Death Connected to Basement Case Was Meningitis

Va. authorities say investigation into death of woman under the care of Linda Weston shows she died of meningitis

Friday, Nov 4, 2011  |  Updated 7:47 AM EDT
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Another Victim of So-Called Basement Horror Mastermind?

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Basement Horror: Weston's Attorney Speaks About Client's State of Mind

Ringleader of the basement horror case Linda Weston is said to be in good spirits according to her lawyer George Yacobuian who appeared in court today.

Another Victim of So-Called Basement Horror Mastermind?

Linda Weston, the alleged mastermind behind the house of horrors, could also be connected to the death of a West Philadelphia woman in Virgina in 2008. Authorities are investigating the claim.
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Authorities in Virginia have wrapped up their investigation into the death of a woman who had been in the care of a benefits fraud suspect charged with locking four mentally disabled adults in a filthy Philadelphia basement.

Norfolk police tell the Philadelphia Daily News a review of Maxine Lee's 2008 death showed she died of bacterial meningitis. That's the same conclusion as the initial investigation.

Officials reopened Lee's case after her former caretaker was arrested last month when an apartment building landlord discovered the basement victims.

Philadelphia police suspect Linda Ann Weston ran a massive fraud operation targeting disability benefits. She and four others are in custody awaiting preliminary hearings.

Norfolk police spokesman Chris Amos tells the Daily News no charges are planned in Lee's death.

Lee was originally from Philadelphia.
 

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