Dora McCain, survivor of infamous bank robbery, dies

From KPLC Staff:

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was a crime that shocked Lake Charles and remained in the headlines for decades. A 1961 bank robbery and kidnapping that left one bank teller dead. Now, the last surviving kidnap victim has died. Dora McCain passed away Thursday at age 79.

McCain and two other bank employees were kidnapped after the robbery by Wilbert Rideau. McCain was shot during an escape attempt, and survived by playing dead. But another employee, Julia Ferguson was killed.

The case lead to a legal drama that lasted 44 years, it ended after Rideau's fourth trial. He was convicted of manslaughter and released for time served in 2005.

Visitation for Dora McCain is Sunday from 5pm to 7pm at Hixson's Funeral Home on Ryan Street in Lake Charles. The funeral is Monday at 11:00am at University Methodist Church on Patrick Street in Lake Charles.

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