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Thursday
Oct202011

Dungeon Leader Terrorized Own Family, Brother Claims

Linda Weston (L). (Philadelphia Police Dept)(PHILADELPHIA) -- Accused basement dungeon ring-leader Linda Weston terrorized her younger brothers and sisters, forcing them into incest and prostitution, her family said Thursday.

Linda Weston's siblings were still so frightened of her that they spoke only on the condition that their names not be revealed.

"She would force my younger brothers and sisters to have sex. She would have sex with my other brothers and sisters," a brother told ABC News affiliate WPVI. "She said, 'Look, make them have babies, we can get more money.' It could be a brother or sister in her care."

Weston, 51, is charged with being the ring-leader in a kidnapping and illegal imprisonment case for locking four mentally handicapped adults in a basement with no food or bathrooms, beating and torturing a niece of hers whom she kept locked in the closet, and stealing the identities of more than 50 people.

Family members told WPVI that it was the first time they had all been together in over 20 years after breaking free from the control of their sister.

"By calling her evil is speaking nice of her," the brother said.

The family says they did not go to police because they were in fear of their sister.

"We were beyond terrified. We knew what she was capable of doing, so we never challenged any of it," a brother said.

Also charged with the basement dungeon crimes are Weston's daughter Jean McIntire, 39, Weston's boyfriend, Thomas Gregory, 47, and Eddie Wright, 49.

Philadelphia police said they are working to identify other possible victims of Weston's schemes.

They are also investigating whether Weston forced the mentally handicapped victims in the basement to have sex with one another, which produced two children, ages 2 and 5. Police said the 2-year-old was so malnourished it had the appearance of a 6-month-old.

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Wednesday
Oct192011

Ten Children Found in Connection with Philadelphia Dungeon Case

Philadelphia Police Dept(PHILADELPHIA) -- Ten children have been located and taken into protective custody by police investigating the alleged imprisonment of four adults in a Philadelphia dungeon, police said Wednesday.

In addition, a fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with the dungeon case.

The suspect's name was not released but she was described as the daughter of Linda Weston, 51, the accused ringleader of the scheme. The suspect will be charged with the illegal imprisonment of four mentally handicapped adults kept in a basement with no food or bathroom. They were reportedly held captive for at least 10 days.

Linda Weston, 51, her boyfriend, Gregory Thomas, 47, and a man named Eddie Wright, 49, were arrested and charged on Sunday, following the discovery of the individuals by the building's landlord. Police have not yet released the girl's name.

The 10 children were found Tuesday night at a different location in Philadelphia from the house that contained the basement dungeon, but are believed to have been in Weston's custody. Police say they acted on a tip from Florida authorities to locate the group.

One girl is believed to be 19-year-old Beatrice Weston, the niece of Linda Weston, who has been reported missing since 2009, and was said to have been physically abused.

Two young children found by police may be the biological children of one of the imprisoned adults, according to police.

Police are trying to identify the rest of the group, including three other young adults and four other children. Weston and Gregory's son, Thomas Gregory, Jr., was not among those taken into custody and has not been arrested in connection with the crimes either.

Benita Rodriguez, a 15-year-old girl from Florida who traveled to Philadelphia to be with Thomas Gregory, Jr., was found by police on Monday. The girl told her mother during a phone call that once she arrived in Philadelphia, Weston would not let her contact anyone back home, according to ABC News affiliate WPBF.

A task force is working around the clock to try and locate as many as 50 victims of the alleged fraud and kidnapping ring that is said to have spanned a number of states including Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and now Pennsylvania.

The four defendants are believed to have moved from Texas to Florida to Philadelphia with the kidnapped individuals, fleeing each place when authorities began to close in on them, according to Florida authorities.

Police identified the victims as Derwin McLemire, 41, of North Carolina; Herbert Knowles, 40 of Virginia; and Tamara Breeden, 29, and Edwin Sanabria, 31, both of Philadelphia.

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