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It was a story which horrified the country. In 1992, Stephanie Slater was kidnapped and held captive for eight days.
She moved to the Isle of Wight to recover from her traumatic experience, but earlier this month lost her short battle with cancer. Her funeral took place today.
Twenty-five years ago, Stephanie was working in Birmingham as an estate agent when she was kidnapped by Michael Sams. Richard Slee reports.
The funeral is taking place of Stephanie Slater – the estate agent from Birmingham who was kidnapped by the murderer Michael Sams. She died after being taken ill near her home on the Isle of Wight.
At the age of 25, Stephanie made headlines across the world after her abduction in January 1992. Sams held her at knifepoint when he posed as a prospective buyer at an empty house in Great Barr, Birmingham.
Bound and gagged, she was driven more than 100 miles to Sams’ workshop at Newark in Nottinghamshire where she was kept prisoner for eight days whilst her employers were forced into handing over a ransom of £175,000.
The funeral is being held today of a woman who was kidnapped and held captive for eight days.
Stephanie Slater moved to the Isle of Wight following her eight-day ordeal in 1992.
She was kidnapped by Michael Sams, who was jailed for life in 1993.
Ms Slater, who died of cancer aged 50, went on to help other kidnapping victims.