Woman Coops Disbaled People Up For 10 Years To Live On Their Benefits

A woman who kept ten mentally ill people in her dungeon where she tortured and starved them to benefit from their their disability check, has been given life in prison.

Linda Weston and her accomplices abused their victims, including six adults and four children, at homes in Philadelphia, Texas, Virginia and Florida over a ten-year period.

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The woman  convinced them to move into the homes and then locked them in basements or attics to collect their disability and social security cheques.

During their confinement the disabled were sedated with drugs, deprived of food and medical care and forced to use buckets for toilets and bathrooms. When some of them tried to escape or stole some food they were brutally punished.

The entrance to the dank basement room in Philadelphia where four weak and malnourished mentally disabled adults, one chained to the boiler, were found locked inside

The entrance to the dank basement room in Philadelphia where four weak and malnourished mentally disabled adults, one chained to the boiler, were found locked inside

“Weston and others punished them by slapping, punching, kicking, stabbing, burning and hitting them with closed hands, belts, sticks, bats and hammers or other objects, including the butt of a pistol,” prosecutors said.

This photo shows the sub-basement room in Philadelphia where four weak and malnourished mentally disabled adults, one chained to the boiler, were found locked inside

This photo shows the sub-basement room in Philadelphia where four weak and malnourished mentally disabled adults, one chained to the boiler, were found locked inside

The captives ordeal ended only when a Weston’s neighbour alerted police about suspicious activity in a nearby building and they were freed. Unfortunately, two of the imprisoned women died of starvation and bacterial infections between 2001 and 2011.

The victims say they were confined like 'zoo animals,' often in the dark, in basements, attics and closets at various times between 2001 and 2011

The victims say they were confined like ‘zoo animals,’ often in the dark, in basements, attics and closets at various times between 2001 and 2011

In court Weston pleaded guilty to all 196 counts against her, which included murder in aid of racketeering, sex trafficking and kidnapping. Other defendants have pleaded guilty in the case and two others are awaiting trial.

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