A young woman, Katie Beers, now 34, has revealed how she was kidnapped by a family friend when she was 9 years old and kept hidden away in a concrete dungeon where she was sexually abused for 17 days and made to sleep inside a makeshift coffin.
She said the years of sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her godmother’s husband prepared her for the ordeal; she was abducted by John Esposito in 1992 who lured her in with a promise of a gift for her upcoming birthday. Espositio then took her to his house where he kept her in a dungeon he had specifically built for her which was buried under his garage and hidden by a 200lbs. slab of concrete as soundproof. The dungeon was made with Linoleum floor and carpet covering the trapdoor and tucked away in a closet whose entrance was obscured by a bookcase.
Katie was trapped there in almost complete darkness for close to three weeks, while her captor sexually abused her with other men, while the police were just few meters away, having set up a command post on Esposito’s lawn but unable to hear the girl’s screams because she was buried away below the ground.
Katie explained that her life was already a nightmare long before her abduction, part of the reason she said in past interviews that she was able to keep calm.
‘I should have been in foster care from the time that I was 2 or even younger. I was sexually abused by my “aunt’s” husband from the time that I was 2 until I was abducted by a “family friend” when I was almost 10,’ said Katie.
‘I was also physically, emotionally and verbally abused by all of the adults who were supposed to take care of me as well as neglected. CPS did come to the house to do interviews with me, but it’s difficult to be truthful with CPS workers when they’re interviewing you in the house where the abuse is occurring in the exact room where it was occurring.’
She spent a good deal of her childhood living with her godmother Linda Inghilleri, who she has said in the past treated her like a ‘slave’ while her husband Salvatore sexually abused Katie.
Esposito, who she called Big John, was a friend of the family, and on December 28, 1992 said he wanted to buy her a gift.
He would later tell police that after taking Katie to a toy store they went to a nearby arcade where she disappeared, a story that immediately made him the prime suspect in the case.
Police found nothing however when they set up a post on his property, despite the fact that Katie was just feet away.
Katie said in her AMA that Esposito sexually assaulted her for the first time on the day he took her, and also revealed that when he did turn himself in she believed that the police entering the dungeon were men he had brought to sexually assault her.
Esposito’s confession put him in jail for 15 years to life, and he was never charged with the rape or sexual assault of Katie.
He died while incarcerated in 2013 shortly after a parole hearing