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Kidnapped Dreams

Why two Israelis lost their lives in the California desert.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community_briefs/article/kidnapped_dreams_20031003

Ben Wertzberger dreamed of moving to Las Vegas to start a new life. Tired, sick and impoverished, the 24-year-old Israeli packed his DJ equipment on Dec. 2, 2002, and together with his childhood friend, Adar Neeman, prepared to head to the Las Vegas to break into the club scene. But Wertzberger and Neeman never made it to Las Vegas. After a six-month investigation, on Sept. 21 the FBI discovered the two boys' bodies buried in a shallow grave in Barstow, a desert town 150 miles north east of Los Angeles, on the way to Las Vegas. Last week, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted Shane Huang, 34, and Benjamin Frandsen, 29, for kidnapping that resulted in death. The two men will be arraigned on Oct. 6, and, if convicted, face a possible death sentence.

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