Heather Thompson appeared on the NBC Today Show on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 with her husband Duane. She was interviewed by Matt Lauer. Below is the video of Heather Thompson on the Today Show.
Heather Thompson Interview on the Today Show with Matt Lauer
Fifteen years after being nearly beaten to death by her husband, Heather Thompson fears for her life once again.
The man who nearly killed her is just 14 days from walking out of prison and Thompson says she’s desperate to find help. In September 1994, Thompson says Thomas Price told her she’d had her “last meal.”
“From there he proceeded to beat me for about 3 1/2 hours. He punched me, kicked me, repeatedly kicked me in the head, put a belt around my head and tried to strangle me. He picked up a broom and beat me until it broke into so many pieces he couldn’t use it any more.
Heather Thompson, Domestic Violence Abuse Victim, Video Interview
Video courtesy of WCNC.com
“He had an assault rifle as well as a .22 pistol that he held directly to my head and said, ‘I’m gonna blow your head off. I’m gonna bury your body out back and tell the kids that you ran away and didn’t want to be their mom anymore.’ And then he finally stopped the actual beating and held me at gunpoint for nearly 15 hours before he let me go to the hospital,” Thompson told NewsChannel 36 in an interview Thursday night.
In 1995, Price was sentenced to 24 years in prison for assault and kidnapping. But, the threats didn’t stop.
In a letter sent from prison in1995, Price called his wife a “slut” and promised to kill Thompson and their daughters saying, “All three of you will die by my hands.” Because of that letter, Thomas Price was sentenced to five more years in prison.
Now, 14 1/2 years later, Price is two weeks away from being a free man and there’s nothing to stop him from showing up at the door of his ex-wife. Thompson is remarried now and has two more children.
“Right this very second I am fighting for the lives of me and my children and my husband,” said Thompson.
She became the face and voice of domestic violence in Union County, speaking to thousands of people and serving on boards, including the North Carolina Coalition for Domestic Violence. But Thompson says she’s unable to find anyone to protect her and her family.
“Every single agency that I’ve reached out to is not there to help,” she said.
She is now disabled because of the vicious beatings and unable to work. Her new husband was laid off in December. Without money to move, Thompson fears the man who nearly killed her will return with a vengeance.
Thomas Price, guilty of nearly killing Heather Thompson
Death threat letter sent to Heather by Thomas Price in prison
Price will be released on May 29 and Thompson says there’s “nothing in place to help keep me and my family safe.”
If you’d like to help Heather and learn more about her story, visit her web site: www.the-babysitter.org.
You can donate to Heather’s fund to help her protect herself. Click the Paypal link to make a donation to Heather.
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