Muffy Crosswire was kidnapped by Pickles the Clown on March 16, 2015, and held for ransom. Muffy's parents eventually gave into the ransom on June 7, 2015, after months of refusal.


On March 16, 2015, Muffy Crosswire was sitting in her room on her computer, on the social media website, El-Chat. Muffy began to chat with a user named NotPickles666. The conversation escalated, and Muffy expresssed interest in meeting NotPickles666 in reality. NotPickles666 replied "I'm already here". Muffy turned around, and saw that Pickles the Clown, an insane mass murder, was sitting directly behind her. Pickles picked Muffy up, wrote the ransom note, and left the mansion. Ed Crosswire, Muffy's father, later found the letter. The contents of the ransom lettr were:

"If you ever want to see your precious brat again, give me your mansion and all your money, [heart] Pickles"
—Ransom letter written by Pickles the Clown

Originally, Ed and his wife, Millicent Crosswire, did not react and did not pay the ransom. On June 7, 2015, the Crosswires received a call from Pickles demanding the ransom money. Millicent agreed to pay, and they met up at a local Starbucks Coffee. At Starbucks, Ed gave Pickles the money, and Pickles gave the parents Muffy. After Pickles left, he discovered that the money was counterfeit "Crosswire Bux".