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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Captive woman wrote over 500 love letters to neighbour

THIS is the letter reportedly written by a woman held captive for 30 years in London.

In it, she declares her love for a neighbour and warns him not to confront her captors, police believe.

Marius Feneck (26), who lives in the same building where police rescued the three women from years of captivity, said the 30-year-old woman wrote him more than 500 love letters over a seven-year period.

The youngest of the three women is believed to have been born into a failed cult and lived with her captors, who also held an Irish woman and a Malaysian woman.

Police are guarding an address in Peckford Place, Brixton, in south London, believed to be where the three women were held captive for 30 years.

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Mr Feneck has now released a copy of what he says is one of the letters sent to him by the young captive.

"Do not reply. Do not confront this lot," she warns, before opening the letter with "My darling angel".

In the letter, the writer asked Mr Feneck not to show it to anybody or to try to do anything for her.

"These monsters here are absolutely evil and racist. I begged them that night not to tear us apart, but they said they'll HARM YOU if I don't promise to stay away from you," it continued.

The writer said they were imprisoned with the doors and windows locked, and they could not get out on their own.

"I'm taking a great risk to give this to you, but I can't bear to keep the truth from you any longer," wrote the woman.

The flawless spelling, punctuation and flourishes to the handwriting indicate the writer is educated and bright.

"I love you, my life is not worth living if I let harm come to you, my own heart and soul, the rising of my sun every morning," says the letter.

The writer describes the captors as "crooks" who "dare to call themselves my 'relatives'".

The Metropolitan Police said the matter of an alleged historic report to police "has formed part of the ongoing investigation".

A spokesman also said the police are still trying to establish if the Irish woman rescued from the house is from north or south of the border.

Two suspects, a man and a woman both aged 67 from Tanzania and India, who were arrested on Thursday, have been released on bail after being questioned over immigration and false imprisonment charges relating to the three women.

Mr Feneck told British media that the young woman who wrote the letters was "a nice girl but very odd".

cfeehan@herald.ie

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