9-Year-Old Was Kidnapped by Family Friend and was Hidden Behind a Wall.
9-Year-Old Is Kidnapped by Family Friend and Hidden Behind a Wall.
Katie Beers was kidnapped by a family friend when she was nine. But she never let it define her.
Katie Beers had a difficult upbringing. Her mother abandoned her when she was a little child.
She was taken in by her godmother, but solely to serve as a housekeeper, cook, and general servant.
When she was two years old, her uncle began abusing her, making her life a misery.
She had no idea that things would grow worse.Katie was never permitted to attend class.
Instead, she resided with her godmother and uncle, and John Esposito was the lonely girl’s only companion.
She anticipated seeing him because he was a family friend.
He told her he was taking her to an amusement park when she was nine years old, but she didn’t think it was suspicious.
She was excited to go to her favorite place.
However, the pair never made it to the park. Instead, Esposito kidnapped Katie and took her to his house.
There, he put her into an elaborate dungeon in a tunnel system behind the wall.
It was the same place Katie played at as it was being built. She had no idea it was being built for her.
For 17 days, the man kept her there and s3xually assaulted her as police searched high and low.
At first, they suspected the family, but eventually, their gaze turned to Esposito, who wasn’t the stand-up community man he had claimed to be.
Down in the dungeon, Katie was allowed to have the TV on 24/7 so she was aware of the updates in her investigation.
She began playing mind games with Esposito, asking him what the future looked like and what his ultimate plan was.
At one point, he wanted her to play dead so that he could take a picture of her, and the police would stop looking, but she refused.
“From that point on, I rarely slept, and I also did not eat any of the food that he could have altered,” she told.
“I was fearful that he might put something in the food, a sedative, a sleeping pill, something.”
Katie knew if he snapped that photo, it would seal her fate.
The best part of my story is knowing that you can recover, and you can persevere, and your life is 100 per what you make it to be.
“I was disgusted,poor 10 years old I was.I was trying to get him to think about the long-term of him kidnapping me,” she continued.
“I told him that I was sick and I wasn’t feeling well.
“Between the police department laying on him at his house all the time and my questions and me saying that I wasn’t feeling well finally wore him down.”
Esposito went to his lawyer and revealed he knew where Katie was.
When police arrived at the house, the man began unlocking all of the components of the dungeon, proving he had been plotting this kidnapping for a long time.
They expected to find a body, but miraculously, Katie was alive.
Not only that, but investigators recalled a bubbly girl who understood the worst was behind her.
“We were amazed to see a nine-year-old look like she had just come back from a trip to the movies,” Suffolk County Police Lt. Dominic Verrone said.
“She was sitting on the sofa, bubbly, upbeat, and we just knew from that moment on that she was going to be a survivor.”
Although it took Katie time to heal from her trauma, her life took a much more positive turn.
After she was found, the details of her home life came out, and investigators put her into foster care.
There, for the first time in her life, she had loving parents and siblings to play with.
“My life is exactly what I had always wanted,” she added. “I have two parents who love me, and a husband and two kids and a wonderful family”.
“I think the best part of my story is knowing that you can recover, and you can persevere, and your life is 100 per what you make it to be.”
Today, Katie is a motivational speaker who helps others see hope in their future — no matter how hard or unfair life can be.
I vowed never to allow the horrors from my early years affect who I became as an adult.
They have helped to shape who I am, but they do not define who I am.
Numerous factors make Katie’s story inspirational. Every adult she encountered failed her when she was a little child, but she still found the good and the light in her situation.
Authorities eventually helped her acquire the assistance she required, and since since she has found an inspiring way to go on.
The next time we experience a horrible day, feel like nothing is going our way, or simply fall into a dark place, it helps us keep things in perspective.
As Katie proved, talking about it and working out past trauma can lead to lightness — but it’s also essential to do the work.
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