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October 28, 2011 | By Allison Steele and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Judge Kevin Dougherty, head of the city's Juvenile and Family Courts, acknowledged Thursday that in 2002 he placed a young girl in the custody of her aunt, convicted murderer Linda Ann Weston - and added that he did so at the recommendation of the Department of Human Services, a child advocate, and the girl's mother. Police say the child, Beatrice Weston, became a prisoner and endured years of severe abuse in her aunt's custody. Beatrice Weston, now 19, was rescued by investigators earlier this month after police discovered that Linda Weston was keeping four mentally disabled adults in a basement dungeon in Tacony and allegedly stealing their Social Security checks.
NEWS
October 27, 2011 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, BARBARA LAKER & JULIE SHAW, rudermw@phillynews.com 215-854-2860
ON A LUMINOUS evening in 1998, Joseph McIntosh stood amid a sweaty, soul-swaying crowd as his idols, Boyz II Men, performed in a free July 4th concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway. For Joseph, then 16, the moment was unforgettable. It was his first taste of freedom and joy since he escaped from a dark and musty Frankford basement, where his mother, Linda Ann Weston, kept him chained for months at a time, feeding him nothing but ramen noodles and Kool-Aid laced with drugs that made him groggy.
NEWS
October 27, 2011 | By Allison Steele and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia police are investigating the 2005 death of a 59-year-old woman who lived with accused serial abuser and convicted murderer Linda Ann Weston. Detectives following the trail left by Weston, 51, and her boyfriend, Gregory Thomas, on Wednesday visited a home on Glenview Street in Northeast Philadelphia, according to a resident of the building. Thomas, 47, once listed an address at that location. Derrick Middleton, who has rented the home since 2008, on Wednesday said detectives photographed the basement and garage.
NEWS
October 26, 2011 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mother of a 13-year-old runaway in West Palm Beach, Fla., has identified her daughter as yet another captive of Linda Ann Weston. In a telephone interview Tuesday, Barbara Dameus said Weston held and brutalized her daughter for nearly two months in a home she rented in West Palm Beach. "She was allowed to eat once a week," Dameus said of her daughter. "She was allowed to bathe once a week. "She told me there were so many kids there. They burned her with cigarette burns when she didn't do what she was told.
NEWS
October 26, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Before a scrum of reporters, attorney George Yacoubian Jr. stated the obvious: His client's mental state is a matter of debate. Yacoubian represents Linda Ann Weston, the 51-year-old ex-con charged with kidnapping and torturing four malnourished intellectually disabled adults who were found locked and chained inside a Tacony cellar. The crime scene rivaled Gary Heidnik's House of Horrors. After a status hearing Monday, Yacoubian expressed concern with Weston's inability to "have an intelligent conversation" and communicate with him about the case.
NEWS
October 25, 2011
THE ATTORNEY for Linda Ann Weston said yesterday that he might seek to have his client's mental competency investigated. George Yacoubian told reporters after a brief court status hearing - during which a Dec. 19 preliminary hearing date was set for Weston and her three co-defendants - that he had visited Weston in prison and that "overall, she's fatigued; she appears to be in relatively good spirits. " When asked if he would raise a competency issue, he said, "There's a possibility for that.
NEWS
October 24, 2011 | BY BARBARA LAKER, lakerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5933
CHEVELLE McGill was thrilled back in 2008 when neighbor Linda Ann Weston told her that she could adopt a 2-year-old girl whom Weston called her own. McGill cared for the girl she called "Little L" for a few months in her rowhouse on A Street near Westmoreland, in Kensington, waiting for Weston to file adoption papers. " 'Yeah, yeah, we'll get it done,' " Weston told her, according to McGill. Then, shortly before Christmas, Weston packed up her belongings and disappeared, McGill said.
NEWS
October 23, 2011 | By Mike Newall and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
Vicky Weston said Saturday that she and her sister, convicted murderer Linda Ann Weston, went before a Family Court judge several times in 2003 and 2004 to decide custody of Vicky's young daughter, Beatrice. At the time, Vicky Weston was recovering from a head injury. Another relative was watching Beatrice but was not sending her to school, Vicky Weston said. Despite Linda Weston's past - she was convicted in 1984 of starving a man to death and served about four years in prison - Vicky Weston trusted her sister to take care of Beatrice.
NEWS
October 21, 2011 | BY BARBARA LAKER & WENDY RUDERMAN, lakerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5933
AFTER LINDA ANN Weston got paroled from prison, where she served about four years for locking her sister's boyfriend in a closet and starving him to death, the just-freed convicted murderer marched into Family Court. She wanted her kids back. And the court gave them to her. "We were all in the [DHS] system," Weston's son Joseph McIntosh, now 29, told the Daily News yesterday. "She went through the system to get all her kids back. " The city Department of Human Services had placed Joseph and at least three siblings - Jane, James and Raymond - with relatives.
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