"The Ransom of Red Chief" is a short story by O. Henry first published in 1907. It follows two kidnappers, Bill and Sam, who capture Johnny, the son of a wealthy man with a plan to raise a large ransom ($1500 was lot of money in 1907). The boy is spoiled, talks non-stop, plays constant jokes on them and demands they play games with him - this drives the kidnappers crazy. They decide to reduce the ransom but on hearing this and knowing his son, the boys father rejects the reduced ransom and instead offers to take the boy off their hands only if they pay him. The kidnappers ultimately end up having to pay the boy's father to take him back.