||| Rene Johnston and Carlos Osorio/ Toronto Star |||
Gary Willett Sr. is the kind of person that walks in the shadows of people's worst nightmares. He has been charged with forcible confinement and assault after he kept a couple locked in his basement for almost 25 years. The whole time Willett Sr. neglected to provide basic necessities feeding his captives dog food from a dark basement floor rotting their teeth. When the couple gave birth, Willett Sr. took their child as his own parading him around openly while his birth parents remained locked in the basement.
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The nightmarish story began in the late 1980's when Gary Willett Sr. and his wife found a couple digging for food in a dumpster and offered them a place to stay. Little did they know that fateful day would be the start of their enslavement.
The prosecution alleges while the couple were forced to stay in their basement, the Willetts took their government disability checks and then ultimately their baby son.
The boy's biological father remained trapped in the basement as a prisoner for more than two decades, he was often beaten so badly his nose would bleed enough to fill a toilet bowl he testified in court. "They threatened me to be there," he said. "They said, if you ever try to leave, that we’d put you in a mental institution. And I didn’t want that so I didn’t leave." In 2012, he finally did leave when he was convinced to escape in a waiting car by his now grown son who knew him only as the man who lived in the basement.
A recent paternity test revealed the boy, who is now 28, is son and he is seeking justice for all of the years taken from him. His alleged captors, Gary Willett Sr. and his wife Maria Willett are both facing multiple charges from forcible confinement and assault to theft and abduction of a child under the age of 14.
The twisted tale is still unfolding in court.
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