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RAPE DUNGEON; Psycho repeatedly raped four women he kept chained in a 12ft by 8ft cell.

Byline: RICHARD WALLACE

A SILENCE of the Lambs-style slavemaster kept four women chained in a dungeon and forced them to keep a diary logging when they'd been raped.

Retired handyman John Jamelske, 67, also kept a 10ft crucifix-like wooden torture device in his back garden, it's claimed.

Police said he kept women, aged from their early teens to 28, in a concrete 12ft by 8ft dungeon under his lawn for up to two years at a time.

His alleged crimes mirror a storyline in the Anthony Hopkins movie Silence of the Lambs, in which a character keeps a girl in a dungeon.

Police in Syracuse, New York, are unsure if Jamelske copied the film but think the widower has more victims going back at least 15 years.

They believe he travelled the US looking for victims who he would free hundreds of miles from his prison.

He made the blindfolded women keep ghoulish diaries in a bid to brainwash them.

One victim said: "I had to have sex with him every day. He said that was part of the ritual.

"I bathed once every two weeks, with the garden hose in the tub. I had to go to the bathroom in a bucket."

She saw drawings on the walls she thought had been done by other women.

The victim, who was burned with a cigar if she fought, said she heard screams and wondered whether Jamelske had more girls locked behind other steel doors.

Jamelske has been charged with kidnapping, rape and sexual abuse.

A 16-year-old girl, who spent six months in the dungeon, was rescued by police last week after she managed to make a secret telephone call to her sister.

Jamelske's lawyer, Michael Forsyth, said: "When the dust settles, we'll see there's a lot less to this than meets the eye."
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