By M. William Phelps, Melissa Schickel

Battling for her lifestyles . . .
A few days prior to her twenty sixth birthday, Melissa Schickel back to her Indianapolis domestic and went to mattress. An hour later, she used to be yanked from her goals into terror. an interloper held her down, brutally beating and stabbing her.

Melissa fought fiercely. The assailant fled, leaving her to stand a protracted street to restoration from deep-seated worry and post-traumatic pressure. She tells her particular precise tale as a part of a compelling narrative by way of bestselling crime professional M. William Phelps. Her energy and braveness will encourage all girls with related reviews to consider themselves proudly as survivors—not sufferers.

“Phelps essentially exhibits how the ugliest crimes can occur within the quietest of suburbs.” —Library magazine on by no means See Them Again

“Phelps is a true-crime veteran.”—New York Post

“Anything by means of Phelps is usually an eye-opening experience.” —Suspense Magazine

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Godan questioned. “I’m assuming in the course of the patio window off of my balcony, ’cause that used to be the one factor that was once open. I, regrettably, left that open, cracked open ... ’cause front door used to be nonetheless bolted, bolted and chained, while I allow the cops in. ” contemplating what she have been via, Melissa’s reminiscence used to be notable. She used to be spot-on with on the subject of each element she provided police thus far. the opposite very important merchandise that got here up as they talked via her terrifying ordeal used to be how Melissa’s attacker may have snuck into the residence ahead of Melissa obtained home—that’s why she didn’t listen him come into her bed room. might be he was once already within, watching for her to go to sleep. With appreciate to that conception, Godan requested if Melissa heard something inside of her condominium that evening while she again domestic. have been there any irregular noises? Did she have a sense that somebody had both been in her residence or anything used to be various? Melissa considered it, yet she couldn’t bear in mind something for the cop. She couldn’t even have in mind the instant he climbed at the mattress or jumped on her. “So might be he used to be status subsequent to me while he all started hitting me? ” Melissa acknowledged. They spoke of race. “No,” Melissa acknowledged. “I relatively truthfully don't [know]” if he used to be black or white. yet then a inspiration got here to her: “. . . i believe he used to be attempting to make his voice sound extra black, yet i actually don’t understand. ” She used to be definite he was once at the “younger” aspect. He by no means received undressed, nor did he take his pants down, Melissa acknowledged. She had scared him away earlier than he may rape her. “You don’t have any suggestion who this man will be? ” “No, i actually don’t. ” bankruptcy thirteen BLOOD recreation As Melissa recovered from the 1st of what was once to be a number of extra operations, the research moved over to her residence. there has been lots of proof to sift via. And with that proof got here a couple of solutions that advised investigators just a little extra in regards to the man they have been trying to find. one of many first clues that emerged turned a great threat that Melissa’s attacker scaled a application pole conduit operating up along her balcony. packing containers have been cumbersome sufficient, protruding of the surface house complicated sidewall a ways adequate, and in addition low adequate to the floor, the place Melissa’s attacker can have jumped up on considered one of them, grabbed carry of the conduit, and simply pulled himself up and onto Melissa’s balcony. actually, alongside the pole used to be a bloody smudge, which gave the indication that he had in all likelihood exited this similar means. A blood smear at the software pole conduit open air Melissa’s balcony exhibits her attacker may need used an identical pole to go into her apartment—he definitely used it to go out. the 3 following photos show the placement of the application pole relating to Melissa’s condo balcony. (Photos courtesy of Marion County Prosecutor’s place of work) inside of Melissa’s residence investigators discovered a kitchen drawer open—and discovered her attacker had most probably used a knife he took from Melissa’s condo to stab her.

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