Fatal Kidnapping of VA Woman From Mall: Were Any Businesses Liable?


The fatal kidnapping of Barbara “Bobbie” Bosworth of Virginia from a shopping mall in 2008 raises questions about whether various businesses bore any responsibility for her death, as opposed to the actual kidnappers, says the Washington Post. Bosworth was abducted while walking to her car, an killed when her teenage attackers crashed her car into a tree. Her husband sued owners of the mall, its security company, and a convenience store who did nothing to help Bosworth while she was in distress. The case was settled this week.

The Post reports that the fake gun used in the case was stolen from The Sports Authority at the mall with the help of an employee, that the convenience store refused to allow witnesses to call 911, and that the mall security company said it had no duty to protect Bosworth. Virginia law says property owners are not responsible for the criminal acts of a third party. The dollar amount of the settlement is not yet public.

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