Colleen Stan & the Box

posted: 16 April 2021 | categories: Sex Crimes

credit: USA Today

the crime

In 1977, twenty-year-old Colleen Stan decided to leave Eugene, Oregon and hitchhike to California for a friend’s birthday party. She never made it. Along the way, she accepted a ride from a young couple with a baby. That would be the last she was seen for seven years.

Colleen’s captor was Cameron Hooker, a sadist who had hunted for a girl to be his sex slave. He had prepared for this, creating a “head” box (a soundproofed contraption akin to sensory deprivation), which had sat on the back seat next to her for quite some time, although Colleen had no idea what it was. But not long into her capitivity, Hooker drove down a deserted dirt road, bound and gagged her, and then locked her head into the box.

When they got to the couple’s home, the box was removed, and Hooker hung her from the rafters in the cellar. He then proceeded to torture her before having sex with his wife under her. After that, she was chained and forced into a crate that was small enough that she had no choice to sit, only coming out of it when Hooker chose to allow it.

Eventually, the couple moved to a remote trailer where Hooker built a coffinlike box that was stowed under the couple’s bed. Colleen was locked in this box for all but an hour each night when he brought her out to torture her… burning, whipping, and electrocuting before ritualistically raping her.[1]Maloney, Allison. “Colleen Stan Shares Terrifying Rape, Kidnap Story in The Girl In The Box.” The Sun, 27 Jan. 2021, News.com.au, … Continue reading The only restriction on Hooker’s treatment of Colleen came from his wife, Janice. She insisted that there be no penetrative sex with Colleen. Although, this would come to change in the future.[2]Green, Jim B. (2009). Colleen Stan: The Simple Gifts of Life. Dubbed by the Media “The Girl in the Box” and “The Sex Slave”.


the “company”

During her captivity, Colleen was brainwashed into believing in the existance of “The Company.” According to Hooker, The Company was a widespread organization of likeminded men who enforced the subservience and obedience of their slaves. Hooker went so far as to make her sign a “slave contract” to ensure her compliance. Over time, Colleen was given more freedom out of the box, even outdoors in public view. But the threat of The Company was effective; she never tried to escape.[3]Maloney, Allison. “Colleen Stan Shares Terrifying Rape, Kidnap Story in The Girl In The Box.” The Sun, 27 Jan. 2021, News.com.au, … Continue reading

The brainwashing was so complete that, three years into her time of captivity, Hooker even took her to visit her parents in Oregon. He left her alone with them for the better part of a day, and she never told them that he was anything other than her boyfriend, and that she was happy. Her family, however, wondered if she’d joined a cult, but still accepted her explanations and let her leave.[4]Maloney, Allison. “Colleen Stan Shares Terrifying Rape, Kidnap Story in The Girl In The Box.” The Sun, 27 Jan. 2021, News.com.au, … Continue reading


the end

When Hooker told his wife that he wanted to make Colleen his second wife, that was the end for her. She told Colleen the truth about The Company, as well as telling her the truth of her own history with Hooker.

She’d met him when she was just fifteen, quickly becoming his target for the same sexual sadism Colleen had suffered. In a desperate attempt to escape that, she signed a contract of her own with her husband, allowing him to find a sex slave so that she would be free from that.

In August of 1984, after seven years of captivity, Janice drove Colleen to the bus station, facilitating her escape.[5]Maloney, Allison. “Colleen Stan Shares Terrifying Rape, Kidnap Story in The Girl In The Box.” The Sun, 27 Jan. 2021, News.com.au, … Continue reading


the bizarre

On the way out of town, Colleen phone Hooker to tell him that she knew the truth and that she was leaving. And Hooker burst into tears. But she still went home, leaving Hooker behind. Yet even so, she didn’t report him. Instead, she called him repeatedly for months, hoping that he’d change his ways. In the end, it was Janice who went to the police, also accusing him of the rape and murder of another girl before Colleen.[6]Maloney, Allison. “Colleen Stan Shares Terrifying Rape, Kidnap Story in The Girl In The Box.” The Sun, 27 Jan. 2021, News.com.au, … Continue reading


the punishment

Janice was given immunity from all charges, due to her cooperation with the police and her assistance in gaining her husband’s conviction. In November of 1985, Hooker received 104 yeaars for kidnapping, rape, and torture.[7]Johnson, Julie R. “Red Bluff Kidnap, Rape, Torture Convict’s Release Date Pending.” Corning Observer, 18 Feb. 2021, Corning Observer, … Continue reading


the aftermath

Initially, Hooker would not be eligible for parole until 2022. However, a change in state law in relation to elderly prisons made him eligible for a reduction in sentence. This reduced his sentence from 104 years to 74. Therefore, he went before the parole board in 2015, but his petition was denied. But this wasn’t the end of it. Prisoners are allowed to earn credit during incarceration, and with the reduction in his sentence, that meant that he could have had a possible release date of March 2021. However, in July of 2020, the state’s Board of Parole Hearings had Hooker evaluated for possible classification as a sexually violent predator, due to his diagnosed mental illnesses and the brevity of his crimes. Hooker is to remain incarcerated, pending the results of this evaluation.[8]Johnson, Julie R. “Red Bluff Kidnap, Rape, Torture Convict’s Release Date Pending.” Corning Observer, 18 Feb. 2021, Corning Observer, … Continue reading

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