Mentally Impaired Woman Details Horrific Torture House Where She Was Held Captive For 10 Years

Mentally Impaired Woman Details Horrific Torture House Where She Was Held Captive For 10 Years

Tamara Breeden was one of several disabled adults to have their identities and social security benefits stolen.

Published November 15, 2018

A developmentally impaired adult woman who spent 10 years held captive in what came to be known as Philadelphia’s basement of horrors is opening up about the terrible abuse she suffered.

Tamara Breeden, 36, was one of several disabled adults who were contained in the torturous basement.

Breeden, who was born with developmental issues, was forced to urinate in a bucket, wear clothes found in trash cans and go days or weeks without bathing, reported NBC10.

Additionally, Breeden was pistol-whipped across the head so many times she lost count.

In 2011, Breeden and three others were found by Philadelphia police huddled together under a stained blanket. The adults were located when a foul odor from the basement began traveling up the seven-floor apartment building.

When police arrived in the basement, they found one man chained to the furnace. All of the victims were beaten, burned and tortured all for the government benefits.

“I think I was going to die there,” Breedon said.

Linda Ann Weston and her partners Nicklaus Woodward Wright and Jean McIntosh ran an abusive ring wherein they stole the identities of disabled adults in order to collect their disability benefits. 

Last month, the last person charged, a caretaker named Eddie Wright, was finally sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Weston, the ringleader and mastermind, was sentenced to life in prison plus 80 years, while Nicklaus Wright and McIntosh were sentenced up to 40 years in prison.

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: NBC10)


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