Schoolgirl who was kidnapped in 2013 talks of her 9-month ordeal during which she was brutally sexually assaulted and tortured in shipping container
In an interview that she did with ABC News' 20/20 that is to air on September 7, the teen described how her kidnapper Nathaniel Kibby had tortured her almost five years ago
A teenager from New Hampshire, who had been abducted and held against her will in a sound-proof container for about nine months, has spoken out about her experience in a new interview about how her vile kidnapper used to force her to wear a dog's shock collar.
Abby Hernandez, who is now 19 years old, has revealed the disturbing details of her ordeal for the first time since her kidnapping and return. In an interview that she did with ABC News' 20/20 that is to air on September 7, the teen described how her kidnapper Nathaniel Kibby had tortured her from October 2013 to July 2014.
She said: "He said, 'You know, I’m thinking of finding something a little more humane for you to keep you quiet'. He said, 'I’m thinking of a shock collar. You know, that like dogs wear.'"
She continued in the interview with 20/20: "I remember he put it on me. And he told me, 'OK, try and scream'. I just slowly started to raise my voice. And then, it shocked me. So, he’s like, 'OK, now you know what it feels like'." Hernandez had only been 14-years-old when she was walking back home from her school. Kenneth High School, in October 2013 when Kibby pulled over and asked her if she wanted a ride back home.
In an exclusive interview with @ABC2020, kidnapping survivor Abby Hernandez spoke to @DebRobertsABC about her experience and what her captor forced her to endure: “He told me, ‘Call me Master.’” https://t.co/4RSHAkKdaz pic.twitter.com/n2vn1D9rmg— 20/20 (@ABC2020) September 4, 2018
The teen had blisters on her feet so she said yes and got into his car. For nine months after she was picked up by Kibby in his car, Hernandez said that the zombie-apocalypse-obsessed freakshow held her as his captive on his rural property and used to rape her repeatedly. She also described in the interview that Kibby would torture her psychologically.
According to what the teen said in the interview with ABC, Kibby had told her that if anyone had come and tried to rescue her by breaking down the door of the container, the container would have allegedly caught fire and she would have perished in the flames. She also recalled in the interview that there had been a camera mounted to the wall and that it would blink constantly which meant the man was watching her at all times.
For some strange, but fortunate, reason, Kibby decided to let Hernandez go in July 2014. Hernandez recalled how he had taken her on a dark and desolate road and then on seeing that there were no cars coming from either side, he asked her to 'get out'. “I remember laughing, just being so happy, like, ‘Oh my God. This actually happened. I'm a free person. I never thought it would happen to me, but I'm free.’ And I just walked home,” Hernandez said.
During the time that he had her as his hostage, he never told her his name even once and had asked her to call him "Master". Hernandez got the opportunity to face her kidnapper in court during his trial in July 2014. Kibby was sentenced to a minimum of 45 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault, criminal threatening, kidnapping, and other related charges in May 2016.