Katie Beers is speaking out about her kidnapping that captured that country’s attention in 1993. Now, 20 years later, Beers is saying that the abduction was actually a positive thing in her life.
"[It was] the best thing that happened to me," she said. "I would have never gotten out of the abuse situation I was in."
For those that may not recall, Katie Beers was just 10-years-old when she was kidnapped by a man named John Esposito. Esposito, who at the time was a friend of Katie’s family, took Beers to his home and placed her inside a coffin-sized box.
She remained in that box for more the 2 weeks, chained underneath Esposito’s home.
Now, more than two decades after that horrible ordeal, Katie has decided to speak out. Returning to the public eye to promote her new, "Buried Memories: Katie Beers' Story," Katie hopes her story can both shed light on her kidnapping, as well as inspire or help anyone who’s dealing with adversity.
"I try not to be sad about what happened, because ultimately it made me who I am today, and I'm very satisfied and happy with my life," Beers told to Associated Press.
In her book, Beers not only discusses the kidnapping, but also the fact that she was raped by a man named Sal Inghilleri. Inghilleri, according to Fox New York, was the husband of Beers’ godmother.