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Tanya Kach Writes Book On 10-Year Captivity

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A woman held hostage for 10 years in McKeesport is telling her story.

Tanya Kach has written a book about the ordeal and it’s due for release next week.

When was a 14-year-old a student at Cornell Middle School in Mckeesport, she went missing.

She remained largely out of sight for the next 10 years, locked in the basement bedroom of Thomas Hose, the security guard at her school.

“I was controlled,” Kach said in 2006. “I lived in a room. I went to the bathroom in a bucket. I kept bottles of water up there to drink.”

She told part of her story back then, but now Kach is telling it all in a book written with the attorney who has been at her side the entire time, Lawrence Fisher, entitled, “The Tanya Nicole Kach Story: Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid.”

In the book, Kach describes her living conditions.

“Most of the time I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches along with a banana and a can of Faygo soda pop. Sometimes Tom Hose smuggled me leftovers from his dinner. About twice a week in the dead of night he led me down into a cellar with cold, concrete floors to take a shower. I was fine at first. I thought I was in love and felt my sacrifices were a labor of my love for Tom Hose. Soon, however, the ordeal began to take its toll.”

The book describes Kach spending Christmas Eve for years locked in a closet and using a bucket for a bathroom. She goes on to describe her break to freedom and Thomas Hose’s arrest.

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