Mentally Challenged Victims Held Hostage for Social Security Checks
This is evil;
Three people - including a woman who served eight years in prison for starving to death a man held in the closet of her North Philadelphia apartment in 1981 - were charged Sunday with holding four mentally challenged adults chained in the cellar
of a Tacony apartment house for weeks in an alleged scheme to steal their Social Security checks
The alleged victims - three men and a woman ranging in age from 29 to 41
- were treated for malnutrition and put in the care of mental-health officials. Police said they were being interviewed with the help of mental-health experts.
adults - lying in their own filth
in the 10-by-15-foot room
- could not answer him, Gozleveli said. One man's left ankle was chained to a boiler pipe, he said. There were bathroom buckets, but no food except a container of orange juice.
The four, all severely mentally challenged
, Gozleveli said, looked like "they did not know what world they were living [in]."
Three charged after four are found chained in Philadelphia | Philadelphia Inquirer | 10/17/2011