October 31, 1991 |
The Bride of Dracula, standing perhaps 40 inches tall and weighing about 35 pounds, walked primly down the front steps of the old Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly Saturday afternoon. Calm and composed, there was not even a hint that the vampires, monsters and demons she had just left at the Haunted Dungeon inside had bothered her one bit. Every blond hair beneath her lacy veil was in place. The heavy black makeup ringing her eyes and the white powder covering her face were unmarred by tears.
January 18, 1993 |
Seeking evidence of other victims, police combed the dungeon over the weekend where John Esposito allegedly held Katie Beers captive. Esposito was put on suicide watch after threatening to kill himself. Earth-moving equipment was used yesterday to excavate the dungeon behind Esposito's home in Bay Shore, Long Island, said Lt. Dominick Varrone, who is heading the investigation. Evidence found so far, he said, includes a mattress with "red stains . . . that didn't belong to (Katie)
October 21, 2011 |
The parents of one of the Tacony dungeon captives want to thank their daughter's rescuers and plan to seek custody of her two children, their lawyer said today. Steven G. Wigrizer said 29-year-old victim Tamara Breeden's children are among the 10 children linked to the case and now in the care of the Department of Human Services. He said Breeden's parents, Wilbert and Peggy Wanamaker, who live in Kensington, plan to seek temporary custody of their two grandchildren, believed to be ages 2 and 7. "The Wanamakers want to thank the residents of Longshore Avenue who first noticed and reported the suspicious behavior that led to the rescue of their daughter," Wigrizer, of Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller, said today in a statement.
September 14, 2007 |
Man of La Mancha ran for more than six years (1965-1971) on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards. The big-name movie version followed (Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren), followed in turn by starry stage revival after starry stage revival. So it's hard to believe that any human being on the planet hasn't seen the show, much less a theater critic (who has actually taught Cervantes' Don Quixote), but there it is. So this won't be one of those irritating comparative reviews, since I have nothing to compare this production at the Walnut Street Theatre to. I can safely say it's a good cast with good voices.
September 6, 2015 |
Linda Weston, charged with murder in the Tacony dungeon case, is scheduled to appear in court next week for a "change of plea" hearing. Weston pleaded not guilty in February 2014 after being charged in a 196-count indictment alleging that she and others kidnapped mentally disabled adults and enslaved them to steal their government benefit checks. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in federal court in Philadelphia. Documents accompanying the hearing announcement were sealed. Neither prosecutors nor lawyers representing Weston, 55, could be reached for comment Friday.
October 3, 1998 |
A Bucks County woman accused of operating a sex dungeon in the basement of her pricey Lower Makefield home pleaded guilty yesterday to prostitution and related offenses and was sentenced to one year of probation. Donna Gorton, 50, who is suffering from terminal cancer and whose health is declining, entered the plea before Bucks County Judge Kenneth G. Biehn and was immediately sentenced. Gorton could have faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted on all charges, but consideration was given to her "grave medical situation," said Lisa Backenstoss, the assistant Bucks County district attorney handling the case.
October 21, 2011 |
The parents of one of the Tacony dungeon captives want to thank their daughter's rescuers and plan to seek custody of her two children, their lawyer said today. Steven G. Wigrizer said 29-year-old victim Tamara Breeden's children are among the 10 children linked to the case and now in the care of the Department of Human Services. He said Breeden's parents, Wilbert and Peggy Wanamaker, who live in Kensington, plan to seek temporary custody of their two grandchildren, believed to be ages 2 and 7. Peggy Wanamaker's maiden name is Breeden.
September 10, 2015 |
LINDA ANN WESTON, the accused mastermind of a decadelong scheme to kidnap and keep mentally disabled victims hostage - including four adults found malnourished in a locked Tacony dungeon in 2011 - is expected to plead guilty this morning in federal court. Weston, 55, her then-boyfriend, another man and her daughter were arrested in October 2011 after police discovered the four mentally disabled victims locked in a squalid, urine-reeking sub-basement of an apartment building on Longshore Avenue.
February 2, 2012 |
Whether Texas street preacher Eddie Ray Wright is a victim, like the four people found captive in a Tacony basement - or is part of the alleged conspiracy to steal their government benefits - is a question a Philadelphia jury will decide. After an hour-long second preliminary hearing for Wright on Thursday, Common Pleas Court Judge Paula Patrick ordered Wright held for trial on assault, kidnapping, conspiracy, and related charges. On Oct. 15, police responding to a complaint found four mentally challenged adults - malnourished, abused, and locked in a fetid basement boiler room in the 4700 block of Longshore Avenue.
October 24, 2011 |
Correction: The defendants did not appear in court, as reported earlier. A judge today set Dec. 19 for a daylong preliminary hearing for Linda Ann Weston and her alleged accomplices on charges of enslaving four mentally challenged adults and holding them captive in a dank Tacony boiler room. The defendants did not appear in court for the brief hearing and no pleas were entered. Authorities allege that Weston, 51; her boyfriend Gregory Thomas, 47; and Eddie Wright, 50, held the four in a scheme to collect their Social Security benefits.