The young woman kept as a ‘slave’ all her life became obsessed with a neighbour, writing him scented love letters and sending him photographs of herself, it was claimed last night.
The 30-year-old allegedly held captive by a cult-like Left-wing commune along with two older women was seen as ‘spooky’ by neighbours but did have some contact with the outside world.
Police were last night guarding an address on an estate in Brixton, South London, believed to be where the three women – aged 69, 57 and 30 – were kept for some of the 30 years they spent in captivity.
Lambeth Council was under pressure last night to reveal how much it knew about the women, rescued last month from a housing association flat where they were living with two suspected illegal immigrants from Tanzania and India.
The suspect man and woman, both 67, were arrested on Thursday but released on bail after being questioned over false imprisonment and immigration offences.
Neighbours said they often saw a young woman who lived at the property staring out of the window or accompanying an elderly couple to the shops. The woman, apparently born in Britain and called Rose, allegedly tried to become close to a man living in a nearby flat – and was jealous of his girlfriend.
Marius Feneck, who lives two floors above the alleged slave home, told The Mail on Sunday last night: ‘She used to send me pictures and write me letters about how she wanted to be with me. I wasn’t interested but she wouldn’t stop trying to get with me.’
He showed seven photographs of a slim, brunette woman with pale skin, wearing Western clothes, claiming she stuck them on his door to ‘tempt’ him.
Mr Feneck’s girlfriend, Rachael Price, 25, said ‘Rose’ had been writing him love letters for seven years, posting them when she walked to the local Tesco supermarket with her alleged captors.
‘They were scented and she would walk slightly behind the old couple as they passed the building’s letterboxes on the ground floor, so she could slip them in our letter box.
‘In them she said she loved him and wanted to be with him for ever. There must have been about 500 letters sent to him over the years, some with lipstick kisses on them, and they were deeply obsessive. But she told him never to visit her because she lived with people who were racist.’
Miss Price said the alleged captive had recently written her a ‘vile letter’ falsely accusing her of attacking Mr Feneck.
‘She said I was disgusting, and my children didn’t deserve me. Rose had a weird dead-eyed look to her and I was scared of her. I was thinking of going to the police. If I had gone, she might have got away earlier.’
The young woman and her alleged captors lived in a ground-floor flat in the housing association block, which is thought to have been built only a decade ago, along with the two older women. Police are looking for other properties the group previously lived in.
The women were seen digging up weeds outside as well as visiting shops, and even allegedly chatting to police officers on the estate.
It emerged yesterday that the couple suspected of holding the women captive came to Britain in the 1960s. Scotland Yard said the man met the older victims – one Irish, the other Malaysian – in London ‘through a shared political ideology’ and they all lived together in a ‘collective’.
The commune collapsed but the two women continued to live with the suspects and were subjected to ‘emotional and physical abuse’.
Police said they were so in thrall to their captors they initially refused to let police arrest them after they were rescued.
‘Rose’ is thought to have lived with them all her life but her birth was registered with the authorities – prompting questions as to why health visitors or school bosses never checked up on her. Last night Lambeth Council refused to comment.
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