A woman who was abducted by a serial killer in 2002 has revealed how she was plotting her escape from the second she was kidnapped.
Kara Robinson Chamberlain, then 15, was watering flowers at her friend's house when a stranger pulled into the driveway in Virginia, US.
The man asked if he could give her some magazines and suddenly pulled a gun on Kara and forced her into his car.
She was held captive for 18 hours and sexually assaulted by Richard Evonitz – completely unaware that he had already killed three other people.
Speaking to the BBC, the now 34-year-old opened up about moving on from that traumatic incident and gave details of her escape.
The mum who has since joined the police said: "I went into the situation with a plan to escape.
"The minute the gun touched the side of my face, I knew, I'm a tiny 15-year-old girl, this is a grown man, I can't fight him off, so what is my next best thing?"
Kara said she was given drugs and sexually assaulted and passed out while restrained on the bed next to Evnoitz.
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She explained that one of the handcuffs used to bind her had a fuzzy rim which allowed her to slide out once she felt it was safe to make an escape.
She managed to break free from her wrist restraints as the dangerous predator slept next to her.
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She explained: "Eventually I was able to escape, the next morning while he was asleep, I undid the restraints on my wrists was able to slide out of the bed while he was asleep next to me and get out of the door where I ran for a car that was driving across the parking lot of the apartment complex.
"I ran out in front of it with handcuffs dangling off my wrist. I told the men in the car I'd been kidnapped and asked them to take me to law enforcement which they did."
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Following her escape, Evonitz fled to Sarasota, Florida, where he shot himself after being surrounded by police.
After his death, the FBI found evidence that led them to identify Evonitz as the killer of three girls.
Kara went on to join the police, working in victim services, and now runs a TikTok account where she gives advice to young people on what to do if they are ever abducted.
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