The teenager captivated in a storage container in New Hampshire by a violent predator who kidnapped her on her way home to school has spoken about the horror she endured four years after escaping from her lair.
Abigail Hernandez, now 19, was kidnapped by Nathaniel Kibby, 39, as she was walking home from school in Conway, New Hampshire, in October 2013.
The kidnapper obsessed with the zombie apocalypse had taken her home and she accepted because her feet were blistered by the boots she was wearing.
For nine months, he kept his captive in a shipping container hidden in his rural property. Kibby forced her to wear a shock collar that hit her if she screamed and he repeatedly raped her.
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Abigail Hernandez, now 19, spoke in an interview that will be aired on Friday about being held captive and repeatedly raped over the course of nine months between October 2013 and July 2014.
In an interview with ABC & # 39; S 20/20 that will air Friday, Hernández, whose identity had been protected in the past because she is a victim of sexual crimes, spoke about the time she spent in captivity.
Nathaniel Kibby, 39, is serving between 45 and 90 years in prison for kidnapping the teenager
She revealed that Kibby, who will now spend the rest of his life in prison, did not tell him his name and instead instructed him that he would be "master".
The young woman also explained how she started using the dog collar on her.
"He said:" You know, I'm thinking of finding something a little more human to keep you silent. "
"He said:" I'm thinking of a shock neck. You know, how the dogs get on. "
& # 39; I remember that I put it on. And he told me: "Okay, try to scream".
& # 39; Slowly I started to raise my voice. And then, I was surprised. Then, he said, "It's okay, now you know how it feels," he said.
In July 2014, Kibby suddenly decided to let the teenager go.
It took him a week before he revealed to his family and the law enforcement agencies who he was because he was so afraid of him.
In July 2014, Hernández bravely confronted his abductor in court and thanked him for letting her go (they appear in the photo during the judicial hearing mentioned above).
Kibby kept the girl as a hostage in a storage container on her property in rural New Hampshire (photo) for nine months without suspicion
She knew his name because she had seen it written in a cookbook inside the house.
Kibby was arrested at his home 30 miles north of where he took Abigail.
Abigail disappeared in October 2013 days before her 15th birthday. It unleashed a great persecution that lasted nine months
In the nine months he spent in captivity, he was only allowed to write a letter to his family under his instruction.
After her arrest, she bravely confronted him in court and thanked him for letting her go.
& # 39; I want you to know that I appreciate my freedom for you and I enjoy my life for you. I just want to thank you for giving me back my freedom, "he said.
Kibby was sentenced to a minimum of 45 years behind bars and was charged with a litany of crimes including kidnapping and rape.
He said he decided to let Abigail go because he had "terrified her enough."
Neighbors testified in their sentencing hearings that he was a loner obsessed with weapons that he was convinced there would be a zombie apocalypse.
They said they almost expected him to unravel and do something violent, but kidnapping a child was one of the last things they predicted he would do.