On this day in 1969, Supremes member Cindy Birdsong was kidnapped.
Birdsong was attacked in her Hollywood apartment when a crazed man had appeared with a butcher knife, the intruder had forced Birdsong by knife to tie up her fiancé (soon, future husband) and another companion. The knife-wielding man then directed the three into Birdsong’s car with him. After being forced to spend 30 minutes driving around hostage in the vehicle, Birdsong couldn’t take one more second of it and apparently reached for his knife, cutting her own hands in the process. Birdsong finally escaped by unlocking the door and jumping out of the car in the middle of a freeway.
Scared to death Birdsong had run into incoming traffic for help.
The man was arrested four days later. The intruder turned out to be a maintenance man at Birdsong’s apartment building who was planning to hold her for ransom. Following the incident, newspaper articles appeared which revealed Birdsong’s real age which was much older than her fellow bandmates, causing a small scandal.
Side note: When Birdsong asked the kidnapper if he planned on raping her, he replied : “Don’t flatter yourself.”