Frank Sinatra, Jr. received much media attention in 1963, when he was kidnapped at the age of 19. He was held hostage for 3 days, with the kidnappers demanding ransom for his release. Frank Sinatra, Sr. paid the $240,000 ransom to get his son released.
The kidnappers were caught when one of them confessed to his brother, who then reported him to the FBI. When put on trial, the kidnappers’ attorney tried to argue that the whole event was simply a publicity stunt to help Frank Jr.’s singing career. However, the kidnappers were unable to provide any evidence and were ultimately convicted.
Frank Sinatra, Jr. spoke often about his tumultuous relationship with his famous father. With the elder’s fame and frequent travel, it was difficult for the two to maintain a close relationship.
“He was a good father as much as it was within his power,” Frank Jr. stated. “A famous father means that in order to prove yourself you have to work three times harder than the guy off the street.”
Though he never reached the same level of success as his father, Frank Sinatra, Jr. maintained a steady career as a singer. He understood that timing is everything. “The type of music that was in vogue in society in those days [the early ’60s] had moved on. I was trying to sell antiques in a modern appliance store,” Sinatra, Jr. said.