A mum who was kidnapped and kept in a coffin for SEVEN years – only being allowed out to be raped or tortured.
Colleen Stan was kidnapped and locked in a coffin-like box for seven years from 1977 to 1984 when she was aged just 20.
Husband and wife Cameron and Janice Hooker picked her up in their car after spotting Colleen on the roadside hitchhiking.
She had thought they were trustworthy people as they were travelling with a baby.
However, an hour into their journey, Cameron suddenly took a turn down a quiet lane where he threatened Colleen with a knife, gagged her mouth, tied up her hands and placed a wooden box over her head.
“I thought I was going to die,” she told People.
She then arrived at the couple’s home in Red Bluff, California, and was forced to live in a wooden box under their bed.
“You just remove yourself from the real situation going on and you go somewhere else. You go somewhere pleasant, around people you love. Whatever makes you happy.”
In August 1984, Colleen escaped with help from Janice – who later testified against her husband in court.
She was granted immunity for her co-operation and Cameron was sent to prison for 104 years.
It was suggested Ms Stan may have suffered from Stockholm syndrome during the court case.
This is when people begin to identify with their captor because of the intense stress they are under.
Ms Stan has revealed that reminiscing about happy times in her life had got her through the traumatic experience.
The story has now been made into a film titled Girl in the Box and will premiere in the US on Saturday.
Source: Mirror 8 Sept 2016