Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2013

John Esposito, Katie Beers kidnapper from 1992, found dead in prison cell

A man serving prison time for kidnapping and hiding a 10-year-old girl in an underground bunker on his property on New York’s Long Island was found dead in his cell, prison officials said on Thursday.

Katie Beers speaks out, John Esposito was found dead in his prison cell

Katie Beers speaks out, John Esposito was found dead in his prison cell

John Esposito, age 63, was discovered dead by an officer at Sing Sing prison during rounds on Wednesday, said New York State Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Mailey.

“His death is not considered suspicious,” Mailey said.

The county medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Esposito was serving a 15-year sentence for kidnapping Katie Beers in 1992 and holding her for 17 days in the secret cellar the size of a coffin under his Bay Shore, Long Island, home.

“I’m saddened at the loss of a life, but at the same time I’m happy that John Esposito will never be granted parole or have the opportunity to hurt anyone ever again,” Beers said in a statement Wednesday night.

Beers, now 30, broke her silence on her ordeal back in January, granting an exclusive interview to CBS 2′s Jennifer McLogan.

“I was more concerned with trying to get free and trying to survive. Looking back, it’s amazing to learn of the support I had from everybody,” Beers said during that interview. “The remembering has been difficult because I buried it for so long.”

Esposito’s body was discovered hours after the suicide of an Ohio man , Ariel Castro, who was one month into a life sentence for the kidnapping, rape and beatings of three young women he kept imprisoned in his Cleveland home for roughly a decade. Castro was found hanged by a bed sheet in his cell, an Ohio coroner said.

After news of both deaths, Beers tweeted that “Less than 24 hours apart, the world lost 2 monsters – Ariel Castro & John Esposito.” (Emphasis added, BBJ- The Dispatch)

Beers told Reuters on Thursday that Esposito’s death “was that last little bit of my childhood being closed because now I don’t ever have to worry about John being paroled.”

“Obviously I’m happy he was never paroled, I’m happy it was the other option, but at the same time I’m a little sad for his family because they did lose a brother, a cousin, whatever it might be. But I’m not saddened by his death at all,” said Beers.

Esposito, an acquaintance of the Beers family, admitted in 1993 that he had kidnapped the young girl on December 28, 1992, two days before her 10th birthday. Over the next 2-1/2 weeks, she was kept trapped in the box and was eventually found by police after surveillance video from a local arcade showed Esposito with her.

Check out the interview with Beers: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/01/14/cbs-2-exclusive-2-decades-after-being-held-in-a-suburban-dungeon-katie-beers-breaks-her-silence/

Photo is screenshot from interview



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