A teenager with a fake bomb who was tied to her neck for 10 hours in a failed ransom bid now works as an interior designer.
Madeleine Pulver was only 17 when a bivouac-clad invader invaded her parents' $ 15 million Mosman house in August 2011 while studying for the HSC.
He put the fake collar bomb around her neck with a letter demanding money from her parents, Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver and his wife Belinda.
Madeleine Pulver (right) is now an interior designer in the chic Double Bay of Sydney, eight years after she had tied a fake bomb in her neck for 10 hours in a failed ransom bid
Madeleine Pulver was held hostage in her parents' $ 15 million Mosman house in August 2011 (pictured in the waterfront home later that year)
Police bomb squadron eventually thought it was fake and Maddie was released. Dissatisfied investment banker Paul Douglas Peters was later imprisoned for 13 years.
Eight years later, Mrs. Pulver, 26, lives her dream as an interior designer for Studio Aria in the chic Double Bay of Sydney, opposite the harbor of the house.
& # 39; I am doing very well, I work as an interior designer and I love it & # 39 ;, she said to Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.
& # 39; I had a career shift last year and I am now doing what I am really passionate about. & # 39;
Ms. Pulver admitted that the harrowing ordeal sometimes still haunted her thoughts, but & # 39; is not trying to think about it & # 39; and doesn't even tell much of those close to her.
& # 39; (which has happened to me) has done no harm to my career, or at least I hope not, & # 39; she said.
Mrs. Pulver (photo on the right in 2014) graduated from Wenona School a few months after the incident and went to school buildings on the Gold Coast with her friends
Mrs. Pulver depicted in 2017 (left) and at the time of her dramatic trial in 2011 (right). She said the incident sometimes still haunts her thoughts
Ms. Pulver graduated from Wenona School a few months after the incident and went to school buildings on the Gold Coast with her friends.
She took some free time to travel and work part-time before studying communication at UTS, including a semester in 2015 in Denmark.
After two years as an account executive, she made a career change with a degree in interior design from the Billy Blue College of Design.
While there, she was nominated for the 2019 Graduate of the Year Awards of the Design Institute of Australia.
During her studies, she gained practical experience at the Curious Grace furniture chain and has her current job in July.
Mrs. Pulver rarely speaks of her experience and when she received a Group Bravery Citation in 2017, she focused on the police officers who helped her.
Constable Karen Lowden, who stood by her side in the first three hours of the ordeal, received a Star of Courage.
Her family was back in the news that same year when her father Bill & $ 39,000 BMW convertible was stolen from a car wash and used in a stabbing rampage.
Mrs. Pulver with her brothers Herman, Archie and Harry on a family outing in 2014
Mrs Pulver (photo in 2014) rarely speaks of her experience and when she received a Group Bravery Citation in 2017, she focused on the police officers who helped her
NSW Police released details of the traumatic ordeal on Wednesday, including how Maddie was forced to call her parents to tell them she was being held hostage.
& # 39; Madeleine Pulver, 17, contacted her parents on the cell phone and asked them to contact the police and urgently send them to their home address & # 39 ;, a message from a former officer.
& # 39; The Harborside LAC police responded and located the victim in her bedroom with what she described as a bomb around her neck. & # 39;
The officers of the Harborside Local Area Command described the teenager as & # 39; distraught & # 39 ;. She was convinced that she would die.
Maddie could tell officers that a man wearing a balaclava and wearing a baseball bat entered her house and said she would not be in pain as long as her parents followed the instructions.
Dissatisfied investment banker Paul Douglas Peters (photo) was arrested two weeks later while hiding in America and sentenced to 13 years in prison for the crime
A newly released X-ray of the bomb showed how complicated the device was. The police were initially unsure of its authenticity
& # 39; Then he closed a device around her neck so that it could not be removed. He also put a USB stick on a cord around her neck.
& # 39; A plastic sleeve was attached to the cord, which contained a two-page & # 39; s document describing extortion requirements and instructions, & # 39; read the police documents.
& # 39; Act now, think later or you will inadvertently cause a tragically avoidable explosion known to the US armed forces as a Brian Douglas Wells event, & # 39; Peters wrote.
The event & # 39; Brian Douglas Wells & # 39; to which he referred, took place in the US in 2003, when a man was killed after he had detonated a collar bomb.
NSW Police has released a photo of the touchpad device (photo) attached to Maddie
The hoax bomb (photo) was attached to the teen's neck for more than 10 hours while the police tried to determine if it was fake
An X-ray never seen before while the bomb was still attached to Maddie's neck, shows the complex situation that officers were confronted with.
The device contained a coded touch pad and advanced technology that initially stunned the team, working in a high pressure situation, for fear the intruder would look far.
Peters was eventually arrested two weeks later at his ex-wife's home in Louisville, Kentucky.
He told a psychiatrist during legal proceedings that he had no memory of the crime, but suggested that he had copied the charactera of a character in a book he was writing.
The court heard that Peters was starting to turn himself into his main character John Chan, and he was looking for & # 39; double revenge for Chan and for me & # 39; but a defense told the judge that he & # 39; was not willing to accept & # 39 ;.
Maddie could tell officers that a man wearing a balaclava and wearing a baseball bat entered her house and said she would not be in pain as long as her parents followed the instructions
Peters was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison – with a minimum of 10 years to be served.
During the sentence, Judge Peter Zahra said: & # 39; The perpetrator placed the victim in fear that she would die to extort money from her family.
& # 39; The victim was vulnerable, entitled to the sanctuary of her own home … the terror she experienced can only be described as unthinkable. & # 39;
Madeleine said after the conviction out of court that she was satisfied with the result and hoped that she and her family could now look to a future & # 39; where the name of Paul Peters is not connected to mine & # 39 ;.
Her father said: & # 39; She is a very, very special young lady who has treated herself with incredible balance and dignity during this trial. & # 39;
Madeleine Pulver studied for the HSC in August 2011 in the bedroom of her $ AU15million Mosman house when a balaclava invader broke in
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