When police first discovered the basement of Linda Ann Weston in the Tacony neighborhood of Philadelphia in 2011, they were horrified. They found a mentally disabled person chained to a furnace and three other adults hiding under filthy blankets and rags. The captives didn’t have access to food or water. Signs of abuse were everywhere, and when police went to the apartment upstairs, they uncovered starved and neglected children who begged not to be taken away for fear of punishment.
Weston kidnapped several people and held them against their will for financial gain in the 2000s. The Linda Ann Weston abuse case also became known as the "Philadelphia Dungeon Kidnapping" and the "Basement of Horrors." While some kidnapping cases are similar to this incident, the details of Weston’s case allowed prosecutors to convict the captor - and her accomplices, including Weston’s daughter - on 196 counts. The state even dropped initial charges so that federal prosecutors could get the group on additional counts of hate crimes and human trafficking.
Tamara Breeden Spoke Out About Her Decade In Weston's Captivity
The Weston 'Family' Stole Over $200,000 From Their Captives
The Victims Were Starved And Forced To Drink Urine In A Basement
She Targeted Mentally Disabled People
Eight Children Were Held Captive
Some Victims Were Family MembersVideo: YouTube