What goes on behind the locked doors of a family home is often best left in private. We have such security and privacy for good reasons.

A home is a place without judgment; it’s a sanctuary of sorts where social eyes are less frequent. It lets us be who we are, dress down, talk freely and be less inhibited.

People need this privacy to function by themselves or with those they consider close, like relatives and loved ones. Unfortunately, that privacy can be abused. 

Linda Ann Weston kidnapped and tortured people behind her locked doors. More specifically, the locked doors of her apartment complex’s basement.

She spent a ten-year-long “career” capturing and stealing the welfare and benefit money from several people, along with egregious additional counts of identity theft and benefit fraud from as many as 50 people. All thanks to the privacy of her “Basement of Horrors.”

Philadelphia Police Department

10 /10 Philadelphia Monster

Linda Weston was born and raised in Philadelphia, and, according to her accounts during her hearings, she had a terrible childhood.

She suffered abuse at the hands of her mother, who also took her out of school and forced her into prostitution before she was even a teenager.

She was being treated for depression and schizophrenia with medication, neither of which held back her apparent sadistic tendencies.

9 /10 Family Matters

Weston began her long history as an infamous monster as far back as the 70s when she first discovered a way to get money from the suffering of others.

She “practiced” on her siblings first, breaking them down with routines of torture that included drugging, force-feeding of cockroaches and other awful things, and arranged rape.

She forced her brothers and male cousins to have sex with her sister to name herself as the legal guardian and collect the welfare checks meant for childcare.

8 /10 Once A Killer

In 1981, Weston found out her sister Venus was pregnant and questioned Bernardo Ramos about his eligibility to be the baby’s father.

When she didn’t like the answer, she assaulted him with a hammer and locked him in a closet where she kept him until she either forgot or intentionally starved him to death over days.

She was charged in 1983. One of her siblings testified to him scratching on the doors to try and escape. She was given a 12-year sentence but only served 4 of those years in jail. The court even gave her custody of her kids back.


7 /10 The Philadelphia Dungeon Kidnappings

Weston had been up to several depraved and awful crimes in her life.

Still, she started her “career” in 2001 when she kidnapped Tamara Breeden and locked her in the apartment complex basement, one which received extremely few active visitors.

The girl was hired as a babysitter and was held captive until 2011. Over those ten years, she was tortured, scarred, abused, and prostituted by Weston. Even her baby, which she was forced to have, was taken away.

6 /10 Criminal Crew

Weston didn’t work alone. She had her daughter, Jean McIntosh, assist with luring people in and keeping them locked up.

A daughter she also prostituted, Jean remained in her mother’s grip and control for those ten years doing what she wanted with the promise of benefits. She also employed Eddie Wright and Gregory Thomas to help.

Each person they abducted together would force them into cosigning their legal rights away, giving Weston the privilege of receiving and managing their welfare checks. Doing this, she stole over $225,000 over the ten years – in Social Security alone.

5 /10 Basement Of Horrors

The basement was the site of the most heinous activities. No one was safe in Weston’s “care,” but those in the cellar received the worst of all treatment.

They were underfed and uncared for. They had to drink their urine to survive and didn’t have enough space even to lie down.

There were at least four people locked in there at any given point across the ten years. Many weren’t even reported missing because Weston was in charge of their affairs.

4 /10 Manipulation

Weston routinely targeted the mentally disabled, people who would receive welfare benefits such as social security, unemployment, or general healthcare checks due to their conditions.

She found them to be easier to track. There were no pick up and carry, steal people off the street style kidnappings.

She met people, befriended them, opened her heart to them, and then once the opportunity arrived, she stole them away and signed their checks with her name.

3 /10 Stairway To Hell

Upstairs, things were no better. It’s somewhat accurate to call Weston a hoarder of children. She had eight children who were “hers,” however dubiously she obtained them.

At least one was Breeden’s child, who was “adopted” by Weston. None of them were in good shape when they were found.

She neglected and abused them, just like everyone else, and collected money in their name as dependents which she spent on herself.

2 /10 Chance Of Survival

The only reason anyone got out of that nightmare alive was that the property manager finally decided to investigate why there were water and food bowls left out.

The property had a strict no-pets-allowed rule, and he wanted to examine to see if someone was breaking it.

That’s when he opened the basement and found four people – one chained to the radiator – covered in scars from baseball bats and pellet guns, malnourished, on the very edge of death. He called the police, and they arrested Weston immediately.

Philadelphia Police Department

1 /10 Once Bitten

Weston received life for her various crimes, including human trafficking, sex trafficking, kidnapping, child abuse, neglect; 196 federal counts in total.

She pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to life plus 80 years. She even admitted she knew what she was doing was wrong.

Her accomplices were given separate sentences as well. There’s still one neighborhood girl missing and unaccounted for, as well as a list of at least 50 people whose identities she stole despite only four being rescued from the basement.

The worst part is this wasn’t her first conviction, not even her first time doing things like this, but lenience in her first sentencing led to an early release from a shockingly short jail term.

She should have been in a dungeon instead of filling one herself.

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