Fashion Saved My Life when I was kidnapped in Chicago (at age 17)

My Chicago Tribune headlines December 13, 1972

Fashion quite literally saved my life (but ended my abductor’s), some 44 years ago today. My ultra-suede maxi coat stiffened in the extreme cold, concealing the fact that I was wearing a (plastic) watch with a “bubble” (thick) crystal, allowing me to free my left wrist (after being handcuffed). The wooden platform sandals I was wearing (with socks) in the middle of winter (what?!) made every kick count.

I suffered no physical harm save for the blows to my head (which knocked me out & allowed him to drag me into the car through the passenger window).

Freeing my one hand (early on) made ALL the difference and allowed me moments of clarity through my (absolute) terror.

I’m thankful for a LOT of things that worked out in my favor those 44 years ago today, but mostly, I thank God for making certain I wore that watch, that coat & that particular pair of shoes 🙏🏻🙏🏻 I’ll type up the whole story some day, but until then, this link has the most accurate accounting:,3863520

That’s me, showing reporters the wrist burns from freeing myself of the handcuffs. I was pretty shocked to google my name & find these for sale?!!

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