A woman who was raped and tortured for seven years after being kidnapped on her way to a friend’s party has said she learned to “go somewhere else” in her mind to escape the horror of her daily life.
Colleen Stan was 20 years old when she was abducted in May 1977 by Cameron Hooker and his wife Janice and taken to their home in Red Bluff, north California.
She was held captive as a sex slave by the couple and spent years locked in a homemade wooden box for 23 hours a day, brought out only to be raped, beaten and emotionally abused.
“I thought I was going to die,” Ms Stan, 59, told US magazine People ahead of the release of a TV film of her ordeal, called ‘The Girl in the Box’.
Ms Stan accepted a lift from Mr and Mrs Hooker, near her home in west Oregon. But while she said the pair – who had their baby with them – initially seemed nice, things soon turned ugly.