A sadistic married couple laughed at an autistic woman as they forced her to eat her mother’s cremated ashes mixed with milk.
Terry Knope, 45, and his wife Raylaine Knope, 42, tormented the disabled 22-year-old woman, who they made live in an outdoor cage in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.
The couple pleaded guilty on Monday to multiple charges including forced labor conspiracy and a hate crime for shooting the victim with a BB gun because she was autistic.
Prosecutors said the victim, identified only as ‘DP’ came to live with the Knopes, whom she was related to, after her mother died in 2015.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said the woman faced ‘unfathomable and despicable’ abuse at the hands of the couple, who held her captive in their backyard.
Court documents describe the instances of vile abuse, which included burning her with a cigarette lighter, dumping buckets of human waste on her, forcing her to eat dog feces, as well as her mother’s ashes, which they poured in a bowl with milk and made her eat with a spoon.
Prosecutors said the family also made the woman simulate sex acts with a jalepeno pepper and remove her clothes to make sexual advances towards men, according to The Advocate.
According to court documents, the woman was forced to take methamphetamine and painkillers. Afterwards, her family threatened to turn her into police for drug use if she did not obey them.
The victim’s relatives reportedly stood by and laughed as they subjected the woman to the abuse, WNCT reported.
Deputies discovered the abuse in the backyard of the family’s Rushing Lane home in June 2016 – where she had Read More – Source