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Story Pick: A Tormenting Tale


Teka Adams was nine months pregnant when she was held hostage for four days. Photo by Carol Guzy/The Washington Post

A haunting story on the front page of the Post today begins by taking us into the sparsely decorated room where a pregnant woman was held captive for days. We see the tan carpet, an ironing board, a television with a stack of DVDs, a futon mattress, "bare, no frame, just a pad." And then this:

"The blinds were drawn, so it was hard to know the time exactly, but Teka figured it was close to midday. Her hands were bound with duct tape, and there was a days-old wound on her side with two ribbons of coagulated blood where the woman holding her captive had sliced her with a box cutter. Teka was nine months pregnant. Her due date was tomorrow."

In this vivid, uncluttered way (there aren’t many quotes), reporters Liza Mundy and Matt Zapotosky take us to a place none of us ever want to be: helpless, unsure what will happen from one moment to the next.

The details are rich. The context comes packed with facts, but isn't distracting. And the 2694 words flow so easily that at the end you’ll be glad there’s a second part coming.

Here's the entire piece. And check out the photo gallery.

By Theresa Vargas  | June 15, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  Preganant, Teka Adams, captive, hostage  
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