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Where are Cameron and Janice Hooker now? English Headline


COLLEEN Stan was 20 years old when she was kidnapped and kept in a coffin-like box under Cameron and Janice Hooker’s bed.

The couple kept Stan as a sex slave for seven years before she was finally able to escape.

Colleen Stan was held captive by Cameron (pictured) and his wife Janice Hooker for seven years

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Colleen Stan was held captive by Cameron (pictured) and his wife Janice Hooker for seven yearsCredit: Splash News

Who are Cameron and Janice Hooker?

Colleen Stan was 20 years old when she tried to hitch a ride to a friend’s birthday party and was picked up by Cameron and Janice Hooker on May 19, 1977.

The couple pulled over at a rest area in the midst of the drive so Stan could use the bathroom, and The UK Mirror reported that she told PEOPLE she had an instinct to run.

“A voice told me to run and jump out a window and never look back,” she said.

But she told herself she was being paranoid and climbed back in the car when she saw a “head box.”

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“[Cameron] had taken this wooden box and set it on the back seat,” she said. “I didn’t know what it was. But I later found out it was a ‘head’ box.”

It was 300 miles to Cameron and Janice’s home in Red Bluff, California but they stopped along the side of the road under the premise of sightseeing when Cameron threatened Stan with a knife.

Stan was bound and gagged and had her head locked in the 20 lb box that was also built to be soundproof.

When they arrived at the couple’s home, Stan’s wrists were hung from chains in the basement and Cameron blindfolded, raped, and beat her before having sex with his wife in front of her.

“I was terrified,” Stan told Closer in 2009. “Janice watched as Cameron tortured me and then they had sex in front of me.

“I was convinced they were going to kill me. I was tied up and put into a wooden box measuring 3ft by 6ft for the rest of the night.”

The daily rituals continued as Stan was kept in the coffin-like box underneath Cameron and Janice’s bed for 23 hours a day and was only let out at night.

“I was stretched on racks, electrocuted, whipped until I bled and tied up by my wrists and left to hang for hours on end,” Stan said of her time spent outside of the box.

Seven months after she was kidnapped, Stan was forced to sign a sex slave contract that stated she was owned by Cameron and would have to obey him.

She was also told if she disobeyed or tried to run away, an organization called “The Company” would come after her and her family.

Stan told Closer: “He told me he belonged to a very powerful international organization called The Company. He compared it to the mafia and said if I ran away they’d come and get me.

“He told me I’d be nailed to a cross and left for days. And by then I was so broken I believed him.

She continued: “After signing the contract I was allowed out of the box for an hour a day to clean their house.”

Three years after she was kidnapped, Cameron allowed Stan to visit her family at their home for one day but she said she was so terrified of “The Company” that she didn’t dare tell her parents where she had been.

“We mostly talked about everything I’d missed out on – special occasions and family news. They were convinced I’d joined a cult,” she told the outlet.

She said when Cameron came back to the house to pick her up, she pretended he was her fiance, even allowing her parents to take a photo of them.

“They wanted an address for us but Cameron told them we were in the process of moving and he’d send it to them. I was distraught but too scared to contradict him,” she said.

How did Colleen Stan escape?

Stan had been with Cameron and Janice for seven years when she learned something seemingly unbelievable – The Company didn’t exist.

Janice had met Cameron when she was 15 years old and claimed to have undergone abuse from him when he told her he wanted a sex slave.

It was right before they kidnapped Stan, and Janice was made to sign a contract that Cameron could have a sex slave with the caveat that he would only have sex with Janice.

Over the course of seven years, Janice stood by while Cameron tortured Stan, but when he told her he wanted another sex slave, Janice decided to take action.

Stan had been allowed to get a job and was working as a maid at a nearby motel when Janice went to see her and told her there was no Company.

“I was confused and despite my absolute fear of Cameron and belief in The Company I ran away with Janice,” Stan told Closer.

Janice took Stan to a bus stop where she could make the 10-hour trip home, but before she left, Stan said she called Cameron to tell him she was leaving.

Later in court, Stan said they shared a tearful goodbye and Cameron said he “loved” her.

Mark Olver, a professor of psychology at the University of Saskatchewan who specializes in sexual deviance, psychopathy, and recidivism prediction told A&E True Crime that it is unusual that a predator would formulate an attachment the same as someone who suffered a breakup in a romantic relationship.

“People who are so psychopathic are so self-serving,” he said. “But…it’s possible he could’ve had an attachment to her—as sadistic and one-sided and brutal and terrorizing the relationship was.

“But I don’t know if it’s an attachment or the loss of the human sex object.”

After her escape, Stan didn’t go to the authorities and said she was convinced that Cameron would “reform.”

It was instead Janice who went to the police three months later and gave them all the information they needed in exchange for immunity.

Cameron Hooker was convicted and sentenced to 104 years in prison in 1985

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Cameron Hooker was convicted and sentenced to 104 years in prison in 1985Credit: Splash News

Where are Cameron and Janice Hooker now?

Despite Janice’s initial attempt to help Cameron destroy evidence of Stan’s captivity, she agreed to work with the police in exchange for her immunity.

Janice agreed to testify against her husband and describe the abuse she said he had likewise inflicted on her.

Cameron tried to convince the jury that he and Stan had consensual sex and that she had fallen in love with him and stayed because she wanted to.

The jury didn’t believe his claims and he was found guilty of seven out of eight counts of kidnapping and raping Stan.

Cameron was convicted in 1985 and was sentenced to 104 years in prison for kidnapping Stan and keeping her as a sex slave.

After Cameron was sentenced, the judge stated that Cameron was “the worst psychopath I have ever dealt with.”

There is little known about Janice since the trial and she has since changed her last name and has remained anonymous as she raises her two daughters.

In June 2022, Cameron headed back to the courtroom to establish if he is eligible for parole.

The trial will determine if he should be labeled a sexually violent predator, according to the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office.

Cameron became eligible for parole in 2015 because of California’s Elderly Parole Program. His parole was denied at the time.

However, Tehama County District Attorney Matthew Rogers told ABC7 News: “Because of changes to California sentencing law, his sentence was reduced down based on changes to credit calculations and things like that.”

He added: “A judge heard the evidence from the state doctors and….determined that there is probable cause to believe that Hooker does meet the definition of a sexually violent predator.”

If he is convicted, he will be confined to a mental health facility.

Stan has continued to push for Cameron to remain behind bars, telling ABC7: “What if he gets out and he comes for your daughter? What if he gets out and goes after your granddaughter or your wife?”

“What about us? What about us who have survived these crimes? How come we are not important, how come only his rights are important? Why are my rights not important?” said Stan.

She continued: “We hear stories of people that have been let out early all the time that then go out and re-offend,” Stan said.

“So absolutely I think it’s an atrocity that they are not doing anything to try and protect us anymore, and they’re just letting these people out.”

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“He’s just an evil person. He just is… I would really love to say that he is a different person…but he’s not,” Stan concluded.

Cameron was scheduled to return to court on September 14, 2022, although no information has been released regarding the proceedings.





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