Singer, Kathryn Keats, Comes Bounding Back to Life After Torture, Captivity, a Trial, and the Fear of Hara-Kiri Holds Her Hostage for Twenty Years,

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Readers Digest "Possessed by Love, written by Ellen Sherman, brings singer/songwriter, Kathryn Keats, back to life, proving that nothing is insurmountable. Celebrate Kathryn's reclamation of life and music after surviving what very few live to tell.

Twenty-four months after recording artist/songwriter Kathryn Keats was able to freely and safely reclaim her identity and her work in music, Readers Digest in a March article entitled, "Possessed by Love", written by Ellen Sherman, has broken the story that no one ever knew; not even Keats' own children. Her closest friends, shocked by the harrowing story, are determined to support the singer as she now attempts to marry her two worlds: the woman of today, Kathryn Keats, with the girl of long ago, Ellen Christian Munger.

Kathryn Keats is piecing her life together after her near-murder twenty years ago. Until now, she had kept the door of her past closed from her loved ones. The world she had lived in with her lover and music collaborator turned gruesome when their lives fell under the spell of Schizophrenia, splintering her partners' personality seven times. He often threatened fantasies of seeing Kathryn "dismembered and hanging from the trees after the Zen God's instructed him to commit Hara-Kiri."

Keats suffered through fifty-four days of captivity, culminating in an arduous jury trial that changed legal history. For years, she worked with Victim Witness to assure her sanity and security, all the while fighting demons of Traumatic Stress Syndrome and Stockholm Syndrome.

As Keats reinvented herself, Ellen Christian Munger ceased to exist. At night, though, Kathryn and the memory of Ellen would join together in secret fear, struggling with the horrors of the ritualistic abuse from her past and the struggle to surrender her life as a singer/songwriter. She knew she could never sing again. But still, she told no one. The secret was hers alone.

When she heard of her collaborator's death, after much consideration, Keats decided it was time to come out with the truth. After reading the remarkable writings of Ellen Sherman, Keats knew it was Sherman who would be the first to tell her story. At last, Kathryn Keats was no longer alone. She reunited with Judge Leo Dorado for the first time since the trial. Judge Dorado saved her life, recording the events of her plight, attempting the impossible, and for the first time in history, defended his tortured victim with no evidence from witnesses. To him, Kathryn Keats will always be Ellen Munger. And to her, that's just fine. See the San Francisco Chronicle (May) for more on Judge Dorado and Kathryn Keats. (

In the summer of 2006, Ellen Sherman flew to San Francisco to interview Keats for Readers Digest. Kathryn sang her original music for Sherman, hoping in her heart that there might be more performances in her future.

It was her father, who died at summer's end, who encouraged his daughter to complete the journey of loss and to begin to celebrate the road to reclamation. He, too, had written for Readers Digest as a young journalist. Before he died, Kathryn told him that her story would be coming out in the magazine. Her father, understanding that his daughter had to speak up and sing and be of service to others, in order to heal from her brutal past, suggested that she record a CD. It took a while, but in January 2007, Kathryn Keats finished the CD, appropriately named "After the Silence." One of the songs "Hold Me" she wrote on the day her father passed into the heavens.

Kathryn Keats is proud to stand up in order to be of service to others. She feels more vulnerable than she could have imagined and very forgiving. Now she is determined to live. And she will have her voice and music. "After the Silence", not yet officially released, is available at the Readers Digest Store,(RDStore.Com) and itunes and you can visit Readers Digest (RD.Com) web site to read Ellen Sherman's story about Kathryn Keats twenty year fast from music and her will to reclaim a full and open life.

Look for Paul Thompson's interview about Kathryn's dramatic life story in Woman Magazine/London UK.

In December 200, Kathryn Keats begins her new single, written with George Hearst (Gehea Music). Hearst was the last person Keats recorded with before she went into hiding. That last song, Ace of Hearts, can be heard on "After the Silence".


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