Produced by Josh Gelman, Jonathan Leach and Chuck Stevenson
What if someone wanted you dead … but you lived to tell?
Sophia Putney-Wilcox was a 14-year-old high-school freshman when she met Adam Shigwadja, a 16-year-old sophomore. Their relationship started as a typical teenage romance, but quickly evolved into something darker. Shigwadja, she says, often threatened to hurt himself or her family as a way to control her and at one point was arrested for attacking her with a knife. Putney-Wilcox eventually broke up with Shigwadja, but days later he burst into her bedroom, held her at knifepoint and then he set her room on fire.
In a gripping first-person account, Putney-Wilcox relives their relationship, the night she thought she would die, the heroic efforts of her brother to save her, and her life today.
Sophia Putney-Wilcox | Survivor: I don't remember much of that time. I just remember thinking, "Am I gonna make it through this?"
Sophia Putney-Wilcox : My mom drove me from my house to the hospital.
KRISTIN PUTNEY TO 911: The police are at our house and I'm taking my daughter to the emergency room 'cause she's bleeding from her head
Sophia Putney-Wilcox: I kept saying to my mom, "I'm going to die, I'm going to die, I'm going to die," and she was like, "Sophie, it's OK."
Kristin Putney | Sophia's mother: I just tried to be as calm as I could and try to just reassure her. She was safe now, Adam wasn't there.