Family friend kidnaps 9-year-old girl and keeps her inside dark dungeon for three weeks as police search mere feet away

A woman revealed today the depths of horror after she was kidnapped when she was just 9-years-old and sexually abused by a family friend for the next 17 days, while being forced to live inside a makeshift coffin, in an interview she conducted with the website Reddit.

Katie Beers, 34, was just 9 when she was kidnapped by John Esposito in 1992, after he lured her with the promise of a video game. For nearly three weeks, Esposito kept her locked away underground, in a dungeon he had built for her in a makeshift coffin, trapped underneath a 200 pound brick of concrete. Beers was kept in complete darkness.

Police had actually set up in Esposito’s home, as they used it as a command post during the weeks that followed, after she was reported missing. Beers says she was trapped mere feet away from police and that Esposito would still sexually abuse her at every chance he got.

“There are times that my memory is more clear about the day i was abducted,” she said, noting that Esposito tried to force her to pose dead so he could take pictures, thus ending the investigation. “As part of my coping mechanism, I blocked out the experience.”

She eventually managed to convince her kidnapper that he should let her go free by asking him repeatedly what he was going to do with her in the future.

“When I asked [Esposito] how I would go to school, he told me that he would teach me what I needed to know. When I asked him how I would work, he would tell me that he had enough money for the two of us. When I asked him about getting married and having kids, he told me that when I was 18 he would marry me and have children with me,” she said.

“I definitely think that by trying to manipulate him into thinking about the future and things like that, I think that got him a little scared and worried about what the future was going to hold.”

Esposito confessed to everything and was given 15 to life behind bars, though he died while incarcerated.

Beers, who was also sexually abused when she was just two years old by another male authority figure, has given multiple interviews not to call attention to her struggle, but rather to show how far she has come since then, to be a beacon of hope for other abuse sufferers

“My life is exactly what I always wanted: two parents who love me, siblings who are amazing, and a husband and two kids.”

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