The last time Melissa saw her father was just before her 16th birthday. "We went to a restaurant, and we were having a normal father-daughter conversation. ... Then the conversation turned to, 'Melissa, I have something to tell you, but you'll tell the police,'" she says. "I didn't know what it was. I thought maybe stealing. I thought misdemeanors. I wasn't thinking murder. I went to the bathroom and tried to calm myself down. I went back to the booth, I sat down, and we resumed normal conversation."
Melissa's father never told her what he was going to say, which Dr. Phil says is a good thing. "Had he completed the conversation, you would have never made it home alive," he says. "He would have had to kill you to protect himself."
Published on September 17, 2009