'My innocence was taken,' wealthy developer's alleged sex abuse victim says
Woman breaks silence 37 years later
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – When the arrest of wealthy developer Louis Bianculli on horrific charges of sex abuse of a child was splashed across the South Florida media, Nancy Olson immediately recognized the face, the name and the crime itself.
"I know they are not just allegations, because it happened to me," Olson said. "He robbed me of my childhood."
She said Bianculli moved onto her street in upscale waterfront Lauderdale Harbours about 37 years ago, when he was about 32 and she was just 10 years old. According to Olson, Bianculli lured her into his home and began a cycle of abuse that didn't end until she ran away from home at the age of 17.
Many of the details of the allegations against Bianculli in his case today involving years of abuse of a girl beginning when she was 12 years old mirrored Olson's own experience nearly four decades ago: the use of chloroform to render the victim unconscious, the use of a stethoscope and a surgeon's mask as if he were a scientist experimenting on his victim.
In secretly recorded audio that are now part of the investigation, Bianculli admitted to being "addicted" to such behavior, even admitting that he played a "game" with the current victim involving fake surgeries to remove fat from her belly and inject it into her breasts. He also admitted to placing a bag over the girl's head to the point of near-suffocation.
"It was sadly as if you were sitting in bed at night watching a porn movie. The only thing was that instead of it being a TV set it was a human being," Bianculli said in the recordings, adding that he had so much experience using chloroform that he "could have been an anesthesiologist."
Since his arrest, several alleged victims from his past have come forward, but Olson is the only one to speak publicly about her ordeal, telling Local 10 News, "My innocence was taken."
She said it began when Bianculli, who has a reported net worth of $30 million, moved onto Southeast 12th Court in the upscale Lauderdale Harbours neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale where her family lived.
"He was driving up and down the street, and he put his window down and said, 'I just bought this house. I'm going to be moving in and we can be friends,'" Olson recalled. "And I was like, 'Great, that would be nice.'"
He said he visited her home and met her parents, who were both disabled, his father blind after losing his eyes to injuries sustained in the Korean War and his mother confined to a wheelchair with multiple sclerosis. She said they viewed him as a friendly neighbor who could help keep an eye on her.
"It was convenient for him that my parents were not mobile to be out and about checking on me," she said.
With their permission, Olson went on a cruise on his boat and then went to his house to watch a movie. But instead of a movie, she said he showed her a stethoscope and donned a surgeon's mask and told her he needed her help to become doctor.
"He asked me to remove my clothes and lie down and he would provide me with a towel, and I would have the towel wrapped around me as tight as I could," she said. "Then he had chloroform that he would pour into a wash cloth and he would put it over my face and I would slowly go unconscious. It was a dizzy spinning flash of spots flashing before your eyes. The smell was so sweet, a crazy glue type of a smell."
She said he would ask her simple questions -- her name and where she was -- until she would finally go completely unconscious.
"I knew the towel was removed," she said. "I knew he was listening to my heart and he was pretending to be a doctor and I know he was touching me down below and examining me," Bianculli said.
She said he also videotaped it but told her that the camera could only see the inside of her body, as if were an X-ray camera, and at just 10 years old, she believed it. She told no one for fear she would get in trouble.
"I couldn't tell anybody," she said. "My mother and father I thought have been mad at me for taking my clothes off."
After the first time, she said she couldn't escape Bianculli, who lived between her house and the bus stop.
"I couldn't walk up and down that street that he wasn't outside waiting for me," she said.
The abuse, said Olson, went on for seven years, with hundreds of what she calls "chloroform sessions." The "master manipulator," as assistant state attorney Danielle Dudai has called Bianculli in open court, was able to keep Olson coming into the home. She said the man who prided himself on his likeness to Tom Selleck's character in the popular 1980s show "Magnum P.I." (who drove the trademark red Ferrari for good measure) convinced her that she enjoyed the buzz of the chloroform and as she grew older he plied her with pot and at times paid her money.
"He offered me bags of marijuana," she said. "Now it was embarrassing to admit to anyone what I've gotten myself into."
She said her childhood became more troubled. She dropped out of high school and repeatedly ran away.
"I'm running away all the time, probably to escape that street," she said.
Her greatest regret that as her things spiraled out of control she led two friends to Bianculli, both undergoing a chloroform session for money. The amount: $20.
"I almost feel like I was a pimp for this pervert," she said.
Olson ran away for the last time at the age of 17, ending the years of abuse. She married a man nearly 30 years old and had her first child at the age of 18. She would later divorce and is now remarried with a family. She said she called the Fort Lauderdale Police Department several years ago and spoke with a detective about the case, who told her that the number of years that had passed and lack of evidence made it an impossible case to try. But when she saw Bianculli was arrested, she contacted the state attorney's office and provided a sworn statement.
While there is no statute of limitations for rape involving a child under the age of 12, prosecutors chose not to charge Bianculli in Olson's case, in part because she couldn't testify to what had happened while she was under the influence of chloroform. Specifically, she had no direct memory of penetration necessary by statute.
"There is no legal recourse for the state," wrote prosecutor Dudai in her close-out memo. "Since (Olson) cannot testify that she suffered any penetration at the hands of Mr. Bianculli, the act of fondling her vagina is classified as lewd/lascivious molestation."
That charge is a second-degree felony for which the statute of limitations has run out. While disappointed, Olson said she her goal is to assist the prosecution in any way possible, saying she gave sworn testimony "to make sure he can't victimize another child."
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