I don’t even know where to begin with this story. It’s a horrible tale of depravity, and it gets worse by the hour as more facts come to light. There are creatures that walk among us, passing as fellow humans, that embody pure evil. A quick death is too gentle a punishment for them, but that’s all we can do.
One of four mentally handicapped people found chained in a Philadelphia basement over the weekend was reported missing in 2005, but the case was closed by police, myFOXphilly.com reported Monday.
The woman found in the basement was identified by myFOXphilly.com as 29-year-old Tamara Breeden. Her family reported her missing in 2005. A Philadelphia detective closed her case last year even though she had not been found. The other three victims were between the ages of 29 and 41. All four victims were said to have the mental capacity of 10-year-olds, making it difficult for authorities to identify them and notify their families.
Three of four of the victims say they were abused and kept captive by the woman charged with kidnapping and falsely imprisoning them.
Knowles was shackled to a boiler and says he was hit by one of the two men arrested with Weston, who’s jailed and can’t be reached for comment.
Dozens of pieces of identification and power of attorney documents were also discovered, indicating a possible wide-ranging fraud scheme, police said Monday.
Investigators are still processing the documents and reaching out to authorities in multiple jurisdictions while they try to find the family of one of the victims rescued Saturday from what police called deplorable conditions, Lt. Ray Evers told The Associated Press.
Evers said Weston is suspected of running a long-standing fraud operation. Authorities say Weston and two other suspects may have been holding the four people found in the basement hostage and collecting their disability checks.
“Without a doubt, this is just the beginning of this investigation,” Evers said.
The victims were rescued from the basement of the northeast Philadelphia apartment building on Saturday after the landlord shined a flashlight behind a steel door that had been chained shut.
The space was too small for an adult to stand up straight and reeked of waste from the buckets the victims used to relieve themselves, according to police.
Four mentally disabled people and three dogs in a shit filled 15x15 cell in a basement. Filth encrusted, on the edge of starvation, and beaten severely repeatedly. And they’d been that way for years. YEARS. Kept so long that the cases were closed on some of them. So that these sick bastards could collect their disability checks. What, is there NO COOPERATION in government? Was all that Patriot Act stuff just smoke and mirrors? HOW HARD CAN IT BE to find these people if their checks are still being issued and cashed each month???
And the story gets worse by the hour.
PHILADELPHIA - Fox 29 has learned Philadelphia horror house suspect Linda Weston might have abused as many as four mentally challenged people for 11 years.
Weston and two others face numerous charges after the four people were found in a sub-basement in a Northeast Philadelphia house on Saturday. Some were reportedly in chains.
Fox 29’s Dave Kinchen says his source believes suspect Linda Ann Weston abused the four mentally challenged people for the 11-year period, holding them as hostages and allegedly stealing their social security checks.
And who is this Weston woman? Why, my goodness, she’s a jailbird, who served 8 years in the can for starving some other man to death!
The ringleader of a gang charged with chaining four malnourished mentally disabled adults in a basement previously served eight years for starving someone to death, it has been revealed.
It’s coming to light that this crew of psychopaths may be part of a larger ring. Let’s hope that this case cracks that egg wide open. From what I can glean, this bunch had moved their prisoners from Texas to Florida, and then north to Philly only 2 weeks ago.
Linda Ann Weston, 51, the alleged ringleader behind the Philiadelphia ‘house of horror chain dungeon,’ was convicted of starving Bernardo Ramos 25, to death after he refused to support her sister’s unborn child, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Police believe the trio may have been part of an interstate conspiracy to obtain the government support checks of mentally disabled people.
The alleged ringleader, Linda Ann Weston, 51, previously served eight years in prison for starving Bernardo Ramos, 25, to death after he refused to support her sister’s unborn child, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Weston’s boyfriend, Thomas Gregory, 47, and homeless man Eddie Wright, 49, were also arrested Sunday. Each suspect was charged with criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, and other related charges.
Late Sunday night, Gregory and Wright were arraigned and held on $2.5 million bail each, while Weston was still being processed, WPVI-TV reported.
Police say they expect more charges to be filed as they continue investigating the trio’s scheme that they believe stretches back at least a year and reaches as far as Florida and Texas.
There is some good news though. ANOTHER missing person has been located, a 15 year old girl kidnapped in Florida. And whaddya know, the suspect is THE SON of one of the three arrested. In other words, kidnapping people and imprisoning them to collect their disability checks IS A FAMILY BUSINESS, with the added thrill of torture and probably sexual abuse thrown in for shits and giggles.
Missing Florida Girl Connected To Horror Case
A 15-year-old girl reported missing in Florida has been found in Northeast Philadelphia. According to Philly.com, Benita Rodriguez was located Monday by police. The girl was last seen at her Palm Beach, Fla., home on July 4th. A Florida television station is reporting that Rodriguez was last seen with the son of one of the suspects in the ongoing house of horrors case here in Philadelphia, Gregory Thomas Jr. Three people have been arrested in that case, including Gregory Thomas Sr.
Thomas and two others are facing a host of charges, including holding four mentally challenged people hostage in the basement of a Philadelphia apartment building. Before moving here on Oct. 3, the suspects had lived in Florida.
Near the West Palm Beach home they had lived in before coming here, neighbors say they would see the alleged victims with bruises or other injuries. But they didn’t think the people they lived with had caused them.
The homeowner says Weston had several disabled children living with her in the home. The homeowner also says the suspects left $50,000 worth of damage when they were evicted in June.
This story gets more complex by the days. Police are still finding out new facts, new evidence and new twists in this alleged Social Security scam and creepy kidnapping of mentally-challenged people.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says the case likely goes well beyond the four victims found. It could include as many as 50 more, for whom documents have been found in Weston’s possession. Some may be missing. Some may have died and been dumped somewhere.
The four victims were found Saturday by the landlord. They were locked in the sub-basement of the Tacony apartment building. On Monday, police gave the media its first inside that building’s “dungeon” basement, where the four were kept for 10 days. One of them was chained to a rusty old boiler.
Reporters noted the lack of light, the lack of fresh air, and that the bucket that had been used by the four as a bathroom had not been emptied or moved.
“It’s inhumane. It’s terrible. And for someone to do that to another human being is very, very disturbing,” Ramsey said outside the building. “… There is some indication that, as law enforcement or human services or some … government agency got close, they would move and change location. So that, literally, could keep this going on for – well, it did, for years. We just don’t know how long some of these individuals have been with her: one individual, sometime earlier this year; another, maybe as long as five or six years.”
50 others? Going on for years? Neighbors who saw the abused and never said a word? This is just the tip of the iceberg. There have to be more people involved than just these 3. How many thousands of other missing are being held as slaves, or worse, so that some sick creeps can steal their pitiful checks? Is there some kind of national network of psychopaths? An Idiot’s Guide To Dungeons For Fun & Profit? A slaver’s union? How is it that our super duty all-knowing government continues to send out checks for these missing people, but no red lights go off when those checks get cashed?
And how is it that you can starve a man to death for revenge and only get 8 years in jail? That’s murder by torture, and should carry the death penalty or at least life imprisonment.
More links in the comments section, and those links have plenty of pictures and videos. This is beyond appalling. I don’t know how to respond, but it involves pitchforks, torches, and bayonets.
Why don’t we start with keeping them in the same conditions they kept their victims for the same amount of time. That time could count toward their untimate sentence.
I wonder what thei fellow Negroes have to say about all this....
This is simply ONE case - going around the entire US - can you imagine how many people are being taken advantaged of like this and yet, the SSA, does nothing. Don’t police talk to the SSA when people like this go missing? Doesn’t a single family member say - oh by the way - they receive SSD? Corruption, incompetence and fraud abound and people just go tsk, tsk, tsk.
Personally I met a woman - mother of my younger daughter’s friend (2nd grade, ages ago) who attempted the same thing - the (victim) young woman was stupid mostly - she had been in the Army for a short time - couldn’t cope (big surprise) and this ‘religious’ family took her in. Mom wanted desperately to get her SSI checks signed over to them. As she was from a foreign country (Thailand) she asked me to call SSA - after the SSA woman stopped laughing she said No (another big surprise). You should have heard the tongue lashing (I say that as this Thai woman ‘claimed’ to be religious and did not cuss and said Praise the Lord every other sentence) after I told her (which is what I said originally when she asked me) what SSA said. I was like - get her to sign a lease/rent deal, if she is going to continue to live with you - you can’t get her check made out to you. I found out that the young woman wanted to leave - which is why the Mom was so desperate to get the check signed over to them. Another income with no work. It happens all the time.
SSA, the police, families, politicians and the voters do nothing but say tsk, tsk, tsk.
Under Obamacare I would bet these poor victims would become victims again - in front of the Death Panels.
Bite Me - It’s our tax dollars and innocent human beings being squandered and defrauded.
Oh yeah - got on a roll and forgot this point. How is it that the ‘landlord’ can conveniently not notice (super, workman etc - come on in 11 years not a thing is fixed in the basement - they can say run down but in those pictures I did not see run down from the outside) - people & animals locked in the basement ever? Smell, noise, anything at all?
I wonder if a bit of the money went his way to keep him quiet. It will be interesting to see where this story goes.