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November 4, 2011 | BY JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
LINDA ANN WESTON is not expected to be charged with murder in the 2008 death of a woman in Virginia, police there said yesterday. Norfolk police spokesman Chris Amos said that a review of Maxine Lee's death, which could be completed today, shows that Lee died of natural causes - specifically bacterial meningitis - as previously ruled. "We're not going to fabricate something," he said. "There's nothing there. We're not going to charge her with murder. " He said that homicide investigators reviewed the medical examiner's report, previous statements given to police and other paperwork.
NEWS
November 3, 2011 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Investigators probing the dark past of convicted murderer and alleged serial abuser Linda Ann Weston are now looking at cases of anyone who died while in close contact with Weston over the years, including her own mother, according to multiple sources close to the investigation. Weston's siblings have said their mother, whom they identified as Alice Collier, died in the 1970s. The death was apparently from natural causes related to kidney failure, one relative said. But Philadelphia police are now looking at that death, along with those of other people who died under circumstances not previously regarded as suspicious.
NEWS
October 28, 2011 | BY BARBARA LAKER & WENDY RUDERMAN, lakerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5933
AS FAMILY COURT'S top judge, Kevin Dougherty has taken on all custody-related matters in the horrific Tacony dungeon case. Dougherty is not unfamiliar with Linda Ann Weston, the woman accused of imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in a grimy sub-basement in a scheme to collect their Social Security disability checks. Nor is he unfamiliar with Weston's niece, Beatrice, who allegedly endured years of torture under her aunt's care. In 2002, Dougherty was the judge who gave Weston, a convicted murderer, custody of Beatrice.
NEWS
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 28, 2011
SHORTLY after Linda Ann Weston was paroled from a state penitentiary for intentionally locking a man in a closet and starving him to death, a Family Court judge didn't hesitate to award her custody of her children. A few years later, Family Court awarded Weston custody of her niece. Recently, her niece was found locked in a closet, burned and beaten so savagely that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey - who has worked in law enforcement for more than 40 years - was amazed she survived. She'd reportedly been held captive for the past decade.
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 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 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.
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