An almost identical story, in the form of a Hollywood comedy, is set to be released on Aug. 12. The film, "30 Minutes or Less," stars "The Social Network's" Jesse Eisenberg as a pizza boy who is kidnapped by two criminals who strap a bomb to him and tell him to rob a bank or else they will kill him.
Television shows including Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Hawaii 5-0 have portrayed similar story lines and these episodes have aired in Australia as recently as December 2010 and April of this year.
At a news conference today, William Pulver thanked police and emergency services for keeping his daughter safe throughout the ordeal. Four officers, including bomb specialists and police negotiators, were inside the house with the teenager to keep her calm as they examined the device. Madeleine relayed a special message to these officers through her father.
"Maddy particularly wanted to thank those officers who spent many long hours sitting with her showing little regard for their own personal safety," William Pulver said. "They know who they are and she is incredibly grateful. Thank you."