Jennifer was assaulted and raped in her own home by Matthew Charles Gibson, a sex offender who had escaped from a nearby jail. When he kidnapped her and demanded she drive him to safety, Jennifer says a peace came over her.

"I started to remember an Oprah Show that I had seen a few months earlier about a lady who got away from her attacker. There was a checklist. And I could see that checklist in my mind of the different things that you need to do to get away from your kidnapper."
The checklist Jennifer remembered was:
Never go to a second location.
  • Make yourself personable.
  • Trick the attacker into being on your side.
  • Make noise.
  • Listen to your instincts.
Using this list, Jennifer was able to save her children, escape from her attacker and get to safety. Her attacker was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
FROM: Held Hostage by the Accused Atlanta Spree Killer: How Ashley Smith Survived
Published on September 15, 2005


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