Girl In The Box Case: Perpetrator Denied Parole

Girl In The Box Case: Perpetrator Denied Parole
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On Thursday, a former Tehama County man sentenced to 104 years of imprisonment was denied parole.


Cameron Hooker, who the judge had once called “the most dangerous psychopath ever encountered,” will not be able to see himself out of jail for another 15 years, according to a California spokesman.

In 1985, Hooker kidnapped Colleen Stan, a hitchhiker, and kept her for seven years, inflicting her with a reign of unimaginable terror. She was raped, beaten, choked to a point of unconsciousness, and tortured by being forced onto stretchers that permanently damaged her back and shoulder.

Hooker’s parole came as a result of California’s new Elderly Parole Program, aimed at lowering the prison population of the state. Hooker, who was 60 and had served 25 years – seven years sooner than what the old rules dictated as per Luis Patino, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – was eligible for a parole hearing.

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However, his parole was denied by the parole board at Corcoran State Prison.

Patino said, “Fifteen years, I believe, is the longest period we give anyone.

“That signifies that the board thought this inmate was far from suitable and has much to work on” before he should be released.

Stan was kept in the enclosure underneath Hooker’s bed for 23 hours a day. This attributed to her being called the “Girl in the Box.” Her horrific experience during captivity was also chronicled in the book, “Perfect Victim.”

Stan told KXTV, “The hearing went really well and I’m really pleased with the results.”

“He didn’t show any remorse. Basically he’s wasted his life, 30 years in prison and hasn’t done anything to try to improve himself or change himself or figure out why he did this.”

Stan was kidnapped in May 1977 when she was hitchhiking along Interstate 5 near Redding, California. She accepted a ride from a couple.

“The husband looked dirty, like he just got off work,” Stan said. “His young wife was holding their baby. They told me, ‘Yeah, we’ll give you a ride.’ I felt this was a good ride, a safe ride, after evaluating the situation.”

She was straightaway taken to a home about 30 miles away, where her clothes were taken off. She was suspended by her wrists, initiating a nightmare that lasted for the next seven years.

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  • Jodi Foster

    Lets not forget that Cameron Hooker and his wife Janice are connected to the 1976 unsolved murder of Marie Elizabeth Spannhake. Neither of the Hookers have been convicted of this murder yet. Please read about it here.