One of Long Island's most notorious kidnappings has come back into the mind of the public.
Twenty years after young Katie Beers of Bay Shore went missing she recalled her abduction in today's Newsday. Only nine years old at the time of her abduction, Beers is today a 30-year-old mother of two living in Pennsylvania.
Back in 1993, her abduction garnered national attention. She had been reported missing by an adult family friend, John Esposito, after he had taken her to an arcade. However, Esposito it turned out was her abductor. He kept her for over two weeks in an underground bunker beneath his Bay Shore home.
He later admitted to authorities where she was, leading to her rescue on Jan. 13, 1993.
Even before the abduction, Beers' young life had been filled with difficulties and tragedy. She was left at her godparent's home when she was just two months old, with whom she would spend the next nine years with. Her godparents treated her like a servant, according to the article, and her godmother's husband later went to prison for sexually abusing her.
Espositio was also sent to jail for the abduction, sentenced to 15 years. He remains in prison today.
Beers will also be releasing a book, chronicling her life and what she went through called "Buried Memories."