As a child, Victoria Spry was brutally beaten, neglected and starved by the woman she called Mummy.
To the outside world, Eunice Spry appeared to be a devoted parent, but behind closed doors she was cruel, controlling and sadistic.
Instead of protecting, loving and caring for Victoria, she forced bleach and urine down her throat, knocked out her teeth, tied her up naked and made her live in squalor.
It took eighteen years of heartache and despair before she found the courage to expose her mum.
Eunice Spry was a Jehovah’s Witness.
Victoria now 28 has written an honest and compelling account of her survival.
Her publisher Ebury released the book “Tortured” today, April 9, 2015.
It is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.
Eunice Spry began fostering children in 1984. By 1987, she had added three small children – Alloma, Victoria and Christopher to the filthy family home. She already had two daughters.
At age 40 she was responsible for the wellbeing of five children.
Spry played mind games with the three children given her to care for by social services. She would single out one for affection, playing one off against another and then turning on them all.
She told them they were ‘the devil’s offspring’, punishing them for coming from ‘scum’, and telling them they were abandoned by their biological parents for being ‘evil’.
She controlled who they could speak to at school, warning them not to speak to “worldly children.” When teachers started to ask questions about visible signs of abuse, Eunice removed them from school and took them to live on what Victoria calls the “torture farm.”
With no electricity, heating or running water – at least, not for the foster children. Forced to sleep in the barn, sharing the space with rats, they had to eat chicken feed to survive the enforced starvation.
When Victoria was 18, she somehow gained the courage to tell the police about the many horrors of their existence. Covered in bruises and injuries – Spry had sandpapered her face and chest – it was obvious to all what was going on.
Eunice Spry was convicted of 26 charges including assault and Actual Bodily Harm and was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2007. She only served seven years and was released in 2014.
The children she tortured received a life sentence of memories and pain.
Victoria’s health has suffered and this year she was hospitalised. There were days when she was so ill she could hardly lift her head, yet she courageously continued to edit her book and stay in contact with her friends.
Victoria is one very brave young woman who taught herself to read and write; something denied her as a child. She has put herself through college, and her life is beginning to flourish. She has a loving partner and takes great pleasure in her two dogs.
“Tortured” is Victoria’s gripping story of survival. It can be purchased on Amazon – Link
BBC Interview with Victoria:
Daily Mail – Don’t let the adoptive mum who tortured me live nearby: Plea as woman who abused her for 20 years is due to be freed from prison Link
AAWA – Crime Map – Link
JWR Victoria Spry her courage shines Link