with the frequent kidnapping of foreigners having become an integral component of the local economy. So why, then, did the snatching of a 19-year-old blond British newlywed become the news story of 1932?
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