I live just outside of Philly. This story broke over the weekend and went national (albeit weakly) yesterday: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/19/justice/pennsylvania-disabled-chained/index.html?iref=allsearch http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Police-Find-4-Chained-in-Basement-131920083.html The basics: -They were kidnapped apparently to steal their disability checks. -Four is now twelve, including two children apparently fathered by one of the four first found and a niece of the ringleader, tortured nearly to death and missing for 11 years. -The ringleader spent 8 years in jail for murdering an ex-boyfriend in 1981 -- by locking him in a closet, until he starved to death, for refusing to pay child support. -An additional fifty IDs were found in the ringleader's possession. The media is being disturbingly quiet about speculating on their fate. I suppose as bad as it is, speculation that it could be far, far worse is tough to think about. -The kidnappers apparently have moved around in order to evade inefficient social workers. A city official touted their capture as evidence of the superiority of Philly social services as compared to other cities/states. No doubt that care is much improved in the five years since subcontracted social workers rubber-stamped forms instead of checking on an at-risk girl, who subsequently starved to death at the hands of her parents. I think what disturbs me most about this is the motive. Greed. In other cases, such as the one in Austria a couple of years ago, it is easy to write them off as simple deviants. Just plain crazy. But greed as a motive? Everyone has greed to one extent or another. It is a normal feeling that in this case was taken to an abnormal extreme.