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Buried Memories: A Vulnerable Girl and Her Story of Survival Paperback – April 13, 2015
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About the Author
Katie Beers is a married mother of two, currently works as a motivational speaker as well as in a family-run insurance business. As a profoundly neglected and abused child, she was kidnapped and locked in an underground coffin-like box for 17 days. The kidnapping of Katie Beers made worldwide headlines in late 1992. Katie, at the center of a national media storm, dropped out of sight 20 years ago. Katie has a Bachelor's degree in accounting and lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and their two children.Carolyn Gusoff is an Emmy award winning broadcast journalist currently working the Long Island beat for WCBS-TV. She has covered some of the most high profile news stories in New York City. Prior to WCBS, she reported live daily for Good Day New York, Fox5 WNYW for 3 years, and was Long Island Bureau Chief at WNBC for 15 years, also co-anchoring Weekend Today in New York.A graduate of Columbia University and Cornell, she was born in NYC and lives on Long Island with her husband and two children.
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Though this is a story filled with the darkness of child abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse, it will leave your spirits soaring on that thing called hope.
I am so glad to have met Katie Beers and the members of her team. These slayers of dragons. These people of faith and belief in standing up and doing the right thing thing, and in the protection of children.
You will be hard-pressed to find another heroine like Katie, for that is what this courageous young woman is. A heroine with a largeness of heart even for those who have so terribly wronged her.
Simply and carefully written from alternating points of view of the two women, the violence is never sensationalized as Katie's story unfolds.
Do not miss this book.
I surrendered two days to it exclusively and I will never forget this story of the people in it.
Twenty years after the Jan 13, 1993 abduction of the then ten year old girl made headlines, Katie Beers has published her story. During the seventeen days she was held chained and captive in an underground prison the size of a tiny closet, the police investigated and discovered that she was suffering abuse at home: being severely neglected by her mother and abused and molested by a couple who lived with and preyed on her family. The school system, neighbors, and police failed her miserably through the first 10 years of her life. Her brother, six years her senior, was her one hero, but when he tried to protect her he was horribly abused as well.
Often in these cases, after the abuse comes to light, the child goes through many other horrible mis-handlings through failings of the foster care and legal system. Not so here. Her foster parents become her Mom and Dad, she thrived in school, received the counseling she needed, and was able to love and be loved and have healthy adult relationships.
This is an amazing account, if it were not true no one would believe it. It is exceptionally well written by a reporter who covered the crime and continued to hold a deep interest for Katie Beers over the years. The first half of the book tells the story from start to finish and then the second half moves into more details on the crime including absolutely chilling transcripts of audio recordings made by her captor during the time she was held prisoner.
I read through the book quickly cover to cover to know the story. I will most definitely read it over again, slowly, for the wisdoms of this brave and resilient survivor. My hope for Katie Beers is that the telling of her story is not only healing for her but freeing for others and that it will lead to her capture (who can be paroled anytime) to remain safely behind bars.
I liked Katie's open and candid review of the chain of events, she has clearly had one heck of al therapist. Her adoptive family are truly amazing people. They reached out and made a difference for this poor kid. I am so proud that Katie did not allow her life to be ruined by this horrendous trauma.