In 1961 a young girl close to death was spotted by a Freight that was sailing around the Bahamas.
The crew spotted the 11-year-old girl drifting through the ocean on a tiny cork float.
She soon became known as Terry Jo Duperrault – but no one knew how she became lost in the Atlantic Ocean alone.
Her story will terrify you.
The trip to this part of the world was meant to be one of a lifetime for the Dupperault family. In fact father, Dr Arthur Dupperault, an eye surgeon from Wisconsin and his wife Jean 38, had been saving for this amazing trip for a long time.
The couple took their three children along on the trip – Brian, 14, Terry Jo, 11, and Renee, 7. The family chartered a 60-foot ketch boat, to take them on their weeks holiday from Lauderdale, Florida, to explore the islands of the Bahamas.
On November 8, 1961, the family boarded the ship and set sail. The captain was Julian Harvey who also brought his wife along. For the first four days, the trip went just as planned.
But things got strange on November 12. With a long day of sailing ahead, Terry Jo decided to go to her cabin for an early night. But she was woken suddenly in the night by her brother’s cries and knew instantly something was wrong.
“I was awakened by my brother screaming ‘Help, daddy, help,’” Terry Jo, who now goes by the name Tere Duperrault Fassbender, told Fox News almost 50 years later. “It was the type of scream that you know that something horrible is happening.”
It turns out captain Harvey, a man with a troubled past, had chosen that night to murder his wife of just four months. It was later revealed that Harvey had not long taken out a life insurance policy on his wife. He intended to dispose of the body overboard and report her lost at sea. But things did not go to plan.
Dr Dupperrtault saw what was happening and intervened, sadly being killed by Harvey. Then in a desperate bid to get rid of any other witnesses to his crime, Harvey murdered all of the other members of the Dupperrault family who had been awake during the altercation. This left Terry Jo sleeping in her cabin below.
Terry Jo appeared on the deck a few minutes later to find her mother and brother laying in a pool of blood. She asked the captain what was happening.