CAUGHT IN THE ACT, A FAMILY’S FIGHT TO SAVE THEIR DAUGHTER FROM A SERIAL KILLER by Jeannie McDonough with Paul Lonardo
Caught in the Act
On July 30, 2007, the parents of a Chelmsford, Massachusetts 15-year old Shea McDonough, were awakened at 4 a.m. by strange noises coming from her bedroom. When Jeannie and Kevin went to check on their daughter they discovered a hulking figure dressed in black and holding a knife to Shea’s throat. Kevin McDonough immediately charged the stranger and wrestled him to ground while Jeannie wrested the knife from his hand. They managed to hold the masked intruder at bay until the police arrived. When authorities learned that the man who had invaded their home was also responsible for the recent deaths of at least two women (Darlene Ewalt and Monica Massaro) and the slashing attack on another, the McDonough story became even more remarkable.
Adam Leroy Lane, an interstate truck driver from North Carolina, would park his rig in rest areas in the middle of the night and then walk through the woods into neighboring communities wearing black clothing, a mask and carrying an arsenal of knives. The media dubbed him The Ninja Killer. He would search homes for an unlocked door, looking for women to slash to death in their sleep. The McDonough’s had stopped a multi-state serial killer.
Happy just to have survived the attack, this extraordinary family thought their troubles were over, but they were just beginning. They struggled to come to terms with the reason they were spared while others were not. They were instantly hailed as heroes, but the survivor guilt that has plagued Jeannie McDonough as a result has led her on a personal quest to ensure that the memories of Adam Leroy Lane’s victims are not forgotten.
This book is the true account of how a woman and her family survived not only an attack in the middle of the night by a knife-wielding intruder, but the aftermath of capturing a serial killer.