If you are a fan of true crime stories, you know that there are no happy endings in many cases.
Indeed, many criminals, including murderers, rapists, serial killers, or any combination of those, were eventually apprehended and sentenced to imprisonment for life or death.
Very rarely, the targets and victims managed to fight back and escape killers. With strong determination, intelligence, and perhaps some good luck, some people survived brutal attacks from infamous violent criminals.
Facing all sorts of challenges in the killers’ face, they beat the odds and came out alive. Emotional scars remain and will not likely fade away so quickly.
Still, their testimonies proved to be a great help for the authorities to get rid of dangerous criminals from the street and, in the process, prevented others from becoming the next victims.
Survivors have moved on from the horrifying life-threatening episodes and grown just enough courage to tell their tales. Here are some of the most memorable escape stories.
10 Whitney Bennett
The “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez broke into Whitney Bennett’s home in the Sierra Madre on July 5, 1985.
For some reason, he bludgeoned Bennett with a tire iron as she slept. Ramirez then tried to strangle the girl using a telephone cord, but he was startled when the line made electrical sparks.
Bennett was severely injured during the attack that it took 478 stitches to close the lacerations on her scalp. She survived and was willing to testify in court to help put Ramirez on death row. He died while awaiting execution.
9 Rose Steward
On March 29, 1984, Rose Steward was woken up by a stranger holding a knife to her neck. The stranger was Dean Carter, who in the next five hours repeatedly assaulted and raped her.
Steward managed to survive by pretending that she liked Carter. After hours of agony, Carter left without killing her.
Immediately afterward, Steward sought help from a neighbor, who then called the police.
After Carter was arrested, police found out that he had raped and murdered five women in 18 days. He is now on death row at San Quentin State Prison.