On this date in History ..... 1987:
Philadelphia police respond to a 9-1-1 call and find a torture chamber in the basement of a
former mental patient where three naked women were chained to pipes.
Gary Heidnik was a mental patient and sex
offender who had become a wealthy investor, driving a Rolls Royce and amassing over half a million dollars from his investments. He had avoided paying
any taxes by becoming a self-appointed bishop of his own church. A sign hung
outside the torture chamber home identifying it as a church.
He papered some of his walls in the house with one and five dollar bills, and had glued pennies over about half of the kitchen walls.
In 1986 he began kidnapping women for his "harem". He told his first victim of his intent to get ten women and have each of them bear him a child. He wanted to have a large family of ten children.
The women barely survived on the food he gave them which ranged from bread and water to stale hot dogs and peanut butter sandwiches, He finally just solved the food problem by feeding them canned dog food, beating the women until they ate it.
He killed one woman by putting her in a pit
of water with a live electrical wire; another by starving her to death while
remained chained to the wall; another by dismembering her, cooking and feeding
body parts to the other captives.
He was convincted in 1988, received the death sentence and was
executed in 1999.