TWO COLLEGE STUDENTS FAKE DEATH TO CHEAT DEATH IN THE SECOND EPISODE OF "LIVE TO TELL," A LIMITED-RUN SERIES FROM THE PRODUCERS OF "48 HOURS" SATURDAY, FEB. 21
In January of 2000, two young college students were on a peaceful date until the evening took a horrific turn. Stalked, kidnapped, brutalized and both shot in the face at a river's edge, these teens outsmarted their would-be killer, playing dead to try to stay alive. Now Danielle Keener tells their story in LIVE TO TELL "River's Edge," on Saturday, Feb. 21 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
In the second episode of the limited-run, three-episode series, LIVE TO TELL, Keener describes walking by a river near York, Pa. with Dan Zapp, when they were suddenly ambushed by a gunman and forced into his red pickup truck. The young couple begged for their lives, but to no avail. Keener was sexually assaulted and Dan could do nothing to save her.
Holding hands, they were forced at gunpoint down to the riverbank. Keener recalls the chilling moment she heard the first gunshot and saw her boyfriend fall to the ground as blood poured out of his mouth. She describes getting down on her knees before she too was shot. Both were pushed into an icy river.
The couple pretended to be dead as their would-be killer watched them float down the river. Through a combination of grit and luck, they lived long enough to be pulled from the river. Police raced to the hospital to interview the teens. On the brink of death, Dan Zapp wrote out what he remembered of the gunman and gave police the clues they needed to try to find him.
Family, friends and investigators also describe the harrowing search for the would-be killer and the strength of the teens who, in their darkest hours, found the strength to fight death and find justice.
From the producers of "48 Hours Mystery," each broadcast in the LIVE TO TELL series delivers an unfiltered, first-hand account from extraordinary individuals who came face-to-face with death but refused to give in. Click here to watch a preview.
The series was created by Judy Tygard, and Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer. LIVE TO TELL "River's Edge," was produced by Katherine Davis, Michael McHugh, Alan Miller, and Kevin Hayes.