Kidnaped by the Apache and Comanche: What was like to be Captured by North Americas Most Brutal Indian Tribes?
Children Captured by Apache and Comanche Indians. A True Story of Abduction on the Texas Frontier. With a historian’s rigor and a novelist’s eye, Scott Zesch paints a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier, offering a rare account of captivity. On New Year’s Day in 1870, ten-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comanches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe’s fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years in a cave, all but forgotten by his family. That is, until Scott Zesch stumbled over his own relative’s grave. Determined to understand how such a “good boy” could have become Indianized so completely, Zesch travels across the west, digging through archives, speaking with Comanche elders, and tracking eight other child captives from the region with hauntingly similar experiences. Scott tells the story in this video.