Who was Stephanie Slater and what happened to her? | The Sun

ESTATE agent Stephanie Slater was attending a property viewing like any other day in her job.

Unbeknown to her, the man posing as a potential buyer was to turn out to be one of Britain's most notorious kidnappers.

Who was Stephanie Slater?

Born in 1966, Stephanie Slater was an estate agent from Great Barr in the West Midlands.

She was a popular, outgoing person who was the life and soul of any social situation.

However, in January 1992, a seemingly normal work day changed into something terrifying and was to shape the next 20 years of her life.

What happened to Stephanie Slater?

On January 22, 1992, a 25-year-old Stephanie attended a viewing with a potential buyer at a property in Birmingham.


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However, the man posing as a buyer, Michael Sams, abducted her at knife-point.

He then transported her to his workshop in Newark-upon-Trent, Nottinghamshire.

She was to endure an ordeal that was to scar the next two decades of her life.

Stephanie was handcuffed, gagged and blindfolded while being kept in a coffin-style box by Sams.

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The box was then locked in a wheelie-bin.

Her kidnapper only occasionally letting her out to give her food to keep her alive

When she was allowed out of her box-like prison she realised that she needed to do something to try and stay out of there.

Starting conversations with the depraved Sams, she tried to build a rapport with him, so that he did not view her as a disposable object he could just kill and discard.

After evading police to collect the £175,000 ransom he had demanded from her employers, her captor dropped her home, leaving her two streets from her house.

She had been missing for eight days.

Stephanie could barely walk or see due to the restraints that had been used to imprison her.

Her evidence helped police capture Sams and convict him of the kidnapping, as well as the murder of a Leeds teenager.

It was only in a later meeting with police that Sams admitted the murder of the teenager was a "practice run" for the kidnap of the estate agent and that he had no intention of collecting the ransom.

His sole aim was to murder her.

When did Stephanie Slater die?

Stephanie died in 2017 after a battle with cancer,

She was taken ill near her home on the Isle of Wight.

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In the years before her death, she wrote a book called Beyond Fear which was later dramatised into a film for TV.

Her bravery and openness about her ordeal raised awareness for others and gave victims of similar ordeals the strength to continue with their lives.

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