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Josh Holden imprisoned and tortured wife Lisa Holden for 7 years: Dead Silent investigates

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Josh Holden imprisoned and beat Lisa Holden for 7 years. Pic credit: Van Zandt County Jail

Dead Silent is investigating the case of Lisa Holden, who was imprisoned and savagely beaten and threatened by her own husband, Josh Holden, for seven years at their home in Van Zandt County in east Texas.

In March 2012, a motorist on a rural road in east Texas spotted the severely injured 27-year-old Lisa Holden at the side of the road. She was badly bruised and beaten with wounds all over her body, and her legs were broken.

The authorities later learned that this brave woman had hidden with her two daughters from her vicious attacker for two days. They had hidden in the woods as Lisa attempted to flag down help from passing cars while drifting in and out of consciousness.

The vicious attacker had been her husband, Josh Holden, and he had kept his wife locked in their rural home where she was abused, beaten, and tortured for a horrifying seven years. Josh had even set up surveillance cameras to watch her every move.

One day, on March 20, 2012, Josh began beating Lisa after supposedly become angered that she wasn’t readying their daughter for school quickly enough. He savagely beat her with a baseball bat and some jumper cables.

Josh Holden promised to kill his wife

Josh then left, taking their daughter to school, but not before promising to kill her on his return. He said the attack was “just a taste” of what she was going to get. Lisa then fled into the woods with their two other children.

When Lisa was taken to hospital, the doctors discovered injuries on her that dated back years. Josh was subsequently arrested, but amazingly, he was released after a judge lowered his bail from $750,000 to $100,000.

Lisa and the hospital staff feared that Josh would come looking for her, so they transferred her into a locked room. Despite being fitted with a GPS monitoring bracelet, the sadistic brute did go searching for his wife. Thankfully, he didn’t know which hospital she was in, so he eventually abandoned his hunt.

In January 2013, Josh Holden was sent to prison for 40 years, but he will be eligible for parole after 20.

More from Dead Silent

Follow the links to read about more heinous crimes profiled on Dead Silent.

George Walker strangled his sister-in-law Allison Walker in the home they shared and threw her remains in a nearby river. When he confessed to the cops, he couldn’t really explain why he’d done it.

In another case of false imprisonment, Jasmine Block was just 15 years old when she was kidnapped and held captive by three men who sexually abused, beat, and even tried to kill. Jasmine fought hard for her life, and after 29 days of torture, she managed to escape.

Dead Silent airs at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

Jerry Brown


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