John Paul Getty III (4 November 1956 – 5 February 2011) was the eldest of the four children of John Paul Getty, Jr., & the grandson of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty. After being kidnapped & mutilated in 1973 at age 16, Getty became an alcoholic & drug addict. In 1981, he imbibed a valium, methadone, & alcohol cocktail which caused liver failure & a stroke, leaving him a quadriplegic & nearly blind. He never fully recovered & remained severely handicapped for the rest of his life.
John Paul Getty III had his ear cut off by Italian mobsters after being held to ransom for a portion of his wealthy family's fortune - which his grandfather initially refused to pay.
October 21, 1973: John Paul Getty III loses an ear. Until the family received the 16-year-old's ear, they thought the teenager had staged his own kidnapping. Getty was held for 5 months in a mountain hideout, before his grandfather reluctantly agreed to ransom him -- but only for the maximum allowable tax deduction for the event.
December 15, 1973: John Paul Getty III, the grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, is found alive near Naples, five months after his kidnapping by an Italian gang. J. Paul Getty, who became the richest man in the world in 1957, had initially refused to pay his 16-year-old grandson’s $17 million ransom but finally agreed to cooperate after the boy’s severed right ear was sent to a newspaper in Rome. He eventually secured his grandson’s release by paying just $2.7 million, the maximum…
Proof that money can't buy happiness: John Paul Getty III destroyed by his family's billions
Family: John Paul Getty II with his first wife Gail Harris and their children John Paul Getty III, Aileen Getty and Mark Getty.
Jean Paul Getty III's death this weekend at the Getty family mansion in Buckinghamshire marks the latest sorry instalment in the desperately sad story of the house of Getty
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#8 John Paul Getty III Ransomed for $3 million in 1973. Equivalent to $15.9 million today. As a 16-year-old grandson of an oil baron, Getty was living a luxurious life in Italy when he was captured by Italian gangsters. They demanded a $17 million ransom for the boy. When that price was not met, Getty's captors cut off one of the teen's ears When the kidnappers reduced the price to $3 million, the Getty family paid.