Unspeakable Times

After 19 Years Of Captivity, Rosalynn McGinnis Escaped Her Stepfather With Eight Of Their Children

According to the FBI, a child goes missing or is abducted every 40 seconds in the United States. Stories of kidnappings often make front-page news, leaving the names of women like Jaycee Dugard, Elizabeth Smart, and Amanda Berry forever imprinted on the minds of viewers across the country. Their tragic yet heroic stories of against-all-odds escapes are celebrated by the public.

The 1997 kidnapping of Rosalynn McGinnis is yet another story of surviving the unthinkable. McGinnis was abducted at the age of 12 by her stepfather, Henri Piette, and she lived with him and their nine children in Mexico for nearly two decades before escaping. Authorities then took nearly a year before they were able to locate Piette, who had abused McGinnis daily for 19 years. Authorities tracked Piette down in September 2017 when he visited the US Embassy in Mexico City while attempting to obtain a US passport.