Kidnap Victim: 'It Was Worse Than Death'

Shawn Hornbeck speaks publicly for first time about 4-year ordeal

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 25, 2008 8:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – A young kidnap victim sexually abused for 4 years said he feared every day for his life—and often thought death would have been easier, reports People. Shawn Hornbeck, now 17, speaks publicly for the first time about his ordeal in a CBS interview. What he endured would make "psychiatrists insane," he said. He was snatched off a Missouri street in 2002 by a kidnapper who is now serving 74 life sentences.

"There wasn't a day when I didn't think he was just gonna kill me," recalled Hornbeck, whose captivity involved "gory details that a lot of people can't handle." The teen was found last year by police searching for a second boy kidnapped by the same man.The Hornbeck interview will air Saturday on 48 Hours Mystery.


Shawn Hornbeck smiles after receiving a new backboard and hoop at a birthday celebration at a charity golf tournament to benefit the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation in Madison, Ill.
Shawn Hornbeck smiles after receiving a new backboard and hoop at a birthday celebration at a charity golf tournament to benefit the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation in Madison, Ill.   (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, file)
Kidnapper Michael Devlin, 41, has been sentenced to multiple life terms.
Kidnapper Michael Devlin, 41, has been sentenced to multiple life terms.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Shawn Hornbeck, 15, watches as his parents talk to the media last year.
Shawn Hornbeck, 15, watches as his parents talk to the media last year.   (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Shawn Hornbeck's parents, Pam and Craig Akers, walk out of the Washington County courthouse following kidnapper Michael Devlin's guilty plea last year.
Shawn Hornbeck's parents, Pam and Craig Akers, walk out of the Washington County courthouse following kidnapper Michael Devlin's guilty plea last year.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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