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Kincaid Film: “Kidnapping Grandma” Nominated for Awards at NewsFest

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Kidnapping Grandma Documentary Film by Linda Kincaid

PRESS RELEASE: July 14, 2021

A Los Angeles County deputy killed a disabled African American man with a knee to the throat. There were no consequences for his actions.A decade later in San Bernardino County, the same deputy aided the kidnapping and abuse of a wealthy elderly woman. The victim was taken from her home and hidden from family. Her million-dollar estate was stolen by the kidnappers. An assisted living facility held the woman prisoner and denied all visitors except the kidnappers. The deputy protected the perpetrators and threatened family. There were no consequences for his actions. The court ultimately appointed the kidnapper as conservator over her victim. Sworn testimony from the perpetrators revealed the saga.NewsFest 2021Las Vegas, July 26 – 31Trailer on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/5699505

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The Fortress Part Two of Five: Protected in Hell

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Padlocked refrigerator at Oak Park unlicensed group home. Image by Slone Terranella

A Michigan court tasked with protecting its most vulnerable citizens has become home to a roiling controversy charging abuse, exploitation, robbery and neglect.

By Gretchen Rachel Hammond, Slone Terranella, Ellen Chamberlain and Hope Winkles

Editor: Christie Chisholm

Research: Gretchen Rachel Hammond, Slone Terranella, Ellen Chamberlain and Hope Winkles

Forensic investigator: Tim Mulholland, CFE, MSAF

“Get me the hell out of here!”

It was a Saturday evening on Thanksgiving weekend, 2018, and Carolyn was sobbing bitterly in the living room of an unassuming four-bedroom bungalow on Leslie Street in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park.

The home was one of a myriad of unlicensed small group facilities across Michigan’s Oakland, Wayne and Genesee Counties in which adults and developmentally disabled individuals have been placed after being declared an “incapacitated ward” by Oakland County Probate Court Judges, Jennifer Callaghan, Linda Hallmark, Daniel A. O’Brien and Chief Judge Kathleen Ryan.

Carolyn, 64, who like her two roommates, Rita and Mary, asked to keep her last name private, had been moved into the facility by her court-appointed guardian and former Oakland County Public Administrator John Yun.

The three women told this investigation that they had been alone since the previous Wednesday, when all staff left for the Thanksgiving holiday. On their way out, someone had wrapped a large chain around the handles of the kitchen’s refrigerator/freezer combo unit and padlocked them shut. More

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