Kidnap Victim Tells His Survivor’s Story

“There wasn’t a day when I didn’t think he was just gonna kill me,” Shawn Hornbeck says of his four-and-a-half year ordeal as a kidnapping victim.

48_Hours_MysteryHis story airs on a special 48 HOURS MYSTERY, tonight on LIVE 5 WCSC.

It began in October, 2002, when Hornbeck, 11, disappeared while out riding his new bike. Hornbeck says he suffered horrific abuses at the hands of his abductor until he was rescued by FBI agents in January 2007. In an exclusive interview with 48 HOURS MYSTERY correspondent Tory Roberts, Hornbeck speaks about what happened during the time he was missing.

“Nobody knows the real story except for me,” Hornbeck tells Roberts in the revealing interview. “[Sometimes] it seemed I was better off dead than living through that.”

Hornbeck describes what he endured during the years that he was missing – from the instant his abductor knocked him off his bike near his home to the moment he was rescued. His abductor told him at one point, “You were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

For years, Hornbeck lived every day fearing for his life, deciding to take on a life that was dictated to him, afraid to reveal his true identity to anyone, despite numerous opportunities to ask for help. Hornbeck even expresses the trepidation he felt when he first saw the FBI enter the front door. “I knew when they came in the door, it was either going to be something very good or very bad,” he says.

Troy Roberts reports on 48 HOURS MYSTERY: “Kidnapped: Shawn Hornbeck’s Incredible Story,” tonight at 10:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.


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