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I -- this terrifying story in the middle of a hot summer night the parents of then fifteen year old shape McDonna.
Came face to face with their worst nightmare a serial killer was moments away from killing their precious daughter.
The mom -- McDonough shares the family's incredible true crime story in the new book caught in the act.
And she joins us along with her husband Kevin and their daughter she may welcome to all of you.
He didn't morning gee let me start -- take us back that terrifying night July 30 2007.
It's the middle of the night and what do you hear.
I'm BI is about quarter of 4 in the morning and -- we heard small whimper come from the bedroom next to ours where -- -- -- And I had just gotten up a few minutes before hand to use the bathroom and get some water -- it was a very hot night it was like 9597.
We heard a little women are and just I -- I'll go check on Shea and Kevin said no no I'll go check and and I said no I'll dial.
We both looked each other and laughed and said well we'll go together.
Kevin went first which was critical because if he hadn't -- first -- shore things wouldn't have turned out the way they -- So he went first -- -- him he opened the bedroom door.
And -- Figures all dressed in black with a black mask on standing over our daughter -- He had his hands on her mouth and nose and was pressing her face down into the pillow and was suffocating -- essentially.
Oh yeah and sorry to interrupt I wanna get -- is take on the -- what was happening before your parents -- Honestly I don't really remember what was going through my my.
I just remember waking up and -- as big dark figure of over me and I I heard his southern accent and said.
If you make any acting annoyance I'm going to acting Kelly.
And so immediately I just.
I don't I just threw my back against the -- and I tried to make as much as possible even though there really wasn't much coming out and I just kept telling myself everything's going to be okay and that my parents are going to be right then and everything's going to be a packed into.
That's everything turned out OK because your parents did -- and Kevin what gave you the presence of mind to be able to tackle this guy who you later found out.
Was a serial killer and hold him until the police got there.
Just instinct you protect your family but.
He when he turned out me and -- himself he scared -- with a -- an obvious yes -- a nice but I just.
I understand -- can control a nice I think and I think that's shock temple event that I came at him for ourselves.
When he didn't answer me when I asked and we -- I knew our.
In my -- there was trouble here so we I got -- -- jail and abandoned.
And a German parliament of wrestling match of -- we locked down kind of on the ground joked along.
You know gosh well.
Kevin -- and -- -- again the book -- caught -- apps thanks so much for coming in and sharing your incredible story with us there are lessons in there for other parents we appreciate it.
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