Houston Cops: 4 Old Men Held Captive in Home
'They were prisoners,' says police sergeant
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2013 2:01 PM CDT
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(Newser) Another one? Police in Houston say they have freed four elderly men who were kept against their will in "deplorable" conditions inside a city home, reports the Houston Chronicle. One person was taken into custody, as police investigate whether the men might have been forced to turn over their Social Security checks or veterans' benefits. Details remain thin about how long the men were kept there, and the story may get worse: CNN thinks that four women also were captive.

That part hasn't been confirmed, but the men were in bad shape—"almost invalids," police say. Three were locked in a garage and found sleeping on the floor, and the fourth was locked inside the house. One of them used the word "dungeon" to describe conditions. Three of the men were taken to the hospital and looked to be underfed. "They were prisoners in that house," says a police sergeant. Police investigated after getting a 911 call from a neighbor this morning, reports AP.

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orlandojonny
Jul 20, 2013 8:13 AM CDT
This is a nation wide scam that blacks use to take peoples SS checks. They are master's at it.
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crankydude
Jul 19, 2013 6:41 PM CDT
I believe this is the tip of a gigantic iceberg. As much as 5 years ago or more I read a paper by a scholar at Harvard Law School that estimated that 25 billion dollars are stolen from elderly people each year by persons close to them through the misuse of powers of attorney. Elderly people are easy to exploit, frighten, dominate, overpower, manipulate and exploit. Many actually become shorter due to changes in their bones. Arthritis, lung problems, heart conditions and other disorders slow them down and make them vulnerable. We think they only need to cry out, but no one cares and no one is listening- until it is too late. Most people in nursing homes either get visitors infrequently or never. Their very best friends write them off as if they never existed. They are no longer fun and no longer companions so they lose their value as human beings. We think nothing of putting them into long term facilities but they almost never put themselves there. Advertisements on broadcast media for such places are openly aimed at those related to the old people who wish to put them there. These facilities exist not for the residents but for those who no longer love them enough to care for them. It could be described as fair weather love. I had a wonderful neighbor who was perfectly lucid and living alone taking good care of himself. His children put him in a nursing home and I never saw him again nor knew where he was. There are more examples I could give but the script is identical. Take heed! We are writing our own fates!