WHAT IF SOMEONE WANTS YOU DEAD BUT YOU LIVE TO TELL? 48 HOURS' PROVOCATIVE LIMITED-RUN SERIES "LIVE TO TELL" RETURNS WITH THREE NEW PROGRAMS BEGINNING SATURDAY, DEC. 4
48 HOURS kicks off the third installment of its annual special limited-run series LIVE TO TELL with three new programs beginning on Saturday, Dec. 4. Each LIVE TO TELL broadcast features an unfiltered account by extraordinary individuals who came face-to-face with violent death and in their darkest hours, found the strength to persevere. The series remains loyal to the compelling true-crime stories that fans have come to expect from 48 HOURS, but adds an unexpected twist of fate: how do you hold onto life when someone wants you dead?
The first program in the LIVE TO TELL series, entitled "Full Moon" (4) features Yvette Rodier's account of a random act of violence that claimed the life of her friend and left her fearing for her life. On the night of Aug. 28, 1996, Yvette and her friend, Zach Snarr, went up to the mountains of Utah for their first date. It was the last moment of peace that Yvette would feel for years. Their special plans to take pictures of the full moon were interrupted when a stranger drove up, pulled out a gun and opened fire, emptying every bullet out of his gun. Zach was killed. Yvette, who was shot four times, survived by pretending to be dead.
Within days of the shooting, authorities caught 19-year-old Jorge Benvenuto. His shocking reason for the attack? For the thrill of watching them die. He even expressed disappointment that one of his victims had survived.
Yvette had indeed lived through the attack and it would take three years and five operations to repair the physical injuries that still left her with permanent nerve damage. But it was the emotional scars that would prove more debilitating. The once trusting and idealistic teenager she had been was gone, in her place was a terrified and isolated girl consumed by the guilt that she had survived.
Despite her fear, Yvette faced her attacker in court. Prosecutors had planned to request the death penalty but as the trial neared Jorge agreed to a plea bargain in exchange for life in prison. But Yvette's emotional torment would continue for years as Jorge filed appeals.
Jorge lost his most recent appeal in 2007. And 14 years after that fateful night, Yvette Rodier, now a mother to a 7-year-old daughter and a lawyer working with the victims of crimes, says that she still thinks of Zach everyday but that she is grateful that she lived to tell her story.
48 HOURS LIVE TO TELL continues on Saturday, Dec. 11 (10 -11 PM, ET/PT) with "The Railroad Killer," the firsthand account of a young woman who came face-to-face with an infamous serial killer who earned his nickname by choosing victims along the railroad tracks. After being raped, beaten and stabbed, Holly Dunn somehow found the will to survive. Holly would learn that her attacker was responsible for a multi-state killing spree, often murdering people as they slept in their beds. The race was on to find him before he killed again. As his lone survivor, Holly sought justice for all of The Railroad Killer's victims, and dedicated her life to helping victims of sex crimes.
The third program in the series, which will be broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 26 (10-11 PM ET/PT) features the story of 15-year-old Shea McDonough, who in 2007, woke up to find a masked man in her bedroom in Chelmsford, Mass. Holding a knife to her throat the intruder told her to be quiet, but Shea summoned the courage to make enough noise to wake her parents. Little did they know that this man had killed before and if not for Shea's bravery, would've killed again.
The series was created by Judy Tygard, and Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer. This program was produced by Chris Young, Joan Adelman and Richard Barber.