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Victims of VICTIMS, FROM PAGE EZ-1 raw," Berecky admitted. In graphic detail, the articulate broadcaster recalled "flashes of memory" from Sept. 2, 2002, the day she was violently attacked by a stranger, later identified as convicted rapist and kidnapper John Bolam, 35, ofGreensburg. Berecky, 37, was vacuuming her car in early evening at the 66 Suds Car Wash in Hempfield Township when Bolam came at her from behind and struck her EAS1 CONNECTIONS PHONE NUMBERS AND WESTMORELAND BUREAU Westmoreland County Courthouse Suite 100 Carmen Lee Editor violent crime tell their in the heaa aoout 20 times wmi a pipe, pulled her hair out and kicked her. "I'll never forget what I saw in his eyes, pure evil, delighting in my torture; I could feel the pipe on my bones and my hair sounded like Velcro being pulled apart," Berecky said. "I begged him to stop. I felt my life slipping away. I believe divine intervention told me to 'get up and run,' " she said. And run she did. Dripping blood and hair, Berecky ran screaming for help to nearby, E-MAIL ADDRESSES ADVERTISING CONNECTIONS ousy Route 66. Initially, no one stopped to help. "Then, he tried to murder me again," Berecky recounted. Bolam attempted to drive his car full speed into her as he fled the scene. The popular, auburn-haired television reporter suffered a severe concussion and other injuries in the attack. She is left with numbness in her hands and an occasional stutter. Over the next year Berecky had to face a laughing Bolam several times in court. But on May 2 last year, Bolam, 35, a garage mechanic, was convicted of aggravated assault and attempted homicide for the attack. He was sentenced to 25 years to life under the state's Three Strikes Law. Bolam was previously convicted in 1994 of separate instances of rape and kidnapping and served eight years of a four- to eight-year sentence. He was released in 2002. "I believe I am alive, so I can speak out on behalf of those victims who can't." Berecky told the audience, many of whom were in tears during her account.

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  1. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
  2. 29 Apr 2004, Thu,
  3. Page 70

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