One of many victims of a profession intercourse offender who was busted within the homicide of lacking upstate New York teen Brittanee Drexel described how she feared her life when he kidnapped her in 1983.
Raymond Moody kidnapped Kerri Harding, now 48, from a playground in Vallejo, California, then assaulted and abused her over a number of hours inside his automobile, the US Sun reported.
“I for positive thought he was going to kill me,” Harding advised the information outlet after Moody was charged Monday with first-degree homicide within the dying of Drexel, 17, of Rochester.
“I really feel like had I not managed to steer him to let me out of his automobile to go to the toilet, I by no means would’ve made it out alive,” Harding advised the US Solar in an emotional interview.
She described how the person accosted her when she was 8 years previous and warned her to not stroll throughout a parking zone at her faculty “as a result of they’re engaged on the fence.”
She ignored him as a result of she had been warned to not communicate with strangers and continued strolling — however then realized he had been telling the reality in regards to the work.
However after she turned again, he unlocked his automobile door and whisked her inside.
“Every little thing occurred within the blink of a watch. He had me in his automobile and had pushed away inside seconds,” Harding advised the outlet, describing how he held her head down as he drove.
The terrified lady requested the sicko the place he was taking her.
“‘You’re too little to be out right here by your self. I’m taking you to the police station,’” she stated he answered, however as an alternative drove her to a abandoned website about three miles from her house.
“‘Has anybody advised you, you may have a stupendous physique?’” she stated he then requested, including, “‘Let’s get into the again, we’re going to screw.’”
“I used to be 8, I didn’t even know what he meant, so at that time I didn’t notice what was going to occur till it occurred — and it was horrific,” Harding advised the US Solar in regards to the horrific rape.
“Finally he agreed to let me go to the toilet,” she advised the outlet. “And so he opened the again door and advised me to squat proper subsequent to the automobile whereas he gripped onto my hair.”
“Once I squatted down, a pool of blood got here pouring out of me and simply acquired greater and greater. When he noticed it, he briefly let go of my hair and I simply took off working,” Harding added.
Just a few months later, Harding stated, she out of the blue remembered a particular sticker she had seen on the rear bumper of her captor’s car.
“That inexperienced sticker was required on any automobile that wanted to get onto the naval base within the city,” Harding stated. “The minute I remembered that sticker, the police discovered him and arrested him the subsequent day.”
Moody was convicted of kidnapping and raping seven women below the age of 14, together with Harding, and sentenced to 42 years behind bars.
He was launched in 2004 after serving half the time period.
In 2009, he allegedly kidnapped and strangled Drexel on her spring break journey to Myrtle Seaside, South Carolina, then buried her physique the subsequent day.
The investigation led police to an space in Georgetown County the place Drexel’s physique was believed to be buried. Her stays have been recognized via dental data and DNA testing, police stated.
“To the Drexel household, we mourn with you and pray for you as you deal with the tragedies of 13 years in the past,” Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver stated Monday.
“Nobody deserves to undergo this and our hearts exit to you. Our solely hope is that this discovering permits your loved ones to grieve correctly for Brittanee,” he added.
Harding stated the 62-year-old fiend’s arrest “positively digs up quite a lot of previous demons.
“I suppose I simply actually can’t wrap my mind round how he ever was launched early. He had a 42-year sentence and he did 21 years — 21 years for raping seven women,” she advised the Solar.
“He ought to’ve by no means been given the possibility to harm one other youngster … that’s what hurts me so deeply as a result of Brittanee would nonetheless be with us right this moment if he was stored behind bars,” Harding stated.
“We have to put this monster the place he belongs … in a grave,” she added.