Letterman Kidnapper's History
David Letterman will not
be taping his show today. Instead, the "Late
Show" star is learning chilling new facts
about the man who is accused of plotting to kidnap
his pride and joy.
Just two months ago, a beaming Letterman showed home
videos of his 1-year-old boy taking his first steps.
But now, the host is feeling a parent's anguish, after
police told him that a man named Kelly Allen Frank was
plotting to kidnap his child and demand $5 million in
Frank reportedly had taken photos of Letterman's
Montana ranch, and he even had a key and was composing
a ransom note.
Here is the fact file on Frank: he's a 43-year-old
divorcee with two young sons. He's a house painter,
who worked on the comedian's 2,700-acre ranch.
And now we've uncovered why Frank was on probation.
Only "Extra" has the court documents
of Frank's 1998 case where he was charged and
convicted of stalking a woman. Rape charges were
filed but later dismissed. This frightening passage
was included in the case file: "He has hurt
her and has threatened to hurt others in her family
if she did not continue the relationship."
We caught up with a man named Chris who worked
with Frank on several jobs. He claims Frank was
a crook who routinely ripped off customers. In
fact, one of the charges in the Letterman case
is that he overcharged the star at least $1,000
for house painting.
"I'm glad he got nailed," Chris said.
"I hope he gets the maximum sentence."
Letterman and Regina Lasko, the mother of his
child, have considered their Montana ranch their
retreat from the world since 1999. But even there,
in rural America, danger can follow. And that
point is not lost on stars like Lisa Rinna, who
performed in Thursday night's Los Angeles run
of "The Vagina Monologues."
"Being a mother of two young girls, every
day I pray," Rinna told us.
And Teri Hatcher revealed that the news made it
hard for her to leave her child: "Actually
I said to my daughter before I left to come here
tonight, 'I want to thank you for letting me do
And tonight, David Letterman is thankful that
his child is safe and sound, taking steps in front
of the loving gaze of his parents.