Hate Crime, Murder Alleged in Philly Basement Case

Kathy Matheson, AP News, January 23, 2013

A paroled killer targeted mentally disabled adults in a scheme to steal their Social Security benefits, confining them like “zoo animals,” forcing some into prostitution and causing the deaths of two victims through abuse and neglect, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Linda Weston, 52, of Philadelphia, was indicted on charges including hate crimes, kidnapping, murder in aid of racketeering and forced human labor. It’s the first time the federal hate crimes statute has been used to protect the disabled, authorities said.

Linda Weston

Linda Weston

“Shocking does not begin to describe the criminal allegations in this case, where victims were tied up and confined like zoo animals and treated like property akin to slaves,” U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said.

The case came to light in October 2011 after a landlord discovered four malnourished victims locked in the basement of a Philadelphia apartment building, one of them chained to a boiler. Authorities soon began untangling a complicated web of relationships among victims and their alleged captors in an investigation that spanned several states.

Weston has been jailed since then and pleaded not guilty to related state charges. {snip}

The 150-page grand jury indictment describes Weston as the ringleader of a “family” that included her daughter and three men who prosecutors say helped control and subjugate the victims.

Weston used “cunning, trickery, force and coercion” to get mentally disabled people to designate her as their caretaker, allowing her to illegally collect about $212,000 in Social Security payments over 10 years, Memeger said.

In all, authorities allege six disabled adults and four children were held captive in “subhuman” conditions in basements, attics and closets at various times between 2001 and 2011. The victims were often drugged, deprived of food and medical care, and forced to use buckets for bathrooms, officials said.


Weston forced two female victims into prostitution to earn more money for the family when they lived in Texas and Florida, authorities said.

Two other women died while living with Weston, leading to murder charges that make her eligible for the death penalty. Memeger said prosecutors are weighing whether to pursue it.


Weston already has served time for the starvation death of a man she locked in her Philadelphia apartment nearly three decades ago.


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  • The__Bobster

    No YT can be as cruel to them as they are to their own.

    • Triarius

      Exactly, I’ve asked plenty of libs to list a white on black Knoxville Horror or KC Massacre only to hear crickets. It’s utterly amazing how brainwashed the left is.

      • Daisy

        I would like to know details…how did she get these disabled or elderly people into these situations…and are people assuming they were black or hispanic? What about the people who had to have been witnesses to some of it, or the doctors who delivered the two women’s children? Didn’t they notice something strange? How utterly bizarre. Of course if she were white we’d be hearing all about how that sociopathic white gene…maybe someone should write Jensen at UT-Austen with a link to the article and a request for his expert analysis.

        • Daisy

          I just did some prelim research…Weston was found guilty of starving her sister’s unborn kid’s father to death; she served four years of an eight year sentence. He had supposedly refused to support the child.

          ‘I-told-you-so’s’ suck. All those who yelled at me for questioning the psych system in the Eilman case, explain to me how this psychopath was found to be suffering from ‘schizophrenia’ during her jail term. Maybe that answers how she got out so early. And even learned to cheat the system. Look what the psychiatrists’ lies did to more people…

          • Bill

            With all the hoorah over the Conn. shooting, there is only ONE thing – one action that would have prevented it. The same action that would have prevented Colorado 1 and Colorado 2, prevented the shooting of the Congresswoman, Virginia, and every other mass shooting. Institutionalization of the nut cases instead of allowing liberal psychologists and psychiatrists the flexibility to send them among us. Keeping them in the nut house would have prevented all these shootings. Keeping this woman in prison would have saved these follow on victims.

          • Daisy

            The excuse for releasing Weston was probably that she had schizophrenia. She doesn’t. Your post contains a logical fallacy; on the one hand you promote wanton diagnosing and even institutionalization and on the other you criticize the overuse of such practices.

          • And also…refusing to name the nutbars, thereby not giving them the eternal infamy they want.

            When she introduced her go-nowhere gun bill yesterday, the (“newly minted Christian”) Dianne Feinstein (“the power of the cross beats the power of the gun lobby”) said that “these mass shootings keep on happening.” Sure, because we keep on giving the nutbars behind them the publicity and eternal infamy they want. Thereby begging the next one.

      • Some Guy

        I’ve done this too and the best I get is the dragging death of the black guy in TX. which happened way back in June of 1998. As terrible as this crime was, I remind them the couple in the Knoxville horror were horrifically raped and toutured

  • StillModerated

    This might be a first: a bantu (female at that) charged with a so-called hatecrime. I’m guessing that one of the retards was either Mexican or gay.

    • kjh64

      Retards? Now that’s not nice. The retarded are far superior to ghetto folks, I’ll tell you that.

  • MekongDelta69

    Linda Weston, 52, of Philadelphia, was indicted on charges including hate crimes, kidnapping, murder in aid of racketeering and forced human labor.

    Notice how that because the AP is so left-wing, “hate crimes”
    gets listed before all other charges.

    To leftists, a ‘hate crime’ is THE MOST heinous of ALL crimes.

  • Enar_Larsson

    I wonder how long it will be before Tarantino makes the revenge fantasy on behalf of the abused?

    • Gereng

      I’m waiting for a ‘Free Linda’ campaign to get underway with adverts instructing donors where to send their ‘love donations’. This is yet another case of a poor struggling black woman so oppressed by White Privilege’ that she was pushed over the edge.
      The poor thing was only collecting about $1700 a month during those ten yrs. I think she would have done better to just get a part time job and not have to worry about the feed and care of her captives in the basement. If she was feeding them minimally at a total of $10 a day for 10 years that comes $36,500. That didn’t leave much of the $212,000 she collected. The profits must have been so paltry that even this dim witted bantu must have noticed at some point that her life of crime wasn’t exactly Big Casino.

  • It will never end up as a hate crime prosecution. This US Attorney was an Obama appointment:
    Mr. Memeger is a 1986 graduate of James Madison University, where he was a four-year letterman in men’s gymnastics, …1991 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law..

    A male gymnast? Nominated by Ohomo?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I’m not sure it matters whether or not it’s prosecuted as a hate crime. Normally when one victimizes the elderly or handicapped, the case is prosecuted as “aggravated” anyway, due to the vulnerable nature of the victims.

      • She’s going to be out in time to collect early social security.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          Not from the feds. Those folks don’t play around.

          • Well maybe I was a little lenient, if she might get 35 years (meaning 17).

          • Michael_C_Scott

            In the feds 35 would mean 30 years seven-and-a-half months, of which the last six months could be in a halfway house. Those folks do not play around, and I don’t recommend irritating them.

          • Big Bill

            It’s been like that at least since the early ’70s. I remember guys p!ssing and moaning about it at FCI-Oxford, saying “where’s the incentive to do good time” if early parole was out of the question. Some found out the hard way and wound up doing the rest of their time in Leavenworth. Wisconsin may be cold, but it ain’t Leavenworth.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            I did all my time with 15% off for max good behavior. There’s no parole in the feds anymore, I had only one month out of 36 in a halfway house, for which I was initially grateful. The halfway house staff acted like cops, but were not. I did all of my time, with five months’ more supervision than the three year max, as there were unanswered questions about my old gun collection, and I kept my mouth shut at Com-Cor.

            We has a guy in Ft. Worth downstream from Leavenworth, who had behaved himself. Joe Sanchez was Jicarilla Apache, in for murder and mutiny. Nobody likes Leavenworth.

      • HadEnough

        Bag the extra 20 years. Let’s just fire up Old Sparky now.

    • Daisy

      I just researched the Knoxville murders for the first time. How I wish that I had heard about what happened to Christian and Newsom (sp?) in a timely fashion; might I have avoided some of the pitfalls of dealing with black people in NYC.

      Black people simply cannot be prosecuted for hatecrimes. It’ll be interesting to see if the disability or mental health advocates actually push that angle in this case; even mentioning the term in the context of black perpetrators seems to function as prosecutorial kryptonite. What amazes me about Knoxville is the extent to which the victims were tortured so gratuitously, yet even failing the existence of financial or other revenge motive heinous acts of depravity are attributed to random whim on the part of the black perps. Any suggestion to the contrary is dismissed as ‘supremacist’ agitation.

      Five black monsters torture, for fun, two innocent white people but when anyone links that to larger patterns of discrimination and aggression they are called ‘haters.’ Some comedian made a dumb joke around that time and that’s all the media could report while two white kids were gruesomely tortured and any who protested it were branded KKK. What if Christina Eilman or her parents had been allowed to learn of the atrocity. When do we wake up from this nightmare?

      • Daisy

        Just remembered Eilman was attacked the year before Christian and Newsom so I’ll just pose the same question in reverse…might they have been more careful if the truth of black-on-white violence weren’t repressed? I, like many tragically uninformed whites, had to learn the harder way.
        White people were perfectly justified in fearing integration.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        I wish to dear God that I had never heard about the Knoxville Horror.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Since when is being a ghetto entrepreneur a crime?

  • Michael_C_Scott

    She starved one man to death 30 years ago, and they’re “undecided” as to whether to pursue the death penalty in two recent, identical starvation murders? I’m stunned!

    • shattered2012

      The modern liberal jurors will spend your money to care for the defendant for many years and call it “justice.”

    • d

      she’s black and therefore she gets a pass

  • Luca

    One of the charges: “..forced human labor.” I thought only whites engaged in slavery.

    • capnmorgan5150

      You beat me to it.

    • ljr

      It was only whites who wanted to end slavery!

    • StillModerated

      Nope. Sand mooleys do it , too.

  • OlderWoman
    • StillModerated

      That is an extremely ugly website. This one is more fun. http://irateirishman.com/blog/

      • OlderWoman

        My anti-Virus won’t allow me to access that site. Tell me about it, please.

    • Seen it before and that is why I want to be where they are not.

      In the last month I have been sized up twice while walking to the grocery store. I live one block from Lake Michigan in Chi …. First time it was so obvious I follow the POS into the street as I called 911 and he scurried like the subterranean POS I knew he was.

      Last night some “smart” _-_-_- followed me across a corner into the supermarket. I finish my cigarette outside before going in. I got my stuff, had no idea he was still in there, and there he is following me out trying to play “dumb” (LMAO).

      So I go out though the second set of automatic doors, because they are easier to get through with reusable shopping bags on your shoulder.

      Now I know a _-_-_- never walks an extra 60 feet for anything.


      He pretends like I don’t know what he was doing, then scurries into his rat hole …. Red Line in Chicago.

      This was the same hole where four moths ago I saw a _-_-_- who works at the store trying to spit on a white woman, who was entering for for transportation purposes, from above as she entered.

      • Some Guy

        I tell everyone one of my friends and loved ones, always ALWAYS be ready for an attack when near blacks. And never fall for the “yo, you gottz a light?”

    • ATBOTL

      That is a hoax. It’s clearly written by a white man very familiar with the white nationalist movement in order to anger white nationalists.

  • kjh64

    Why is this evil b###h out of jail. She should have been executed or given life without parole for starving a man to death. Hope she gets the needle this time around.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I have a better idea: lock her in a room and let her starve.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    And to think, the black liquor store owners who ran food stamp and gambling scams when I was in high school aren’t as entrepreneurial as this woman.

  • bigone4u

    “$212,000 in Social Security payments over 10 years, Memeger said.:
    That’s $21,200 a year. Not much to show for so much evil.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I did the same math as well. I’d rather just be poor.

  • LHathaway

    I actually know a woman who was ‘locked in’ her apartment when her boyfriend was away. On top of that, the guy who would lock her in was just her boyfriend. He had a wife, as well as this woman he would lock in, where he mostly stayed. Not sure how much he stayed at each location. I think she must have liked the fact he was ‘jealous’. No need to guess the race.

  • odious liberal

    Slave trade!

  • Some Guy

    Blacks have no problem being the oppressor and are equally able to be the oppressed when it suits their needs. Whether it’s killing for shoes created in a Asian sweatshop or the latest i-Phone, blacks are walking talking contradictions. My favorite comeback to whinny liberals is if they are such a proud and strong race, why do they need to suck the guv’mint teat so much?

  • E. Rekshun

    OT: Another NYC subway attack (2 black female teens on one 55 y/o black male). Explcit video.


    • That may be the first ever instance of Knockout Queen, the girl version of Knockout King.

    • Flossie

      18-year-old Chantelif and 17-year-old Shaquana up to their old shenanigans. I wonder what happened before they began wailing on that guy?

  • Big Bill

    Oh for heaven’s sake! Why is it a “hate crime”? Whenever black predators are arrested for specifically selecting white people as targets of crime and they admit to deliberately attacking white people, black defense attorneys routinely get them off on the Willie Sutton defense: chasing, raping, robbing, and killing white people is just practical, rational, applied criminality. White folks have the money, white folks are easy to intimidate, white folks do as they are told, and white folks walk around without guns by choice.

    So how is attacking kidnapping raping and enslaving retarded people any different than Negro attacks on white people? The victims are retarded, they are weak, they are stupid, they have a regular stream of money coming in the form of monthly government disability checks, and they are in Philadelphia, which is run by black folks and incompetent fat black social workers who lie like a rug and every 30 days check the box saying “I made my official monthly visit to Mr. Jones” when in fact he was chained to a boiler in the basement eating scraps from a dog dish the whole time

    Hell, it ain’t “hate”, it is a license to print money! It is classic TNB, paid for by Washington DC and your tax dollars! It is practical, applied criminality and they got away with it for years!

  • Some Guy

    Nothing new to report….move along. Police said 31-year-old James Thomas and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Xaviera Laney, were arrested on charges suspicion of kidnapping and forcible pimping.

  • rebelcelt

    I wonder what the media attention would be if the victims were jews?