“Something I remember most about that time was the story Holly told a few days later when we finally got to be with her. She calmly, candidly walked through each event the night of the attack. She was wearing khaki shorts and Birkenstock clog sandals—the kind that just slip on your feet, no straps. Following the attack, Ramirez left her for dead. She remembers the sensation of being covered up with leaves. The next thing she remembers is pounding on the front door of a house asking for help. She was bloodied, battered and barely lucid—the guy answered the door, called the police and tried to keep her from passing out before EMS could arrive. The house she ran to was at least two football fields away from the attack site. She had to cross two sets of railroad tracks, gravel, dirt glass, debris, etc. When she arrived at the house to beg for help she had no shoes on. There was not one scratch, one bruise, any dirt, etc. on her feet. She said, “I know God was with me. I know Chris was with me. I know an angel carried me to that house, and that’s why I’m still here.” I will never forget that moment—at a time when you could be so angry and question faith, she found the beauty and resolve in it instead. She renewed my faith and my relationship with God as well. We can’t do this life alone. We have to keep faith.” Lottie C. Stockwell (friend of Holly K. Dunn)
(Washington, D.C.) On Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10 PM ET, CBS 48 Hours: Live To Tell will air Holly K. Dunn‘s Sole Survivor story. It was August 28, 1997, 20 years ago, when she and her boyfriend were the victims of the notorious serial killer Angel Maturino Reséndiz, aka The Railroad Killer. The episode will feature Holly’s story from that night that would change her journey forever. The episode also highlights Holly’s family members who were involved during those days. More information can be found at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/48-hours-live-to-tell-the-railroad-killer.
The 48 Hours: Live To Tell sole survivor is speaking about her journey this anniversary, sharing private, never before heard, version of what happened on that day in August 1997. Her new book, Sole Survivor, will be released this November 7, 2017. Holly’s story as the sole survivor of this heinous act has brought healing and which established Holly’s House setting out to impact the lives of victims from vicious assaults and horrific crimes.
Holly Dunn Pendleton is a survivor, a motivator, and a tribute to the human spirit!
The victim of a violent physical and sexual assault and witness to her boyfriend’s murder, Holly has become a beacon of hope and inspiration to many.
Miraculously living to tell her story, Holly motivates others to reclaim their lives after assault, and to help her community build a network of healing and outreach. Holly’s passion to advocate for other victims of violence is extraordinary, and it is this passion that has allowed her and organizations that she is a part of to reach so many people.
Holly’s work includes being the spokesperson for Holly’s House a local sexual abuse and domestic violence advocacy center which she co-founded in her hometown of Evansville, IN. That passion later evolved into her current full-time work as a motivational speaker and trainer, using her own experience and uplifting message to inspire and enlighten.
Included in Holly’s long list of awards and accomplishments are:
Best of Evansville, Woman of the Year, Evansville Living Magazine, 2003
Phenomenal Woman of USI, Award Winner for Community Service, 2003
Award for Public Service, US Department of Justice, 2005
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Greatest Public Service, 2006
Hero of the Month, Glamour Magazine, 2007
United States Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Rights of Victims, 2007
Community Service Award, Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, 2007
Featured on A& E Networks “I Survived” Program, 2009
People Magazine, “Hero Among Us”, 2009
Featured on 48 Hours Lived to Tell Program, 2010
Athena Award Nominee, Evansville, 2007, 2009, & 2011
Eden Gordon Media’s Women of Influence Boutique to feature Holly K. Dunn, Sole Survivor. Holly is a powerful leader, speaker, and author. This week, August 14 – August 17, 2017, Holly K. Dunn will be joining Money Talk with Melanie with host Melanie Collette. Holly is the author of Sole Survivor, sharing her story of becoming a survivor from the tragedy on August 28, 1997, 20 years ago, when the infamous Railroad Killer took her boyfriend’s life and left her for dead. Her story was featured on 48 Hours Live To Tell. She was also featured in People Magazine’s Heroes Among Us. This fall, November 2017 Holly will begin her national book tour launching from Evansville, Indiana.
About Holly K. Dunn: Holly K. Dunn Pendleton is the only known survivor of the Railroad Serial Killer, Angel Maturino Resendiz. She was raped, beaten, stabbed and left for dead. After recovering physically, Holly began the lifelong process of healing emotionally.
Though Holly’s life has been dramatically affected and changed by the attack, she prides herself on living as a survivor, not a victim. In 2008, she co-founded Holly’s House, a child and adult advocacy center for victims of intimate crimes and today tells her story to promote safety and awareness.
Joyce Im Bartholomew, a fierce advocate and spokesperson in the Pro-Life movement, will be performing for Celebrate Life! a Pre-Born benefit concert to provide ultrasound machines and screenings for pregnancy care centers in Pasadena, California. Bartholomew’s Pro-Life song, What Was Your Name,she wrote five years ago highlights her work in the pregnancy care centers and will be one of the key performances for the benefit concert with headliners Michael W. Smith and Brandon Heath on Friday, August 18, 2017 at Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena, California.
“For many years I have been writing music to honor God and raise awareness for Pre-Born!, a Pro-Life organization, which provides ultrasound machines and ultrasound screenings for pregnancy care centers around the nation. It’s such a joy for me to join these amazing Grammy and Dove Award winning artists, Michael W. Smith and Brandon Heath, for this special benefit concert in Pasadena, California. I thank Pre-Born! and their compassionate care for the lives of the unborn.” Joyce Im Bartholomew