House of Horrors and Other Shocking Headlines

October 31, 2011
Dr. Phil examines two shocking headlines: A handyman’s recent discovery of four mentally challenged people allegedly held captive in a tiny, dank sub-basement of a Philadelphia apartment building, now dubbed the “house of horrors.” How — and for how long — did these atrocities go unnoticed? And, parents in a Washington suburb are facing charges for allegedly imprisoning and starving their adopted 16-year-old twins. Why did it take so long for police and Child Protective Services to investigate?


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A House of Horrors
It’s been dubbed a “house of horrors:” A handyman’s recent discovery of four mentally challenged people allegedly held captive in a tiny, dank sub-basement of a Philadelphia apartment building. The victims were said to be severely malnourished; one was chained to the boiler. One victim reportedly had two children while being held prisoner. Police estimate there could be as many as 50 victims at the hands of the alleged ringleader, Linda Weston.

“There are horrors that we don’t even know about yet.”



Thirty-Year Reign of Terror
Linda Weston’s brother, Josh, and her son, Robert, speak out about the cruelty they say they suffered at Weston’s hands dating back 30 years. Josh says his sister shoved him into an oven and burned him severely, and both men say they witnessed her trap a man in a closet, listened to him scratch at the door every day until he slowly starved to death, a crime for which she served only eight years in prison.

“My sister ordered us to take the body and dump it in an abandoned house.”



More Children Discovered
Tamara Breeden’s parents hired attorney Steven Wigrizer to help them get custody of her two children, which she reportedly had while being held captive by Weston. Steven joins Dr. Phil. How much money was Weston getting in her alleged Social Security fraud? And, find out about another victim discovered in Weston’s care who had been missing for 11 years. How did a convicted murderer get custody of children? 

Josh and Robert explain what they would like to see happen to Weston.



Twins Beaten and Starved
Another shocking headline: Parents in a Washington suburb are facing charges for allegedly imprisoning and starving their adopted 16-year-old twins. Dr. Phil speaks with a neighbor, Yelena, who says over the years, multiple community members reported suspicious and abusive behavior.


Why did it take so long for police and Child Protective Services to investigate?