Mitzi Holt's story of survival

By: John Treanor Email
By: John Treanor Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Thirty-one years-ago Mitzi Holt was a happy 15-year-old in Morristown walking to her mom's surprise birthday party with her best friend, 16-year-old Mary Jones.

But everything changed that July day, when she met Randy Lee May.

May was a student at Walters State Community College, studying to be a police officer.

As the girls walked, he pulled up next to them, flashed a badge and asked for their help finding two missing teens. He drove them to the woods, took Mitzi out of the car and never planned on letting her get back in.

"His hand come over my face, he was trying to gag me, I knew right then and there I was in trouble." Holt remembers what happened like it was yesterday.

"Something inside me told me to fight, just fight. So I reached up and knocked the gun out of his hand and then I saw something shiny. He had pulled out his hunting knife and he sliced my throat."

Mitzi was stabbed 3 times, she played dead held her breath and then ran. Mary couldn't get away.

"I heard her scream, and I knew right then and there he had her. I tried to get back up the hill to get to her and I couldn't."

Mitzi escaped the woods with her life, but May apparently wasn't done yet. He showed up at her hospital while she was recovering and then he gave her one last bone chilling threat. He looked at her in the courtroom and said I'll be back for you.

May is up for parole. His hearing is Thursday morning. Holt will be there and she'll tell the judge her story: a story that haunts her everyday and hope the man that tried to kill her stays behind bars.

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