In 1977, a young woman was kidnapped by a seemingly safe-looking couple while hitchhiking from Oregon to California. For over seven years she would be held against her will, suffering daily whippings, rapes, and other unimaginable tortures. When she was finally able to make her escape, the public was horrified and baffled. Horrified after hearing the details of her life of captivity in a box and baffled that this young woman wouldn’t take advantage of her small bouts of freedom to run for her life. When she finally escaped, she had a whole new battle to survive; convincing a jury to recognize Stockholm Syndrome.
In Murder in the Rain’s episode ‘2,640 Days’, you’ll learn about Colleen Stan, the woman who was kidnapped by Cameron and Janice Hooker and held captive in the most unspeakable conditions. She started as ‘The Girl in the Box’ but soon became ‘The Girl that Survived’. You’ll also learn about another girl, the first victim, one who didn’t survive; Marie Elizabeth Spannhake.
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Wikipedia - Stockholm Syndrome | BBC What is Stockholm Syndrome | Christine McGuire & Carla Norton - Perfect Victim | Caselaw - People v Hooker | Ranker - 18 Disturbing Details | Appeal Democrat - Red Bluff Kidnap, Rape, Torture | KRCTV - Clinging to Cameron Hooker | Charley Project - Marie Elizabeth Spannhake | Cineflex International Media - Girl in the Box | A&E - Colleen Stan Was Kidnapped
| All That’s Interesting - Cameron Hooker | Colleen Stan Girl in the Box Part 1 | Colleen Stan: Girl in the box Part 2 | UPI - A prosecution expert witness |
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