Kidnap and Ransom have been used as a means of extortion for millennia.
During the 1st century B.C. many noble Romans were kidnapped by pirates but they made a mistake with Julius Caesar.
During his kidnapping, the future Roman “Dictator perpetuus” treated his captures as subordinates and actually insisted that they increase their original ransom demand. On his release, he promised his captures that he would return – to their surprise, he did and crucified every one of them every hundred metres along the Appian Way. […]