ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Police say Adam Michael Capriglione is a controlling person, and that’s part of the reason he got away with his violent sexual crimes for so long.
The 29-year-old of South St. Louis County is accused of holding a string of women against their will to rape and torture them.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch says there was a pattern with every victim. He says that their torture included a can opener, heated scissors and repeated rapes.
“They’d establish a relationship, which then turned remarkably violent,” McCulloch says. “And, of course, with the charges of felonious restraint, the allegation is that he held them captive and inflicted various forms of torture upon them.”
He says that the victims didn’t get away sooner because Capriglione had a psychological hold on them, and they believed that there would be dire consequences.
“Nobody wakes up one morning and does this, which is why we are convinced that there are more victims out there,” McCulloch says. “You know, this is something that develops over time.”
Right now, police have identified five victims. They believe more will come forward because Capriglione is behind bars on a half-million dollars bond and 19 felony charges.
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