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Topic - Katie Beers Kidnapping
The man who kidnapped 9-year-old Katie Beers and kept her in a Bay Shore, N.Y., dungeon in 1993 was been found dead in his prison cell just hours after meeting with his parole board, a local television station reported.
Being chained as a 10-year-old for more than two weeks in a coffin-size box in a suburban New York dungeon was, Katie Beers says 20 years later, "the best thing that happened to me" because it allowed her to escape a life of abuse.
Miss Beers, now 30, told News 12 Long Island that the news of her captor's death will help her move on.
"Just knowing the simple fact he will never get out of prison. He will never get to harm anyone else ever," she said.