National Television Show Films Re-enactment Of Andalusia Attempted Murder Survivor


By Catalina Trivino

If you were driving around Andalusia today, you may have seen people with video cameras -- but it wasn't just our camera crews out -- there's a national television show being filmed there.
It's a story you first saw here on Alabama News Network -- we brought it to you exclusively when a woman shared her story about nearly being murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2011.
We got the chance to share Judy Murrell's story back in May  2013 -- that was the same day her ex-boyfriend was convicted of Attempted Murder and Sexual Torture.

But it's the courage of sharing her story here in Alabama that's helped her cope -- and now she's sharing her story nationally.
Actors re-enacted the attempted murder of Judy Murrell for a television show called "Surviving Evil." It plays on the ID Cable TV Channel -- but the story traces back to a story we aired last year when Murrell told us she was tortured and held captive by her ex-boyfriend, Raul Mariano Del Toro. She says he also shot her multiple times.

"I believe that when I did the first interview with you that maybe I did help one person and I'm hoping that I help more this time and I want to show them you can get out of this," Said Murrell referring to an abusive relationship.

Even Andalusia Police Officers who were part of the 2011 investigation acted in the episode. Assistant Chief, Paul Dean, says re-enacting scenes have been eerie, but he hopes viewers will learn from what happened to Murrell.

"What I hope happens is if there is someone out there, which we all know there is, that's living in domestic violence, that's living in a bad relationship that could result in this similar conclusion... I hope that they see this show and it opens their eyes," Said Dean.

Murrell says watching the scene hasn't been easy. The Dairy Queen parking lot off East Three Notch Street is where she escaped after she says Del Toro kidnapped her to kill her.

Show director, Alex McIntosh, says her story is one of a kind because she lived to tell it.

"For many women... how hard it is to leave these situations. In their own heads, it's hard for them to leave. Judy would say that in the reminants of what happened she found it impossible to leave," Said McIntosh.

But as hard as it was to watch the scenes, Murrell says the impact she'll make to millions of viewers will be all worth it.

"I want to tell my story. And get it out there. There's things you can do to get out of situations and you just got to have a level head out at the time," Said Murrell.
The episode is scheduled to air on the ID Channel in November.

If you'd like to watch Murrell's full story we aired last year, click

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