The Girl in the Tree House by Jennifer Asbenson

On today’s show Jennifer Asbenson spoke to Dr. Oz about her harrowing experience at the hands of Andrew Urdiales. At the age of 19, Asbenson took a ride from a stranger one night and nearly lost her life. On September 27, 1992 Urdiales, a former U.S. Marine, had given Asbenson a lift when she was stuck at the bus stop having realized she missed the last bus. In the hours that followed, she was physically abused, tied up, and tossed into the truck of his car. Miraculously, she was able to escape the vehicle and survive. Urdiales, who killed eight other women between 1986 and 1996, described Asbenson as “the one who got away” when he was finally caught years after the incident. Here is an excerpt of her upcoming memoir, which talks about her life before and after this traumatic event and how this has shaped the course of her life. In this chapter, she discusses life as a second grader in the middle of nowhere:

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