Strange odors sometimes wafted from this dilapidated house in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia, smells that neighbors likened to burning flesh. Then there were the odd noises: hammering at all hours, and what sounded like an electric saw and other power tools. Heavy-metal music blared day and night. But no one suspected the horrors that Philadelphia police discovered back in 1987, when they raided the house owned by Gary Heidnik, 43, a self-anointed “bishop” of his own church who flashed rolls of money and drove expensive cars.


Parts of one woman’s body were found in the freezer, and pieces of bone were located elsewhere in the kitchen. In the dungeon-like basement, furnished only with a portable toilet and two mattresses, three half-naked women clung to life. Two of them were chained to sewer pipes; the third was imprisoned in a shallow open pit covered with plywood weighted down by bags of dirt. Said Chief Inspector James Gallagher of the Philadelphia police department: “It was ghastly.”

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As of the date of this post, the building has been completely demolished.