Archive Page - 08/16/13 41 years, 2,181 covers and 55,435 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Nicki Minaj: I'm High-Maintenance in Bed – And You Should Be, Too
- The Style Top 5: Taylor Swift Goes Wedding Dress Shopping (For Her BFF),
Celebs' Share Their Makeup-Free Selfies and More
- DuckTales Theme Goes Eerily Well with Drake, Beyoncé (VIDEO)
- Boy Found Dead in Swing May Have Had Medical Condition, Source Says
- TMI! This San Andreas ' Star Shares How He Would React To An Earthquake
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- October 06, 2008
- Vol. 70
- No. 14
Shawn Hornbeck: 'It Was Terrifying'
He Was Held Captive by a Kidnapper for Years. Now, 20 Months After His Rescue, He Opens Up About His Ordeal
The interview sheds new light on Hornbeck's kidnapping on Oct. 6, 2002, and his more than four years as a captive in the home of pizza parlor worker Michael Devlin, 42. Hornbeck spent most of his first month bound to Devlin's futon; he was constantly sexually abused. "There wasn't a day when I didn't think he was just gonna kill me," says Hornbeck. "I'm not gonna lie—there were times when it seemed like I was better off dead."
Then, only a month after the abduction, Devlin drove Hornbeck into the woods and began strangling him. Hornbeck begged for his life and agreed never to do anything that threatened Devlin's hold over him. And he never did, even after Devlin allowed him to go on sleepovers with a friend. Hornbeck's parents asked Roberts not to question him about why he never tried to escape. But Hornbeck did say, "People see it in their power to judge me. They don't know what I went through. They weren't there."
Hornbeck was rescued Jan. 12, 2007, four days after Devlin kidnapped another boy, Ben Ownby, 13. Now a junior in high school and already caught up with classmates, Hornbeck is relieved Devlin was given 74 life sentences but reluctant to share the worst aspects of his abuse with his parents or anyone. His story, he says, has "a lot of gory, nasty details that a lot of people really can't handle."
Hornbeck's recovery, everyone knows, is going to take some time. But by most accounts, including his own, he's off to a good start. "I've lived two lives," he says. "And I've got what I wanted most in life, which was to be back with my family."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!