Recently, California couple was arrested for holding captive thirteen of their children. Unfortunately, there were other similar cases when adults and children were imprisoned.
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1. Turpin family
In California, parents have been holding 13 of their children on a chain for many years. The oldest of them is 29 years old.
The police became aware of the case when one of the kids, a 17-year-old girl, managed to escape and call 911.
Arrived immediately, the police found children chained to their beds in a dark room, exhausted, malnourished and dirty.
The couple posted on Facebook several photos from their wedding and seemed to be “a normal family”, as their neighbors stated.
2. Kala Brown’s case
Kala Brown was kidnapped and chained up inside a metal storage container by the serial killer, Todd Kohlhepp, for two months.
The woman stated she was raped “twice a day, every day” and was threatened to be killed in case she tried to escape.
Kala Brown, a victim:
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3. Fritzl case
In the Austrian city of Amstetten, a 73-year-old man raped his own daughter Elizabeth for 24 years locked in a cellar.
The daughter, who at the time of rescue was 42 years old, gave birth to seven his children, one child died after childbirth.
About the tragedy became known by accident. One of those children, who was kept in the cellar, a 19-year-old girl, with a rare illness needed urgent hospitalization.
Somehow, Elizabeth managed to convince her father to take her to the hospital, where the man was arrested.
4. Kidnapping of Colleen Stan
From 1977 to 1984 Collin Stan was held captive under the name of Carol Smith by Cameron and Janice Hooker in Northern California.
Colleen was locked and left to sleep in a wooden box that looked like a coffin under the bed that Hooker’s couple shared.
During the captivity, she was systematically tortured and raped. But when she had the chance to escape, she stayed and even signed the “slave agreement”, and wrote letters saying that she was in love with Cameron Hooker.
She was released by his wife, Janice, but, nevertheless, kept calling Cameron and stated she was in love with him. Stockholm Syndrome in real life…?
5. “The monster of Mariquita”
The Alvarez incest case was solved when 59-year-old Arcedio Alvarez was arrested for imprisoning and abusing his daughter Alba Nidia Alvarez.
The girl was held captive for 25 years, beginning from when she was 9 years old. She also gave birth to 14 children, six of them died.
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