It was a sensationalized story that captivated the nation and it happened in our backyard.
Katie Beers was 10-year-old in late 1992 when a family acquaintance abducted her from his Bay Shore, New York home. For more than two weeks, Beers was chained in nothing more than a coffin size box.
Those who recall the story, recall the outrage attached to it.
Now WCBS/Channel 2 Long Island reporter Carolyn Gusoff has co-authored a book with Beers, describing in detail the ugly ordeal that the young girl endured.
Gusoff, first floated the idea in 2008, but on a much smaller scale. At the time, Sal Inghilleri, convicted in 1994 for sexually abusing Beers, was back in court. It triggered Gusoff to think of Beers finally telling about her ordeal.
“So I tracked her down, which was no easy task,” Gusoff tells FishbowlNY. “She had been shrouded in secrecy and anonymity for years.”
But the plucky reporter used her sources to eventually find Beers’ foster parents. They shot down any exclusive interview for local news (Gusoff was at WNBC then). Rather than submit her story for a two-minute TV story, Beers was determined to have it told in book form.
“I volunteered. It was a story that was close to my heart that I covered 20 years ago,” Gusoff says. “I just felt, ‘Who knows this case better than I do?’”