Nothing Tickles Brooklynites Like Fake Ransom Demands

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Where are you, Bongo?

The calls have been pouring in to Jack Zinzi and Bonni Marcus, the possibly romantically involved couple that recently lost their beloved monkey-son Bongo in Park Slope. Unfortunately for them, though, many of the callers are not entirely helpful:


"If you ever want to see Bongo alive again, leave $1 million under the Brooklyn Bridge," one caller threatened on Bonni Marcus' voicemail.

Others veered from menacing to vulgar, leaving such messages as "I have your monkey, and I cut it up and took out his stuffing," and "I have your monkey; its [sic] in my pants."

Messing with people looking for lost plush toys seems to be a popular Brooklyn pastime. A couple of months ago, a Cobble Hill mom trying to find her 2-year-old's beloved bear blanket had a similar experience when a flier appeared demanding a ransom of "$10,000 of gluten-free cupcakes" delivered to the park. "I’ll be dressed as a pregnant woman with a baby in a stroller," the kidnapper's note continued. "My accomplice will be wearing a T-shirt, baseball cap, cargo shorts and mandrals. We’ll be obsessing over our toddler.”

Clever! Clearly, this is not the same person who claimed to have Bongo "in my pants."

Ransom monkey business [NYP]