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TUESDAY 16TH APRIL 2002: Randsom note posted
Terence left Baby Kahu and went out to post his ransom demands to Donna Hall. He believed that the Durie’s wouldn’t miss three million dollars considering the amount that the Rich List had quoted that the family had to their name.
Having lost his own son in a tractor accident, at only five years of age no doubt he believed that no parent would want to risk their baby’s life. Worse came to worse, he thought he would hold out for the ransom payment until the end of June and then if there was no response, he would return her. Of course his ransom note did not indicate this at all. Reaching Hamilton he posted the letter to the Durie/Hall address back in Lower Hutt.

Two days later, Terence read the personal ad’s in the Herald. He quickly located the ad he had been looking for. It read 'Tomme. Bunnies are ready to run. Call me on (cell phone number)' After reading this Terence once again left Baby Kahu on her own and drove to Te Awamutu to call Donna Hall. It appeared that everything was going well for him. He kept his call to Donna less then one minute to avoid being traced and after checking that the money was ready and reiterating the contents of the ransom note, he said he would call her in a couple of days.

While he was at the phone box he thought he might also call some friends.

As the police intercepted the ransom note from the Durie/Hall letterbox on the 17th April, it was just the break they were waiting for. The letter included five Polaroid photos of Baby Kahu sitting on a couch with a newspaper article relating to the kidnapping pinned behind her. The note assured that Baby Kahu was fine and that the kidnapper required 3 million dollars.

This was to be broken up in the following manner, One million dollars in hundred dollar notes, one million dollars in fifty dollar notes and one million dollars in one and two dollar coins. The note also said that if the ransom was not complete or the police were involved in any manner, Donna would never see her baby again. It also included the details of the ad that Donna should place in the Herald, when the ransom money was ready.

After receiving the 1st phone call from the kidnapper, the police were able to trace the payphone from which the call was made. When the location of the phone was revealed, the police then looked at the other calls that were made directly after it. Locating the kidnappers address they waited for his next move.

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Terence left Baby Kahu and went out to post his ransom demands to Donna Hall. He believed that the Durie’s wouldn’t miss three million dollars considering the amount that the Rich List had quoted that the family had to their name.

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