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Thursday 8th of November 1973

49 years ago It Was Paul's First Ear

An envelope containing a lock of hair, a human ear, and a threat from the kidnappers of 17-year-old playboy John Paul Getty arrives at the daily newspaper Il Messagero in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

The letter read "This is Paul's first ear. If within ten days the family still believes that this is a joke mounted by him, then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive in little bits." Getty's health began to decline rapidly as his wound became infected, combined with pneumonia caused by the cold winter temperatures which were descending. His captors were alarmed at this sudden decline and gave him large doses of penicillin to treat the infection which caused him to develop an allergy to the antibiotic and further affected his health.