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- "I've got your precious Maria. If you don't want her face to look like she fell out with the butcher, bring $500,000 to the Villa at Cedar Grove."
- ―Catalina's Letter
Ransom is the penultimate mission in Grand Theft Auto III. It is automatically triggered following the completion of the S.A.M. mission for Asuka Kasen and is started by protagonist Claude on a construction site in Fort Staunton, Staunton Island, Liberty City.
Claude enters the construction site's elevator and, after reaching the top floor, finds Miguel and Asuka Kasen dead and Maria Latore taken hostage. Claude takes a ransom letter from Catalina from a pole, which Miguel is impaled on, and reads it, walking back to the elevator quickly.
The reward for "completing" this mission is $45,000 and the unlocking of the game's final storyline mission, The Exchange.