Anderson opened today's program introducing us to Will and Kristen Stillman, twins who were abused physically, sexually and emotionally for 12 years. There mother left them with their abuser. We are introduced to Will and Kristen in a voice over video before they join Anderson on stage.
We leaned the various types of inhumane discipline that Will suffered, that Kristen had four children fathered by her abuser - the first when she was 14 years old (they have since been adopted to wonderful homes), that their mother witnessed the abuse and did nothing. Various times they tried to get help from adults, but were turned away. When Kristen was in the hospital giving birth to her fourth child, her oldest told Will that "grandpa" was raping her. This finally caused Will and Kristin to seek help from Detective Philp Stanford, who when they reported the abuse, believed their story. Anderson reported that charges were brought and two of the people in the house while the abuse took place are on probation and registered sex offenders, "Grandpa" died before sentencing, Eric received a sentence of 300 years in prison which he is currently serving and Karen Stillman a 16 year prison sentence.
Because Will and Kristen cannot see their mom (part of the sentencing) Anderson interviewed her from prison. Below is part of that interview ~
In the audience and joining Will & Kristen on the couch - their Aunt, Dee Ann Anderson (their biological father's sister -- he doesn't want to meet them, no does he want Dee Ann to talk about them to him), Clint Van Zandt and FBI profiler who said in his opinion, "They are the ultimate survivors" and Detective Philip Stanford - the detective who helped and believed in them.
Anderson took to the audience for questions and we learned that Kristen had another baby 6 months ago that she is raising with her boyfriend, that Will and his girlfriend are expecting, and that Clint Van Zandt recommended additional therapy for them and Anderson made the offer, if Kristen and Will are interested.
Anderson's personal take away from today's program ~
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