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From surviving horrifying accidents to escaping the wrath of Mother Nature, these individuals share their stories of beating the odds on the covers of PEOPLE

 photo | Heroes Among Us, Murder, Near Death Experiences, Gripping News Stories, Coping and Overcoming Illness, True Crime, Real People Stories, Ashley Smith, Ashton Kutcher, Charlie Sheen, Demi Moore, Mario Vazquez

Seven Hours of Terror

Ashley Smith Was Unpacking—Literally—for a New Start When Alleged Killer Brian Nichols Took Her Hostage. Faith, Patience—and a Determination to See Her Daughter Again—Saved Her Life, and Possibly Others

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Issue Date:Mar 28, 2005

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