Police say kidnappers of disabled adults may have 50 victims

Police said on Tuesday they were investigating whether a convicted killer arrested for kidnapping four mentally challenged adults to steal their Social Security checks may have as many as 50 victims.


Linda Ann Weston, Thomas Gregory and Eddie Wright were arrested for their involvement in kidnapping of four mentally challenged adults.

Linda Ann Weston, 51, was one of three people arrested after four malnourished victims were found locked in the basement of a Philadelphia home over the weekend.

More than 30 years ago, Weston was convicted of starving to death a 25-year-old man in her apartment in North Philadelphia and, after her sentencing in 1985, served eight years in prison, authorities said.

An investigation triggered by the discovery in a filthy basement on Saturday of four captives, each with the mental capacity of a 10-year-old child, raised questions about the widening scope of the crime.

About 50 identification records have been found in the home, including Social Security numbers and paperwork to authorize power of attorney, said a police spokeswoman.

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