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Andrew Getty's school friends says he was a hard partying drug user

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.

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…

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Proof that money can't buy happiness: John Paul Getty III destroyed by his family's billions

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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Death of Another Getty Heir Fuels Tale of Family's Tragic Wealth

Image: Gail Harris arrives in a police car with her son John Paul Getty III in 1973 after his kidnapping ordeal


In this Sept. 13, 1974 file photo, J. Paul Getty III, right, stands beside his then bride Martine Zacher, after their marriage in the village of Sovicille, Italy. Getty, the troubled grandson of a U.S. multibillionaire oil magnate who once lost an ear in a grisly kidnapping, has died at age 54. His son, actor Balthazar Getty, confirmed Tuesday Feb. 8, 2011 that his father died Saturday Feb. 5, 2011 surrounded by his family at his English mansion in Buckinghamshire, northwest of London. The…

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'He's close to death': Final days of tragic Getty oil heir who was left paralysed by drug-induced stroke 30 years ago

Family: John Paul Getty II with his first wife Gail Harris and their children John Paul Getty III, Aileen Getty and Mark Getty.


November 8, 1973: The right ear of John Paul Getty III, the grandson of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, is delivered to a newspaper along with a ransom note saying "This is Paul’s ear. If we don’t get some money within 10 days, then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive in little bits.".  The message finally convinced J.Paul Getty Sr. to pay $2.9 million in ransom. Getty III was later found alive at a gas station in the province of Potenza on December 15, shortly after the…

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