On December 28, 1992, two days prior to her tenth birthday, Katie Beers was abducted by family friend John Esposito during a visit to his Bay Shore, New York home and placed in an underground bunker beneath the residence, a chamber-like room which the 43-year-old independent contractor had constructed over a year earlier. For 17 days, Beers was held captive inside the secret cell and abused by Esposito before he finally led authorities to the girl on January 13, 1993.
During the investigation into Beers’ kidnapping, it was uncovered by both the social system and media that all had not been well in her young life even prior to the abduction. From a very early age, Beers was subjected to a world of neglect, mistreatment and various forms of abuse by those responsible for her safety and welfare. Following her release from captivity, Beers disappeared from the public eye and was placed in the care of a nurturing foster family, where she received love, support, stability and the proper psychological treatment to assist her in overcoming the trauma that had permeated the first decade of her life.
Beers broke her near twenty-year silence with the release of Buried Memories, a memoir she co-authored with New York-based journalist and news reporter Carolyn Gusoff. The book was released in 2013 and earned a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list. An updated edition containing additional chapters streeted in April 2015.
I was privileged to interview Katie Beers on the evening of January 19 to discuss her troubled homelife leading up to the abduction, her journey to discovering happiness following the trauma of her childhood and the decision to finally tell her story with Buried Memories.
You can visit Katie Beers online at KatieBeers.com, follow her on Twitter under the handle @KatieBeersTalks and find her Google+ account here. The official Katie Beers Facebook page may be viewed at this link.
Following the release of Buried Memories, Beers became an inspirational speaker addressing multiple child abuse-oriented topics. For bookings, please contact Michael Wright at GWPRMike@gmail.com.
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