Monster behind torture bunker diesVinson Filyaw was arrested in September 2006. Picture: Kershaw County Sheriff
A monster who kidnapped a 14-year-old girl and kept her in an underground bunker for 10 days – where he raped and tortured her – has died in prison.
Vinson Filyaw, 51, was serving a 421-year sentence after pleading guilty to the horrific 2006 crime.
He was found unresponsive in his cell at the McCormick Correctional Institution, in the US state of North Carolina.
Filyaw’s disturbing kidnapping plot was featured in a 2018 lifetime show called The Girl in the Bunker.
Filyaw pleaded guilty in 2007.
Barney Giese, who prosecuted the case, described Filyaw as “a bad guy”.
“He got 421 years and deserved every day of it,” Mr Giese told The State.
During his sentencing, Judge Thomas Cooper said what Filyaw had done was “unforgivable”.
“You have preyed upon helpless victims with violence and in a savage manner,” he said at the time.
Evidence in the case showed that in September 2006, Filyaw stalked the young teen as she got off a school bus in Kershaw County.
He then impersonated a police officer, putting her under arrest because her family was cultivating weed, the paper reported in 2007.
He took the teenager into the woods, raped her and put a necklace around her neck that he said would explode if she made an escape attempt, the report said.
Filyaw also had three other bunkers around Kershaw County, according to The State.
Jack Duncan, Filyaw’s defence lawyer, said ahead of sentencing that his client suffered from paranoia, delusions and alcoholism.
Still, Filyaw received a jaw-dropping 421-year sentence.
“It’s the longest specific sentence, I think, in South Carolina history,” Mr Duncan said.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission