Katie Beers (born December 30, 1982) was kidnapped in New York in 1992 at age 9, by a friend of the family, and held in an underground bunker for sixteen days. She was eventually found alive.
She disappeared on December 28, 1992, two days before her tenth birthday. She left a message on her godmother's answering machine saying, "I've been kidnapped by a man with a knife." She had been kidnapped by John Esposito, a close family friend. Esposito falsely claimed that she was kidnapped by a third party while at the Spaceplex indoor amusement park, but security cameras disclosed that Esposito entered Spaceplex by himself. On January 13, 1993, she was found alive in a secret bunker beneath Esposito's Bay Shore, New York home.
- ^ Rabinovitz, Jonathan (December 31, 1992). "Police Query 2 in Search For Girl, 10". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE4D6103DF932A05751C1A964958260. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- ^ McQuiston, John T. (June 29, 1994). "Calm, Collected Katie Beers Testifies in Sex Abuse Case". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E02E7D7143CF93AA15755C0A962958260. Retrieved 2008-10-24. "Katie, who gained national fame when she was kidnapped in 1992 by a family friend and held in an underground bunker for 16 days, cast her eyes about the crowded courtroom and then broke into a broad smile when she saw several of her old school friends. Call Her Katie"
- ^ "Former kidnap victims recall ordeals that came afterward". CNN. Friday, March 14, 2003. http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/West/03/13/life.after.kidnapping/. Retrieved 2010-11-04. "Katie Beers was 10 years old when she was kidnapped and sexually abused for 16 days by family friend John Esposito in 1992. While she was kept in an underground dungeon, she watched on closed-circuit television as police searched Esposito's home in vain."
- ^ Herzog, Arthur (2003). 17 Days: The Katie Beers Story. iUniverse. ISBN 0-595-27146-4. http://books.google.com/books?id=mjERwP7LGTcC&pg.