05:05 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 09/04/2009 09:00AM
If anybody could know the torment Jaycee Dugard endured during her 18 years in captivity it would be Shawn Hornbeck, 18, who spent four years and three months living in the one-bedroom apartment of his abductor.
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Hornbeck, who – like Dugard – was abducted at the age of 11, shares his insight on life as a captive and what the road to recovery will be like for Jaycee.
Why Jaycee never escaped:
"You're brainwashed. It's as simple as that. I know people use that term a lot, but that's what happens to you. It's like you are on autopilot, only someone else is controlling all the switches. They control every little, minute detail in your life. Everything."
Originally posted 09/26/2008 05:15PM
Originally posted 09/24/2008 05:10PM
Speaking out for the first time, Shawn Hornbeck says his four years of being held captive was a nightmare so horrendous it would "send psychiatrists insane."
"I'm not gonna lie – there were times when it seemed like I was better off dead," Hornbeck, 17, tells CBS correspondent Troy Roberts in an interview airing Sept. 27 on 48 Hours Mystery.
Hornbeck was kidnapped in October 2002 and held in the home of pizza parlor worker Michael Devlin, 43, until the teenager was rescued in January 2007 after Devlin kidnapped another boy, 13-year-old Ben Ownby. (Devlin was given 74 life sentences).
Hornbeck spent most of his first month bound to Devlin's futon; he was constantly sexually abused.
Originally posted 01/19/2007 09:00AM
Shawn Hornbeck, the 15-year-old Missouri boy who was reunited with his parents last week after being missing for four years, told Oprah Winfrey on Thursday that he never stopped hoping to come home.
Originally posted 01/18/2007 02:15PM
When FBI agents set out in search of Ben Ownby, a 13-year-old Beaufort, Mo., boy kidnapped on Jan. 8, they were hoping to find him alive. They never expected to find not just Ownby, but Shawn Hornbeck, 15, who'd been missing since 2002.
Originally posted 01/17/2007 11:00AM
Down a long gravel road, in a one-story house by a Missouri highway, visitors learn what a miracle feels like – it feels like an albino ferret named Ghost. "She's kind of smelly," says young Ben Ownby – who just a week earlier had been abducted on that same gravel road and vanished for four hellish days – before plopping his squirmy pet on a guest's lap. "I saved up the money to get her: $140." As Ben, 13, rounds up one of his five cats, his father, Don, explains how all the holiday decorations still up in the house – the chaos of the past week didn't leave any time to take them down – will now come in handy. "Christmas," he says, "might go on a while longer."
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