A CHILD ABDUCTION THROUGH THE EYES OF ONE OF THE FEW WHO HAVE LIVED TO TALK ABOUT IT � AND HOW IT ALTERS LIFE FOREVER
Elizabeth Vargas Reports on ABC News� �20/20,� Friday, March 16
And: Barbara Walters� Exclusive Interview with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez; Plus: Bill Ritter Putting Memory to the Test
It was huge news recently when Missouri boys Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck were rescued from their abductor. Statistics say only one to three percent of children missing for more than 72 hours ever return. Now that they are home, what kind of life will they face? Elizabeth Vargas talks to Jessyca Mullenberg, another kidnap victim who beat the odds. She says that she is still overwhelmed by the horrific experience, almost 12 years after her abduction. Jessyca�s tale is a rare opportunity to see a child abduction through the eyes of one of the few who have lived to talk about it. �It�s like I have two lives,� she says. The report airs on �20/20,� FRIDAY, MARCH 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Jessyca, who is now in her 20s and engaged to be married, says that she was either raped or hit almost every day, and spent many days tied or chained to a bed. She tells Vargas that her life � as well as the lives of those who love her � have been altered forever. ��Don�t judge a book by its cover� to the outside world, I�m functional� but it�s hard to be in my shoes. I suffer from fibromalsia, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, the list goes on and on,� she says.
Vargas also talks to Patty Wetterling, a mom who still holds out hope even though her son, Jacob, has been missing for 18 years; and to Trevor Wetterling, the brother who was with Jacob when he was abducted. Trevor is now writing a book of advice for families of missing children.
And: In an exclusive interview, Barbara Walters sits down with controversial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. This is the first time he has been interviewed by an American television journalist since he was in the U.S. last fall for the United Nations and called President Bush �the devil,� and since his re-election in December. In addition to the President Chavez interview, �20/20� will include a snapshot of life in Venezuela�s capital and largest city, Caracas.
Also: We'd all benefit from having better memory � from the little things like remembering where you put your keys, to the bigger things like remembering names and faces and important dates. Little wonder there's a multi-million dollar industry for artificial memory boosters pills. But, as Bill Ritter reports, it does not take so-called memory enhancing drugs, nor does it take a genius� just ten minutes a day of memory exercises can help improve your memory and also protect against age-related memory loss. Ritter meets 10 kids from a high school in the South Bronx, one of the roughest neighborhoods in New York, who are competing in the 10th annual memory championship, as well as Scott Hagwood, the four-time U.S. Memory Championship winner.
�20/20� is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is executive producer.