Abby Hernandez was 14 when she disappeared without a trace. Lifetime’s film ‘Girl in the Shed: The Kidnapping of Abby Hernandez’ follows the true story of Abby, who was kidnapped on her way home from school in North Conway, New Hampshire on October 9, 2013.
Channels like Lifetime offer movies you can relate to, often dramatizing real-life stories. This film is a true crime drama about a kidnapping. The film will show how the victim struggled to stay alive so he could be reunited with his mother and family. If you like the plot of the movie, you can add other lifetime similar movies like “Single Black Female” and “Line Sisters” to your watch list.
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The real story behind Abby’s kidnapping
The search for the 14-year-old girl has left family members, investigators and the community baffled. The abduction and search records were part of the community’s history and local lore. Many rumors and theories swirled around the northern New Hampshire town about the kidnapping, and people wondered what could have happened to the teenager, who had just started her new life at Kennett High School. The reality was very shocking – Abby had been kidnapped and hidden just 30 miles north of Conway. She was kept as a prisoner in a storage container and endured both sexual assault and torture.
Abby remembered the time and said, “I remember thinking to myself, ‘Okay, I have to work with her guy. So I said, ‘I’m not judging you for that. If you let me go, I won’t tell anyone.'” Her initial attempts to negotiate with her captor failed and the captor led her to his property. Abby spent much of the nine months in captivity in the container. Abby suffered from daily abuse, but she remained hopeful as she prayed for the strength to survive her ordeal. She hoped to see her family members and mother again soon. Abby said: “I remember I never never said “amen” in my mind. I never wanted to end my prayers because I didn’t want God to leave me. I just really wanted to live.”
Abby revealed that the kidnapper eventually started to trust her, even enlisting her to help create counterfeit money in his home. Her faith and continuous attempts to escape the trap finally helped her gain her freedom in July 2014. The kidnapper freed her for fear that the police were about to come to her home due to a local counterfeit investigation. Abby’s captivity changed her life forever. After the ordeal was over, she also came to appreciate the new outlook on life she gained through her experience. Abby said, “Don’t lose hope, even if you feel like you’ve lost everything. Hope is something no one can take away from you. And keep it. And it will keep you going.”