A lady kidnapped by a household pal after which pressured to sleep in an underground bunker for 17 days just lately revealed her historical past with sexual abuse forward of her abduction.
Katie Beers was solely 9 years outdated when John Esposito lured her to his residence with the promise of birthday presents in 1992. He stashed her in a dungeon constructed beneath his storage for the only real functions of preserving her there.
Beers mentioned she endured sexual abuse and was raped by Esposito throughout her three weeks in captivity although he by no means confronted such prices.
Throughout a Reddit AMA this week, Beers — now a 35-year-old insurance coverage saleswoman — mentioned Esposito copped to the abuse whereas talking together with his parole officer simply earlier than he died in 2013.
He’d beforehand confessed to the kidnapping, which landed him behind bars for the rest of his life.
Whereas she’s already detailed the torture she skilled by the hands of Esposito in her New York Instances best-selling memoir “Buried Reminiscences,” she shed new mild on her experiences in her current digital question-and-answer session with curious Reddit customers.
She defined within the discussion board that her life had lengthy been difficult earlier than her abduction within the early 90s, nevertheless it’s that trauma that helped her survive her encounter together with her captor.
“I ought to have been in foster care from the time that I used to be 2 and even youthful. I used to be sexually abused by my ‘aunt’s’ husband from the time that I used to be 2 till I used to be kidnapped by a ‘household pal’ once I was nearly 10,” Beers wrote.
“I used to be additionally bodily, emotionally and verbally abused by all of the adults who have been presupposed to care for me as nicely.”
The mom of two added Youngster Protecting Companies did interview her, however that “it’s troublesome to be truthful with CPS employees once they’re interviewing you in the home the place the abuse is going on.”
Beers famous she stays near her foster household to today.
“They’re my youngsters’s grandparents & my (foster) siblings are their Aunts & Uncles,” she wrote.