How a 17-year-old Convinced a Serial Killer to Spare her Life

The amazing story of Lisa McVey’s fight for survival against one of America’s most predatory criminals.

Jessie London



Lisa McVey had always been a survivor. Growing up a victim of abuse, daughter of a mother with drug and alcohol problems, Lisa was sexually assaulted on a regular basis between 14 and 17 years old. Forced deep into depression, even contemplating suicide, Lisa had no way of knowing that her experience with abusive men would one day save her life.

Lisa’s Abduction

With an alcoholic mother who lost their home due to addiction, Lisa had to fend for herself from a young age.

When she was 14 years old, Lisa moved in with her grandmother and her grandmother’s partner. As Lisa’s mom was living on the street, Lisa had nowhere else to turn.

When the abuse began, at the hands of her grandmother's partner, Lisa’s fighting spirit was all that kept her going. Regularly raped in her own bed, Lisa’s despair grew and grew.

At 17 years old, Lisa began working a job at a local doughnut shop, hoping that she could earn money enough to leave her Grandmother’s home.

In the winter of 1984, Lisa reached an all-time low. Unable to escape her abuser, she felt that life was no longer worth living. By the night of November 3rd, 1984, she had concluded that suicide was her only option. Lisa decided that when she got home that night, she was going to end her pain and her life forever. Lisa had already written a suicide note.

That night, a chance encounter with a serial killer would change Lisa’s life and give her back the fighting spirit that she needed to survive, and ultimately, to live.

As Lisa rode her bicycle home from her shift, a car drove into her.

Surprisingly, the man leaping from the vehicle was not coming to Lisa’s aid. Quickly he came to Lisa, pointed a gun at her head, and pulled her into his car. Once inside the vehicle the man produced a knife and blindfolded Lisa before speeding off with them both inside.

A little while later, the pair arrived at the man’s apartment. Once inside, Lisa was raped…



Jessie London

MA Creative Writing (UEA) | PGCE English (Durham) | BA Hons Literature (UNN). Tech Entrepreneur for 15 years. Now a full-time Author & Writer of fiction & fact.