Incest survivor speaks out after 30 years
In 1986 the name Cheryl Pierson was in headlines across the nation. Cheryl had hired a classmate to kill her father, but what really happened behind the closed doors at 293 Magnolia? It has taken 30 hears for her to speak out
Cheryl says, "As an adult, I know it was wrong. You shouldn't kill someone, but a father should not rape his daughter." Convinced no one would believe her, she had nowhere to turn. "Even now, nobody believes the victim, whether it is rape or incest. Incest is like a four-letter word.It takes a lot for the victim to say the word. It took me 30 years to tell my story."
Only her boyfriend Rob Cuccio, later her husband, knew the truth. He saved her in the dark days before and after the murder.
"There is more help for victims now, but still one in five children have contact with a family member."
She gave only one short interview throughout all of those years. In 1988 a book about the case and her life was released without her knowledge, filled with many half-truths and, in some cases, fabrication or speculation. She was too traumatized at that time to set the record straight.
After a miracle occurred in 2012 when Cheryl saved Rob's life after he had been pronounced dead, they knew it was time to go through the pain of writing their shocking but inspirational book to help others. At last the true story is told and the Cuccios hold back nothing. The messge is clear. You are not alone and do not have to be defined by awful things that happen to you.
Together since they were in high school, this couple has endured everything, are still happily married and have two beautiful daughters.
They have appeared on Discovery ID Channel in the "I, Witness" series and are available for interview.
"Incest, Murder and a Miracle" is available in Kindle, ePub and paperback at most online booksellers.
Morgan St. James