“Sole Survivor” Book Release Party, November 7, 2017 – New York City

“Sole Survivor” Book Release Party, November 7, 2017 – New York City


On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Holly K. Dunn’s premier book, Sole Survivor, The Inspiring True Story of Coming Face to Face with the Infamous Railroad Killer will be launched from New York City.

Emmett O’Lunney’s Irish Pub at 210 West 50th Street, New York will be co-hosting the Sole Survivor book event beginning at 7:00 PM ET.

Diversion Books is the publisher of Sole Survivor and the book’s featured endorsement is by child abuse prevention advocate and founder of Erin’s Law, Erin Merryn.

Holly K. Dunn has been featured on CBS 48 Hours, People Magazine, Glamour Magazine, American Military News, NJ Blue News, LifeZette News, and A&E. 


Remembering the 20th Anniversary…the “Sole Survivor” friends and family speak out.

Remembering the 20th Anniversary…the “Sole Survivor” friends and family speak out.


“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)



CBS 48 Hours: Live To Tell to air episode Sole Survivor, Holly K. Dunn on 20th Anniversary of Railroad Killer

CBS 48 Hours: Live To Tell to air episode Sole Survivor, Holly K. Dunn on 20th Anniversary of Railroad Killer

(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 K. Dunn’s story has been featured on CBS 48 Hours: Live To Tell SeriesPeople Magazine Heroes Among Us, Glamour Magazine “Hero of the Month”, The Guardian, A&E Networks “I Survived”, American Military News, LifeZette News, NJBlue, The Good News with Angie Austin, Daybreak USA, Trending Today USA, Money Talk with Melanie and Chosen Generation. Her new book, Sole Survivor, will be released this November 7, 2017 in New York.


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