October 16th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

Janitor finds mentally disabled people chained in basement; 3 arrested

Three suspects accused of chaining mentally disabled people and stealing their Social Security checks were arrested in Philadelphia.

They were arrested Friday after a janitor doing checks at a building found four victims - a 29-year-old woman, and three men, ages 31, 35 and 31 - locked up in a basement boiler room at a Philadelphia residence, said Lt. Ray Evers, a police spokesman. The janitor released the four and called police.

Authorities believe the victims had been trapped in the tiny room for up to a week. Evers said they suffered from bed sores and "injuries that are very, very hard to describe."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Philip:
    I'm sorry that you were molested by a priest.
    How many years ago was that?
    It's time to get over it, especially because This Is Your Life and it's not a dress rehearsal for anything.
    It's too bad that many people died in WWII concentration camps. However, you were not one of them.
    I think that you are trying to get power of influence, and attention, by relating (as an expert) guilt-provoking events.
    Your focusing on the sins and/or war crimes of persons who have little or no relationship to you very effectively prevents your facing problems in your own life that make you unhappy.
    If you tell me that you are happy, I'm not going to believe you. No person as concerned with the shortcomings (or crimes) of others–especially of others unrelated to him–can be at peace with himself.
    Please consider the possibility that what I just wrote may be exactly correct.
    It might help you.
    Also, a reduction in your guilt-provoking posts would clear the board for other topics.
    BTW, I intend to keep taking Bayer aspirin.
    It's a dependable, effective product, and Bayer has good quality control because of its size.

    October 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip Eugene Douglas a27tint4@aim.com

    ...ever having upset you. I didn't mean for it to get so personal. And I hope Andrea is doing well, and I would have fixed the brakes on your truck if you were stranded...even if you were an enemy. A gal needs a horse to ride until her buggy days arrive. 🙂 (hug)

    October 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    If y'all went to church on sundays you would have one less hour to be mean to one another...this pain would be aleviated with prayer. Y'all continue to paint yourselves into a corner with the godless dissolute lifestyles with no way out...other than misery. Lastly, I've been running into priests, deacons, seminarians from childhood to adulthood all my life, and only known them to be good holy men who are highly educated and trained and sacrifice a lot to become priests...I have great respect for the religious who serve God, Church and Community.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I've had a glorious day. We drove around the area north of NYC, looked at antiques, bought something, and decided to buy something that I've always wanted but denied myself.
    Now, the real chef in the house is cooking our favorite meal, selle d'agneau, with its wedding memories, and, first, my favorite starter, escargots.
    Life is beautiful.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip Eugene Douglas a27tint4@aim.com

    @Mmmm...well, go with what you know. But one would have to be fairly ignorant not to know of the plethora of abuses heaped upon society over the centuries by warring religions, Catholics killing Cathilics during WW1 and 2, for example. And then there's the millions of dollars of monies dedicated to God squandered on settleing child-abuse cases out of court. Good thing Uncle Sam won't be needing churches to recruit young men for God&Country much longer, what with the rise of paid militia being more economical to wage war with. I'm pretty sure Uncle sam will abolish organized religion in the near future. Sam's gotta be tired of religionists always poking their noses in his business.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      You need to pick up your mat and walk...go jump in the pool that the finger of the Angels stirs...in modern times that would be a church where god resides. you can start empty when no one else is there except you and God...just sit for 1 quiet hour each day.

      October 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    She made guacamole too! OMG.
    I wonder what she wants...

    October 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phil

    @Joey. Thanks for the thought you put into your post, and I know you mean to help. On the surface what you say rings true. But the emotional damage done to an abused child runs deep, deeper even than the pool deep enough to contain a woman's emotions, hence, our divorce rate, where you have an fully emotionally developed person yoked with the others stunted emotions. The natural bridege between a man and a womans emotions is wide enough without tossing childhood ause in the mix.
    I was about 9 yrs. old emotionally when i sought help for my depression, and am now going on 18. My first therapist, Charlie Schmalz (RIP) comitted suicide on me. My next only lasted about a year, and my current therapist for the past several years is just like Charlie...an man who was abused as a child and became addicted to sezx. I still see him every month, and hope to till the day one of us dies. I love this man, Gregory, for he saved my life...or at least had a hand in it. Many abused children, even those who get help, go on to commit suicide. I myself have attempted it seriously twice in my life, failing both times. And there have been other times when I was ready to jump off the cliff (i climb lots of mountains) and my farewell prayer to God grabbed me and pulled me back.

    The lifelong problems associated with abuse, and especially molestation by a trusted family friend 'holy' man, run like a river through our entire society. The vast majority do drugs of one kind or another, drugs like food, seyz, alchohol, money, pharmaceuticals, street drugs, etc. Only an abusive childhood can round out the numbers to account for our never ending and never winning "war on drugs", the overly promiscuous lifestyles we lead as a people, our obesity, and our greed, none of which are humans naturally inclined to be involved in. We have been influenced. And we have been influenced in the wrong direction. Who here remembers America before HIV? Who here remembers America before she became obese? I do. And I miss her. And I know where she was, where she is, and where she is going. It's really as simple as plotting it out on a chart just as you would plot the financial success of an corporation. If you love what America has become, you never really knew her.

    But thanks Joey. And as you see, we are trying to pursue peace here now, myself, the lovely chrissy, and the beautiful banasy. I hope it works out. "Pursue peace and you shall find it" says the wisest man who ever lived. His words are faithful and true, obviously. 🙂

    October 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phil

    ta ta for now. May there be peace throughout the CNN. (pls, if I posted anything that hurt feelings or made anger, please remember that feelings change, and anger is expressed hurt) bbl

    October 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ???

    Well, that was one hell of a story. Glad it's off your chest. Should probably still seek therapy and go on some kind of meds. Don't take your hurt out on others. Quit picking on those girls. Hope they forgive YOU. That kind of thing.

    October 16, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    speaking for myself you have to forgive to heal and yes i do forgive you philip. 🙂

    October 16, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |

    they should have never told this story,, now cra,ck dealers are going to be stealing retards and chaining them up...
    forceing them to sell drugs..and eat dog food

    October 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©


    This kind of stuff has been going on since SS began sending out checks.

    I still say, check crawlspaces, surrounding property, etc.
    I don't have a good feeling about this.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
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