Tacony ‘dungeon’ case ends with admission of hate crimes against disabled

January 11, 2018

By Staff

The final defendant accused in a decade-long, multi-state plot to kidnap, enslave and torture disabled adults pleaded guilty Thursday to federal hate-crime charges, drawing to a close a case that shocked Philadelphia more than six years ago.

Nicklaus Woodard, 31, of West Palm Beach, Fla., admitted that he helped ringleader Linda Weston hold victims captive for years in cramped basement hovels, cupboards and attics — all so she could steal their government benefit checks.

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