On October 1, 1985, a beautiful teenager, Missy Avila, was lured into the woods and tortured before she was forced into a stream and held down with a huge log. her screams echoed through the trees. She struggled until she drowned.
Karen Severson, Missy's best friend, was grief-stricken. She publicly vowed to find the killer. She even moved in with Missy's family to help. Her devotion was touching.
It was also a lie.
For three years no one guessed. Then a surprise witness told the shocking truth. Now this edge-of-the-seat account discloses what really happened and recreates every moment of the police investigation and electrifying courtroom drama that exposed the twisted workings of a killer's mind...and madness of the most chilling kind.
The story is true to life, but hard to accept, because the mother of the victim wants to blame her daughter's death on the fact that she was beautiful, popular etc. However, hard that is, we see this more and more with girls hiring people to kill a cheerleader because she didn't make the squad.