Tuesday, December 20, 2005


‘A chamber of horrors’

`West First Avenue in West Deptford had been a relatively quiet dead-end street until about two years ago.

Then one day a flatbed truck with a steel shipping container rolled up the block, stopped at a blue rancher, and deposited the box in the backyard.

Neighbors thought Jerome L. Wigmore Jr., a drywall contractor who lived there with his wife, Betty, and mother-in-law, Alice Boozer, was using the container to store his work equipment.

“I thought, ‘Hey, that’s a pretty good idea for a tool shed,’ ” Kenneth Koen said last week. “I didn’t know it was going to end up being a chamber of horrors.”

According to police, Wigmore held at least two women captive in the padlocked container, which he had turned into living quarters complete with air-conditioning units.’

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