Sunday, October 16, 2011

Four Mentally Disabled Texans Found Chained In Philadelphia Basement

I am so appalled by this that I am just going to quote the Houston Chronicle:
Three people have been charged following the discovery of four malnourished mentally disabled adults chained to a boiler in a locked northeast Philadelphia basement room that was too small for an adult to stand up straight and also reeked of waste from the buckets they used to relieve themselves, police said Sunday. The 29-year-old woman and the men, who are 31, 35, and 41, have the mental capacity of 10-year-olds, police said. They were taken to a hospital for treatment and listed in stable condition. Little said the victims, whose names were not released, appeared to have no physical problems other than malnourishment.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the four captives apparently came from Texas, lived for a year with at least one of the captors in West Palm Beach, Fla.; then arrived in Philadelphia around Oct. 4. Interviewing the victims has been difficult and it was not clear whether Texas was their home or just a stop on their odyssey as prisoners.
Charges of criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and related offenses were filed Sunday against Linda Ann Weston, 51, and Thomas Gregory, 47, both of Philadelphia, as well as Eddie Wright, 49, officially listed as homeless but originally from Texas. Listed numbers for the defendants could not be found Sunday and it was unclear whether they had attorneys. Police are investigating the possibility that the suspects were trying to make money through access to the victims' Social Security or disability checks, police said. It wasn't clear how they know the victims.
This to me is just one microcosmic example of how low Americans will stoop in order to steal money. What a disgusting example of greed. From the bankers on Wallstreet to the homeless from Texas and Philadelphia, I am appalled by how the desperate need for money has made taking advantage of less fortunate people the status quo.  

The exterior of the apartment building on Longshore Avenue where police found four adults being held chained. via The Philadelphia Inquirer

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