‘Picking me was the greatest mistake he ever made’: Woman who survived being kidnapped by a serial killer at 15 reveals how she ‘outsmarted him’ and escaped by studying his every move

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  • Kara Robinson, 35, from Columbia, South Carolina, relieved from captivity by Richard Ivonitz in Oxygen’s special Escaping Captivity: The Kara Robinson Story
  • She was watering flowers alone in her friend’s front yard on June 24, 2002, when Ivonitz pulled into the driveway and asked to give her some magazines
  • When he bent down, he pressed a gun to his neck and forced him to carry it in a plastic container that was in the back of his car.
  • Avonitz handcuffed her wrists and tied her ankles before taking her inside his apartment, where he drugged and raped her repeatedly for 18 hours
  • Robinson studies her kidnapper and her belongings while planning her escape.
  • The next morning, she was able to free herself from her restraint, run outside, and flag a car to be taken to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Avonitz fled to Sarasota, Florida, and killed himself while being chased by police
  • An investigation revealed that he had murdered at least three other girls in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, in the late ’90s before abducting Robinson.

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A woman who survived being kidnapped by a serial killer at the age of 15 describes how she ‘outcast’ her kidnapper, saying she studied his every move before engineering the escape.

Kara Robinson, 35, of Columbia, South Carolina, nearly 20 years later relives the harrowing 18 hours she was held captive by Richard Ivonitz in Oxygen’s new true-crime documentary, Escaping Captivity: The Kara Robinson Story.

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“Choosing me was her biggest mistake ever,” she said in a two-hour special, produced by kidnapping survivor and child safety activist Elizabeth Smart.

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Horror: Kara Robinson, 35, from Columbia, South Carolina, relieved of being kidnapped by serial killer Richard Ivonitz in Oxygen’s special Escaping Captivity: The Kara Robinson Story

Monster: Avonitz held 15-year-old Robinson (pictured) captive for 18 hours and repeatedly sexually assaulted her before escaping

Monster: Avonitz (pictured) held 15-year-old Robinson captive for 18 hours and repeatedly sexually assaulted her before escaping

Monster: Avonitz (right) held 15-year-old Robinson (left) in captivity for 18 hours and repeatedly sexually assaulted her before escaping

On June 24, 2002, Robinson was watering flowers alone in her friend’s front yard when a man she didn’t know pulled her into the driveway and asked her if he could give her some magazines.

‘He took them in my hand,’ she recalled. ‘As he was bowing down, I felt a red flag somewhere in my head, and at the same time I felt that red flag, I felt a gun pressed to the side of my neck. He said, “If you scream. I’ll shoot you.”

Avonitz forced Robinson to sneak into a plastic container in the back of his car. He immediately began recording information about his hijacker, including the serial number of the container, which he remembered.

“At that point, my brain turned off my feelings,” she said. ‘I just went into survival mode.’

After taking her to his apartment, he handcuffed her wrists and tied her ankles before taking her inside, where he drugged and raped her repeatedly for 18 hours.

‘In that apartment, I knew what this man’s intentions were for me,’ she said. ‘When I was being attacked, it felt like something had happened to someone else. I closed my mind and left my body.’

Robinson plans her escape while studying her kidnapper and her belongings, taking everything from her kitchen magnet to the long, red hair in her hairbrush.

Terrible Moment: Robinson was watering flowers in her friend's front yard (pictured) on June 24, 2002, when she was kidnapped

Terrible Moment: Robinson was watering flowers in her friend’s front yard (pictured) on June 24, 2002, when she was kidnapped

Nightmare: The serial killer took her to his apartment, where he held her captive for 18 hours.  When his parents filed a missing report, the police declared him a fugitive.

Nightmare: Robinson said she turned off her emotions and went into ‘survival mode’, recalling how he studied her and how she used objects in her apartment (pictured)

“I can’t explain where it came from, it was just this voice that said my options were as I was told and to escape and survive or panic, to fight, and maybe die, ” she explained.

‘So I determined myself to remain as calm as I could for as long as I could.’

He remembered that a gun was once within his reach, but he thought twice before acting hastily.

‘I thought about holding the gun for a moment and then realized that I had little chance of winning that fight,’ she said.

This reinforced the mantra that was running through his mind: ‘Gather information, wait for it to complement, survive.’

The next morning Robinson was able to free himself from her shackles while his kidnapper slept next to him in his bed. When she ran out the door, she flagged a car and asked two men to take her to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

She helped identify her assailant, who fled to Sarasota, Florida, when she realized she had fled. He committed suicide after being chased by the police.

Trauma: 'In that apartment, I knew what this man's intentions were for me,' she said.  'When I was being assaulted, it felt like something had happened to someone else'

Trauma: ‘In that apartment, I knew what this man’s intentions were for me,’ she said. ‘When I was being assaulted, it felt like something had happened to someone else’

The Escape: The next morning, she was able to free herself from her restraint, run outside, and flag a car to be taken to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

The Escape: The next morning, she was able to free herself from her restraint, run outside, and flag a car to be taken to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

‘I was a little angry about it,’ Robinson told Fox News. ‘My feelings have gone back and forth over the years to feel relieved that he killed himself because I never got to go to trial. I’ve never had to sit in a courtroom and talk about all the details about what happened to me. I don’t have to worry about him getting out or anything like that.

Robinson It was later revealed that Ivonitz was a serial killer, when an investigation revealed that he had kidnapped and murdered Sofia Silva, 16, and Kristen Lisk, 15, and her sister Kati, in 1997, while living in Sposylvania County, Virginia, in 1996. had done.

Ivonitz has been suspected of other murders, and before killing himself, he confessed to several crimes in front of his sister. Washington Post.

“I’m angry now because I think he’s responsible for other crimes,” Robinson told Fox News. Now it is going to be very difficult to identify him as the person responsible for those crimes. And I think we could have linked him to some things if it weren’t for the fact that he killed…

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