Katie Beers was kidnapped in New York in 1992 at age 9, by a friend of the family, and held in an underground bunker for sixteen days.

She was kidnapped by John Esposito on December 28, 1992, two days before her tenth birthday. She had left for a day out with Esposito, a close family friend. On January 13, 1993, she was found alive in a secret, bunker beneath Esposito's Bay Shore, New York home.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Calm, Collected Katie Beers Testifies in Sex Abuse Case". New York Times. June 29, 1994. Retrieved 2008-10-24. "Katie, who gained national fame when she was kidnapped in 1992 by a family friend and held in an underground bunker for 16 days, cast her eyes about the crowded courtroom and then broke into a broad smile when she saw several of her old school friends. Call Her Katie" 
  2. ^ "Former kidnap victims recall ordeals that came afterward". CNN. Friday, March 14, 2003. Retrieved 2008-10-24. "Katie Beers was 10 years old when she was kidnapped and sexually abused for 16 days by family friend John Esposito in 1992. While she was kept in an underground dungeon, she watched on closed-circuit television as police searched Esposito's home in vain." 
  3. ^ Herzog, Arthur (2003). 17 Days: The Katie Beers Story. iUniverse. ISBN 0595271464.