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In the city of Philadelphia four mentally challenged adults were recently found captive in the sub-basement of a Tacony apartment house. The captors Linda Weston, 51, Gregory Thomas, 47, and Eddie Wright, 50, were arrested two weeks ago for the crime.
The alleged ringleader was Weston, who Thomas’ cousin Rob Taylor claims was controlling Thomas with “money and affection.” Upon arrest, Weston had in her possession 50 social security numbers.
Authorities suspect she could have been holding the four adults for at least ten years. The whole thing was a fraud scheme to cash in on their disability checks. This was not Weston’s first criminal offense though. Back in 1981 she served eight years for starving a man to death in her closet.
The four mentally disabled adults, 3 men and 1 woman, ranging in age from 29 to 41, were kept locked up in the sub-basement of Weston’s apartment. They were found by the landlord who went down to investigate after having received reports of suspicious activity.
The victims were found in a room measuring 15-by-15 feet located behind a steel door that was chained shut. At least one victim was chained to the boiler.
Weston, Wright, and Thomas toted there victims across state lines, travelling from Texas, to Florida, to Virginia, and finally to Pennsylvania. Since they crossed state lines, the FBI are taking part in the investigation. Due to the victims’ diminished mental capacity authorities are having difficulties identifying who they are and where they came from.
The three conspirators were charged with kidnap, aggravated assault, trespassing, unlawful restraint, criminal conspiracy, and false imprisonment. Thomas and Wright are being held on $2.5 million bail. It has not been revealed yet if Weston has been arraigned.