Web of Lies S4E6 Script

Love You to Death (2017)

Narrator: THE PICTURE-PERFECT AMERICAN FAMILY...

CHELSEA, I THINK, WAS JUST LOOKING FOR ACCEPTANCE.

...IS NOT AT ALL AS IT APPEARS.

YOU HAVE NO RIGHT!

AND WHEN SOCIAL MEDIA BRINGS TWO WORLDS CRASHING TOGETHER...

SLIDE OVER, RICH GIRL.

[ BEEPING ]

I LIED TO YOU.

...THE CONSEQUENCES ARE CATASTROPHIC...

...TEARING LIVES APART.

IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST SCENES I'VE SEEN.

AH!

OH, GOD, THAT JUST HURT ME SO BAD.

[ CRYING ]

SOMEONE HAD PULLED THE BOTTOM OUT OF THE WORLD.

Narrator: PORTAGE LAKES IS A SMALL UPSCALE COMMUNITY NEAR AKRON, OHIO.

IT'S HOME TO 56-YEAR-OLD JEFF SCHOBERT AND HIS 58-YEAR-OLD WIFE, PEG.

Slabaugh: THEY WERE JUST VERY OPEN PEOPLE, JUST VERY LOVING.

I NEVER HEARD ANYBODY SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT 'EM.

THEY HAD A HOUSE ON THE LAKE, YOU KNOW.

I'D SAY, YOU KNOW, VERY FINANCIALLY, UH, WELL-OFF.

Narrator: THEY LIVE WITH THEIR TWO DAUGHTERS.

THEIR ELDEST IS 22-YEAR-OLD JESSICA.

JESSICA WAS SOMEWHAT SHY. SHE WASN'T ATHLETIC.

SHE WAS MORE BOOK SMART, JUST, UM, REAL INTELLIGENT.

Narrator: SHARING HER PARENTS' PASSION FOR THE LAW, JESSICA IS STUDYING CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION IN ALLIANCE, OHIO.

ALL WORK, NO PLAY?

[ SIGHS ]

[ SIGHS ] YOU'RE RIGHT.

I SHOULD TAKE A BREAK.

IT WAS ONLY ABOUT 40 MINUTES FROM HOME.

SO I WOULD COME HOME ON THE WEEKENDS.

Narrator: THE SCHOBERTS ADOPTED JESSICA AT BIRTH.

SHE HAS A LOVING RELATIONSHIP WITH HER PARENTS.

YOU KNOW, THEY HAD THESE TEXTBOOKS WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE.

I THINK THEY'RE ANTIQUES.

OH, MY GOD, DAD.

MY DAD HAD A LOT OF IDEAS AND A LOT OF ENERGY.

MY MOTHER WAS THE PRACTICAL ONE WHO WOULD TAKE HIS IDEAS AND MAKE THEM HAPPEN.

THE TWO OF THEM WERE OPPOSITES IN A GOOD WAY.

Narrator: FIVE YEARS AFTER THEY BROUGHT JESSICA HOME, THE SCHOBERTS ADOPTED ANOTHER DAUGHTER --

CHELSEA.

Slabaugh: IT DIDN'T MATTER TO THEM ABOUT THE RACE, THE SEX OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

THEY JUST KNEW IT WAS A CHILD, AND THEY WANTED ANOTHER CHILD.

CHELSEA WAS COMPLETELY OPPOSITE OF JESSICA.

CHELSEA WAS VERY OUTGOING, VERY ACTIVE.

Narrator: CHELSEA IS NOW 17 YEARS OLD.

SHE LOVES BASKETBALL AND PLAYS FOR HER HIGH-SCHOOL TEAM.

GOOD DAY FIGHTING CRIME?

I'D RATHER BE HELPING YOU PREPARE FOR SATURDAY'S GAME.

SEE WHAT YOU GOT, THEN, DAD. OKAY.

Narrator: BUT GROWING UP, CHELSEA STRUGGLED WITH HER IDENTITY.

I THINK THAT CHELSEA FELT DISCONNECTED BEING THE ONLY PERSON OF COLOR IN A CAUCASIAN FAMILY.

HOW WAS YOUR DAY?

[ SIGHS ] OH, YOU KNOW.

YOU ALL RIGHT, SWEETIE? YEAH.

JUST SOME BOY WAS BEHAVING LIKE A JERK.

Slabaugh: CHELSEA, I THINK, WAS JUST LOOKING FOR ACCEPTANCE.

SHE WANTED TO BE WITH PEOPLE OF OTHER COLOR.

SHE FELT ISOLATED SOMETIMES, I THINK.

Narrator: SOCIAL MEDIA IS A GOOD WAY FOR CHELSEA TO CONNECT WITH OTHER PEOPLE FROM A SIMILAR ETHNIC BACKGROUND.

BUT THERE'S A DOWNSIDE, TOO.

SHE'S JUST BEEN DUMPED BY HER BOYFRIEND, ERNEST.

THE WAY THAT SHE HANDLED MOST BREAKUPS IS SHE WOULD GET FAIRLY UPSET.

AND USUALLY, SHE WOULD EXPRESS THAT ON FACEBOOK.

SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE ON FACEBOOK.

Narrator: CHELSEA SHARES EVERY ASPECT OF HER LIFE WITH HER FACEBOOK FRIENDS, ALL 4,000 OF THEM.

THEY GIVE HER THE REASSURANCE AND ATTENTION SHE CRAVES.

[ KNOCKING ]

CHELSEA, ARE YOU OKAY?

I THINK I'M JUST FINE.

Jessica: MY MOTHER WOULD ASK ME TO KEEP AN EYE ON CHELSEA'S FACEBOOK ACCOUNT.

SHE HAD HER PHONE WITH HER CONSTANTLY, SO SHE WAS PRETTY MUCH ALWAYS CONNECTED TO SOMETHING.

IS CHELSEA ALL RIGHT UP THERE?

YEAH. SHE'S JUST ON FACEBOOK.

JUST MAKE SURE SHE'S SAFE ONLINE.

[ PHONE CHIMES ]

Narrator: JUST 2 WEEKS AFTER CHELSEA'S BREAKUP, SHE'S BEGINNING TO FEEL A LOT MORE UPBEAT.

[ MESSAGE CHIMES ]

[ MESSAGE CHIMES ]

Narrator: SHAWN FORD JR. IS A FRIEND OF ERNEST'S.

FLATTERED BY HIS SUPPORT, SHE MESSAGES BACK.

Jessica: CHELSEA LIKED AFRICAN-AMERICAN GUYS WHO WERE TALLER THAN HER.

AND SHE LIKED THE HIP-HOP STYLE OF CLOTHING.

Man: ♪ AND YOU WON'T EVEN PICK UP THE PHONE ♪

Narrator: THE FOLLOWING DAY, CHELSEA IS GETTING READY TO MEET SHAWN.

BUT BEFORE SHE LEAVES, HER PARENTS WANT SOME INFORMATION ABOUT HER DATE.

YOUR MOM TELLS ME YOU'RE MEETING A BOY?

WE'RE JUST GOING FOR A WALK AROUND THE LAKE.

WHY DON'T YOU INVITE HIM OVER, SO WE CAN MEET HIM?

DON'T WORRY, DAD. YOU'LL LIKE HIM.

[ GIGGLES ]

Narrator: SHAWN IS TALL, ATHLETIC, AND EFFORTLESSLY COOL.

HE WANTS TO KNOW ALL ABOUT CHELSEA.

AND SHE'S IMMEDIATELY SMITTEN.

SO HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOUR PARENTS TOLD YOU YOU WAS ADOPTED?

I GUESS I ALWAYS KNEW I WAS DIFFERENT.

Narrator: SHAWN IS A YEAR OLDER THAN CHELSEA.

HE WAS RAISED BY SINGLE MOTHER KELLY AND LEFT SCHOOL BEFORE HE COULD GRADUATE.

SHAWN WAS ADVENTUROUS.

OH, GOD. THAT BOY PUT ME THROUGH SO MUCH STUFF.

HE WAS ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING, YOU KNOW.

I GUESS BEING A TYPICAL BOY, FIGHTING, YOU KNOW, GETTIN' INTO TROUBLE.

CHELSEA GREW UP TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM THE REST OF THE KIDS THAT, YOU KNOW, HE WAS FRIENDS WITH.

SHAWN WAS RAISED IN THE INNER CITY OF AKRON, NOT A WHOLE LOTTA MONEY IN THE FAMILY.

CHELSEA AND SHAWN WERE THE OPPOSITE, NIGHT AND DAY.

BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING THEY SAW IN EACH OTHER THAT PULLED THEM TOGETHER.

[ CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS ]

Narrator: IF THEIR RELATIONSHIP HAS ANY FUTURE, CHELSEA KNOWS THAT SHAWN NEEDS TO MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION ON HER PARENTS.

THIS IS WHERE YOU LIVE?

LOOK, I DON'T KNOW, MAN.

HI, DAD. HEY, HONEY. HI, THERE.

SHAWN? YEAH.

NICE TO MEET YOU.

COME IN.

Slabaugh: PEG AND JEFF WERE OPEN TO EVERYBODY.

I NEVER SAW THEM LOOK DOWN ON ANYBODY BECAUSE OF THEIR CLASS, THEIR RACE.

CAN I GET YOU A DRINK? SODA, ANYTHING?

SURE, THANKS.

YOU HAVE AN AMAZING PLACE, SIR.

"SIR"? PLEASE, CALL ME JEFF.

SO WHAT DO YOU DO, SHAWN?

STUDY, OR... NO, SIR -- JEFF.

UM, I JUST FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL, SO I'M LOOKING FOR A JOB NOW. HMM.

EXCUSE ME FOR ONE MOMENT. I'M GONNA GET YOUR MOM.

I'M SURE SHE'D LOVE TO MEET SHAWN.

Slabaugh: JEFF AND PEG OPENED UP THEIR HOME TO SHAWN FOR CHELSEA.

THEY WANTED CHELSEA TO FEEL ACCEPTED AND KNOW THAT THEY LOVED HER.

SHE WAS A BLACK CHILD RAISED IN A WHITE FAMILY.

SO THEY WANTED HER TO KNOW HER HERITAGE AND HER CULTURE.

Narrator: SHAWN WANTS TO SHOW CHELSEA HIS NEIGHBORHOOD, TOO.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS ]

ESPECIALLY WHERE HE SPENDS MOST OF HIS TIME HANGING OUT PLAYING BASKETBALL.

Kelly: HE LOVED SPORTS EVER SINCE HE WAS LITTLE.

BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL AND BOXING.

BUT BASKETBALL WAS HIS FAVORITE SPORT.

COME THROUGH, I'M-A SHOW YOU HOW TO POST UP.

YOU AIN'T GOTTA TEACH ME NOTHIN'.

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD JAMAL VAUGHN AND SHAWN LIVE IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD.

YO, J. YOU OKAY?

YEAH, IT'S FINE.

JUST DIDN'T THINK THERE WOULD BE COMPANY, THAT'S ALL.

Narrator: BUT SHAWN WON'T LET ANYONE MESS WITH HIS GIRL.

EASY.

WHAT'D YOU DO THAT FOR, MAN?

SHAWN DIDN'T TAKE ANYTHING FROM NOBODY, YOU KNOW?

SOMEBODY SAID ANYTHING ABOUT HIM OR ANYTHING, HE WAS READY TO FIGHT.

Narrator: JEFF AND PEG SCHOBERT'S

17-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, CHELSEA, HAS BEEN DATING 18-YEAR-OLD SHAWN FORD JR.

FOR NEARLY 2 MONTHS AFTER MEETING ON FACEBOOK.

BUT SHAWN'S FRIEND, JAMAL VAUGHN, IS NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP.

EASY.

SHAWN FOUGHT OVER SOME OF THE CRAZIEST THINGS, I WOULD SAY.

WHAT'D YOU DO THAT FOR?

IT'S ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT. LET'S JUST PLAY.

Narrator: DESPITE THEIR DIFFERENT UPBRINGING AND THE 9 MILES THAT SEPARATE THEIR HOMES, CHELSEA AND SHAWN ARE CONSTANTLY CONNECTED.

SHAWN WOULD DO THINGS LIKE SEND HER TEXT MESSAGES AT 3 IN THE MORNING WHEN SHE WAS TRYING TO SLEEP FOR SCHOOL.

[ PHONE VIBRATES ]

[ MESSAGE CHIMES ]

HE WOULD BE UPSET IF SHE DIDN'T ANSWER HIM.

[ MESSAGE CHIMES ]

EVEN WHEN THEY WASN'T TOGETHER, THEY WERE STILL TOGETHER, YOU KNOW?

THEY WOULD BE TEXTING.

WHAT COULD BE SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU NEED TO BE ON YOUR PHONE AT THIS TIME OF NIGHT?

Jessica: MY MOM WOULD HEAR THE PHONE GO OFF BECAUSE HER BEDROOM WAS RIGHT ACROSS THE HALL FROM CHELSEA.

CHELSEA DIDN'T LIKE HAVING HER PHONE TAKEN AWAY.

SHE FELT LIKE MOM WAS INTERFERING IN HER LIFE AND KIND OF BEING THE BAD GUY.

Narrator: IT'S BEEN ALMOST 10 WEEKS SINCE CHELSEA STARTED DATING SHAWN, AND SHE'S BEEN SPENDING NEARLY EVERY DAY WITH HIM.

THE EFFECT OF THE RELATIONSHIP ON CHELSEA IS OBVIOUS.

SHE STARTED DRESSING A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY, MORE JEWELRY, FAKE NAILS, THINGS LIKE THAT, TRYING TO BE A BIT MORE TOUGH OR STREET, TRYING TO TALK LIKE SHAWN DID.

SO, WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

MEET A GIRLFRIEND.

NEED ANY MONEY FOR GAS?

NOPE. GOT A FULL TANK.

I'M ONLY GOING TO FIRESTONE PARK.

OKAY. MAKE SURE YOU'RE BACK BY 10.

OKAY. BYE.

Narrator: THE NEXT MORNING, JEFF SEES THAT CHELSEA GOT HOME OKAY, AS HER CAR IS IN THE DRIVEWAY.

HE WANTS TO BORROW IT TO DRIVE TO WORK.

Jessica: MY FATHER WOULD LEASE HIS CARS FOR WORK.

HE WOULD DRIVE OUR CARS SO THAT HE WOULDN'T GO OVER THE MILEAGE AND GET CHARGED.

HURRY UP, CHELSEA.

Narrator: HE'LL DROP CHELSEA OFF AT SCHOOL ON THE WAY.

[ ENGINE STARTS ]

Jessica: HE REALIZED THAT MORE GAS WAS GONE FROM THE TANK THAN SHOULD'VE BEEN GONE HAD SHE ONLY GONE TO FIRESTONE PARK.

WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.

WHERE DID YOU GO LAST NIGHT?

FIRESTONE PARK, A FRIEND'S PLACE.

YOU TOLD ME YOU HAD A FULL TANK.

YEAH, SO?

FIRESTONE'S ONLY A COUPLE OF MILES AWAY.

WHERE DID YOU REALLY GO?

HOUSE PARTY IN SILVER LAKE WITH SHAWN.

I THINK SHAWN INFLUENCED HER TO GO TO A LOT OF THOSE PARTIES BECAUSE SHE WAS HIS RIDE.

A PARTY? HONEY, YOU'RE TOO YOUNG TO BE GOING TO PARTIES.

I AM ALMOST 18.

DID YOU KNOW SHE WENT TO A PARTY LAST NIGHT?

WHO KNOWS WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE SHE'S HANGIN' AROUND WITH.

LET ME TALK TO HER. SHE MIGHT LISTEN TO ME.

Jessica: A FRIEND OF MY FATHER'S WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE AKRON POLICE, WHO KNEW THAT CHELSEA AND SHAWN WERE DATING, WOULD SOMETIMES MENTION THAT GANG ACTIVITY HAD HAPPENED SOMEWHERE CLOSE BY, UH, WHERE SHAWN LIVED.

Narrator: DETERMINED TO KEEP THEIR DAUGHTER OUT OF HARM'S WAY, THE SCHOBERTS TAKE ACTION.

EVERYTHING OKAY?

WE'VE PUT A GPS TRACKER ON YOUR CAR.

YOU DID WHAT? WHY?

SO WE CAN MONITOR YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE.

GPS STAYS, OR YOU DON'T DRIVE.

THEY WERE FIRM.

THEY JUST WANTED THE BEST FOR HER AND WANTED HER TO BE SAFE.

SHE THOUGHT THAT MY PARENTS WERE TRYING TO RUIN HER LIFE.

YOU HAVE NO RIGHT!

LOOK, OKAY, AT LEAST YOU NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT LOSING YOUR CAR AGAIN.

[ LAUGHS ]

SHAWN WAS ABLE TO CALM HER DOWN WHEN SHE WAS ARGUING WITH HER PARENTS.

COME HERE. I LOVE YOU TO DEATH.

Narrator: THREE MONTHS INTO THEIR RELATIONSHIP, IT'S TIME FOR CHELSEA TO MEET SHAWN'S MOM, KELLY.

HEY, MAMA. HEY, BABY.

HEY. OOH, YOU MUST BE CHELSEA.

HI!

YOU KNOW YOU'RE THE FIRST GIRL HE'S INTRODUCED TO HIS MAMA.

SO YOU KNOW YOU MUST BE SPECIAL.

I LIKED HER AS SOON AS I MET HER.

AND, UH, SH -- WAS -- SHE WAS DIFFERENT.

SHE WAS -- SHE WAS REAL SWEET.

I DID, I LOVED HER FROM DAY ONE.

HAVE A SEAT.

SHE WAS HIS FIRST LOVE.

I MEAN, HE WOULD --

THAT'S ALL HE WOULD TALK ABOUT WHEN, YOU KNOW, SHE WASN'T THERE.

MAMA. JAMAL!

HEY.

Narrator: THE FORDS HAVE AN OPEN-DOOR POLICY, AND SHAWN'S FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS DROP BY CONSTANTLY.

TAKE A SEAT.

BUT NOT EVERYONE IS FRIENDLY.

SLIDE OVER, RICH GIRL.

Narrator: A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER, PEG AND JEFF ARE BUSY WITH A SPECIAL EVENT.

THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER, JESSICA, HAS JUST GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, AND THEY'RE HOSTING A PARTY FOR HER TO CELEBRATE.

Jessica: MY FATHER LOVED TO THROW A PARTY.

I THINK MY GRADUATION PARTY MEANT A LOT TO THEM BECAUSE I HAD WORKED HARD TO GET THROUGH SCHOOL.

AND THEY WERE HAPPY TO SEE ME SUCCEED.

HEY, HOW ARE YOU?

THIS IS MY BOYFRIEND, SHAWN.

HEY. HOW ARE YOU? GOOD.

CHELSEA INTRODUCED US TO SHAWN.

AND HE WAS VERY POLITE, VERY NICE YOUNG MAN.

HE SEEMED LIKE HE JUST FIT RIGHT IN THERE, LIKE HE BELONGED THERE.

Narrator: DESPITE JEFF'S WORRIES ABOUT CHELSEA PARTYING WITH SHAWN, HE IS TAKING A SHINE TO HIS DAUGHTER'S BOYFRIEND.

HEY. HEY.

HOW'S IT GOING?

JEFF WAS LIKE A FATHER FIGURE TO SHAWN.

HE TALKED TO HIM ABOUT LIFE.

HOW'S THE JOB HUNTING GOING?

I MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP WITH THAT.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

GOOD MAN.

Kelly: JEFF TRIED TO GET SHAWN A JOB, HELP HIM --

TRY TO TEACH HIM HOW TO WRITE A RéSUMé AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

Narrator: SEEING HOW HAPPY SHAWN HAS MADE THEIR DAUGHTER OVER THE LAST 4 MONTHS, PEG AND JEFF INVITE HIM TO SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH THE FAMILY.

[ LAUGHS ] MM-HMM.

THAT'S QUITE THE LOOK YOU GOT OVER THERE.

TAKES TIME TO LOOK THIS GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT. I SEE YOU.

Narrator: PEG AND JEFF DO WHATEVER THEY CAN TO MAKE SHAWN FEEL AT EASE AND INCLUDED.

THIS ONE'S FROM MOM AND DAD.

Jessica: AT CHRISTMAS, IT SEEMED LIKE CHELSEA AND SHAWN WERE HAPPY.

I THINK THAT CHELSEA AND SHAWN WERE IN LOVE.

I THINK, FOR THEM, IT WAS VERY SERIOUS.

AW, MAN. THANK -- THANK YOU.

THIS IS -- THIS IS COOL. THIS IS COOL.

Jessica: IT DID MEAN A LOT TO CHELSEA, BECAUSE SHE OBVIOUSLY CARED A LOT ABOUT SHAWN, AND HE BECAME A PART OF THE FAMILY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THANK YOU.

Narrator: SEVEN MONTHS AFTER THEIR RELATIONSHIP BEGAN...

CHELSEA HAS JUST TURNED 18.

HER BIRTHDAY WAS THE EXACT SAME DAY AS MINE.

THAT WAS THE ONLY WAY HE REALLY REMEMBERED MY BIRTHDAY.

Narrator: SHAWN IS TAKING HER TO A HOUSE PARTY IN HIS PART OF TOWN.

SO YOU EXCITED FOR THIS PARTY?

YES. [ GIGGLES ]

GONNA TELL ME ABOUT WHAT YOU'VE BEEN PLANNING?

HE WAS VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE PARTY.

THAT'S ALL HE TALKED ABOUT.

HE WANTED TO SPEND TIME WITH HER AND HAVE FUN.

DON'T WORRY. WE WON'T BE OUT ALL NIGHT.

I PROMISE. COME ON, LET'S GO.

THEY WERE A LITTLE BIT MORE RELAXED ABOUT HER GOING OUT THAT NIGHT BECAUSE EVERYONE HAD BEEN GETTING ALONG FOR A FEW MONTHS.

UM, THERE HADN'T BEEN ANY MAJOR FIGHTS.

AND SO I THINK THEY WERE WILLING TO OVERLOOK THE NIGHT A LITTLE BIT.

I CAN'T BELIEVE OUR DAUGHTER'S ALL GROWN UP.

[ SIREN WAILING ]

MY PARENTS FIGURED, "HOW MUCH TROUBLE COULD TEENAGERS GET INTO?"

[ DOG BARKS ]

Narrator: CHELSEA SCHOBERT HAS BEEN OUT CELEBRATING HER 18th BIRTHDAY WITH HER BOYFRIEND, SHAWN.

BUT AS DAWN BREAKS THE NEXT MORNING, HER FAMILY RECEIVED DEVASTATING NEWS.

CHELSEA IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT AKRON'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.

[ MONITOR BEEPING ]

PEG, JEFF AND JESSICA HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAS HAPPENED.

I WAS SCARED. I HAD EXPECTED A CAR ACCIDENT.

AND I KNEW THAT THOSE COULD BE SERIOUS.

MY BEST FRIEND WAS PARALYZED IN ONE, SO I KNEW WHAT COULD HAPPEN.

Narrator: CHELSEA'S INJURIES ARE HORRIFIC, BUT THEY WEREN'T CAUSED BY A CAR ACCIDENT.

SHE'S BEEN STABBED 10 TIMES IN THE FACE AND BODY.

[ BEEPING CONTINUES ]

[ SOBBING ]

SHE HAS A FRACTURED SKULL, SEVERED NERVES IN HER NECK, AND SHE'S LOST MOST OF HER SPINAL FLUID.

DOCTORS SAY SHE'S UNLIKELY TO SURVIVE.

[ SOBBING ]

Jessica: MY PARENTS WERE SCARED THAT THEY WERE GOING TO LOSE HER.

I JUST HOPED THAT SHE WOULD BE OKAY AND THAT WE WOULD FIND OUT WHO HAD HURT HER.

[ SOBBING CONTINUES ]

Narrator: DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS, JEFF AND PEG TURN TO CHELSEA'S BOYFRIEND, SHAWN.

WHAT HAPPENED?

WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR LITTLE GIRL?

A MAN BROKE INTO THE PARTY AND SAID THAT I OWED HIM MONEY.

AND CHELSEA STEPPED UP TO HIM, MAN.

AND HE WENT CRAZY. HE STARTED STABBIN' HER OVER AND OVER, AND I GOT HIM OFF OF HER.

Jessica: MY PARENTS WERE ANGRY WITH SHAWN.

Narrator: PEG AND JEFF HAD ALWAYS SEEN THE BEST IN SHAWN.

BUT NOW, THEIR TRUST IS BROKEN.

YOU PUT HER IN THAT SITUATION! YOU DID THAT!

STAY AWAY FROM HER, SHAWN.

OVER THE NEXT WEEK, THE SCHOBERTS TAKE TURNS KEEPING VIGIL AT CHELSEA'S BEDSIDE.

Jessica: I WOULDN'T HAVE RECOGNIZED HER.

IT BROKE MY HEART, 'CAUSE THAT WAS MY LITTLE SISTER.

AND SHE WAS BARELY ALIVE.

Narrator: INCREDIBLY, 5 DAYS LATER, CHELSEA IS ABLE TO COME OFF THE VENTILATOR.

[ GASPS ] CHELSEA!

[ BOTH GASPING, CRYING ]

HI! [ CRYING ]

WHERE'S SHAWN?

SHAWN?

SHAWN'S WHY YOU'RE LYING HERE.

CAN I TEXT HIM AT LEAST, PLEASE?

HERE YOU GO, SWEETIE. THANK YOU.

Jessica: ONCE SHE WAS ABLE TO BREATHE ON HER OWN, SHE ASKED ABOUT SHAWN A LOT, IF SHE COULD SEE HIM OR TALK TO HIM.

THAT WAS 90 PERCENT OF WHAT SHE SAID.

Narrator: JUST DAYS AFTER NEARLY LOSING HER LIFE, CHELSEA IS DECLARED STABLE AND OUT OF DANGER, WELL ENOUGH TO TALK TO THE POLICE.

[ SIGHS ]

THAT'S HIM. THAT'S JAMAYNE.

Narrator: CHELSEA IDENTIFIES JAMAYNE RUIZ, A MEMBER OF THE BLOODLINE GANG FROM AKRON, AS HER ATTACKER.

[ SNIFFLING ] THE POLICE WILL CATCH HIM.

Narrator: THE GANG HAS A REPUTATION FOR DRUG DEALING AND VIOLENT ROBBERIES.

Jessica: ACCORDING TO SHAWN'S STORY, SHAWN OWED HIM MONEY.

AND HE HAD BROKEN INTO THIS HOUSE PARTY AND DEMANDED THAT SHAWN PAY HIM.

AND CHELSEA HAD DEFENDED SHAWN AND GOTTEN IN THE GUY'S FACE AND MADE THE GUY ANGRY.

AND SO HE ATTACKED CHELSEA FOR BEING MOUTHY.

Narrator: CHELSEA IS PLACED UNDER THE PROTECTION OF AN ARMED GUARD.

Jessica: SHE WAS MADE A PRIVACY PATIENT, WHICH MEANT THAT YOU COULDN'T ACCESS HER WITHOUT A PASSWORD.

THEY WERE AFRAID THAT SOMEONE WOULD FINISH THE JOB.

POLICE ARREST JAMAYNE RUIZ AND CHARGE HIM WITH ASSAULTING CHELSEA.

I GOT WITNESSES TELLING ME YOU STABBED CHELSEA.

AND YOU'RE DENYING IT?

BUT WHEN INVESTIGATORS TRY TO INTERROGATE HIM, RUIZ REFUSES TO TALK.

YOU'LL BE OUTTA HERE IN NO TIME, PLAYIN' BASKETBALL WITH YOUR OLD MAN.

BE OKAY, SWEETIE.

JESSICA, I HAVE GREAT NEWS.

CHELSEA'S IMPROVING.

I CALLED HIM IN BETWEEN CLASSES THAT EVENING TO GET AN UPDATE ON HOW CHELSEA WAS DOING.

DOCTORS ARE TELLING ME WITHIN 2 WEEKS, SHE'LL BE OUT OF HERE. [ LAUGHS ]

IT'S GREAT. I'M ON MY WAY HOME.

MOM'S GONNA STAY WITH CHELSEA.

OKAY, BYE.

I WILL FOREVER REMEMBER THAT I CALLED HIM AT ABOUT 7:35, AND THE CALL LASTED FOR 9 MINUTES AND 37 SECONDS.

Narrator: IT'S 5 A.M., AND PEG IS STILL UP AT THE HOSPITAL... [ PHONE CHIMES ]

...KEEPING WATCH OVER CHELSEA.

JEFF IS AT HOME AND HAS GONE TO BED.

HE HAS NO IDEA THAT HE'S NOT ALONE.

[ DOOR CREAKS ]

[ DOG BARKING ]

LATER THAT DAY, JESSICA IS BACK IN ALLIANCE WRAPPING UP HER STUDIES.

SHE'S BEEN TRYING TO REACH HER PARENTS ALL DAY, BUT HER CALLS JUST GO TO VOICEMAIL.

I WAS STARTING TO WONDER WHAT WAS GOING ON, IF CHELSEA HAD HAD A MAJOR CRISIS AND WHY NO ONE WOULD'VE GOTTEN BACK TO ME YET.

Jeff: YOU'VE REACHED THE VOICEMAIL OF THE SCHOBERT FAMILY.

LEAVE YOUR NAME AND NUMBER, AND WE'LL GET BACK TO YOU.

LOOK, THIS IS THE THIRD TIME I'VE TRIED CALLING.

CAN SOMEONE JUST LET ME KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS OKAY?

A LITTLE VOICE IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD SAID THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG.

[ MONITOR BEEPING ]

Narrator: ELEVEN DAYS AFTER CHELSEA SCHOBERT WAS BRUTALLY STABBED AT A PARTY, HER OLDER SISTER, JESSICA, IS UNABLE TO REACH THEIR PARENTS, PEG AND JEFF.

MEANTIME, AT THE SCHOBERT HOME, A FRIEND WHO WAS DOING SOME BUILDING WORK HAS JUST ARRIVED AND MAKES A GRUESOME DISCOVERY.


DETECTIVE HITCHINGS FROM NEW FRANKLIN P.D.

IS CALLED TO THE HOUSE.

[ POLICE RADIO CHATTER ]

UH, IT WAS JUST --

IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST SCENES I'VE SEEN.

I MEAN, IT WAS BRUTAL.

[ POLICE RADIO CHATTER ]

WE LOCATED A SLEDGEHAMMER THAT WAS LAYING ON THE FLOOR.

Narrator: JEFF AND PEG SCHOBERT HAD BOTH BEEN STRUCK BY THE SLEDGEHAMMER, JEFF 15 TIMES, PEG 19.

LOCAL JOURNALIST PHIL TREXLER COVERED THE BARBARIC CRIME.

THIS IS THE TYPE OF NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE MURDERS JUST DON'T HAPPEN.

THIS IS THE FIRST ONE THEY HAD IN SEVERAL YEARS.

THIS WAS NOT JUST SOME RANDOM BURGLARY GONE BAD.

THIS WAS A COLD, CALCULATED MURDER.

Narrator: IT'S NOT LONG BEFORE DETECTIVE HITCHINGS MAKES AN UNEXPECTED DISCOVERY.

Hitchings: I WAS GOING THROUGH THE PERSONAL BELONGINGS AND LOCATED A BUSINESS CARD FOR AN AKRON POLICE DETECTIVE.

THIS IS DETECTIVE HITCHINGS FROM THE CITY OF NEW FRANKLIN.

I FOUND YOUR BUSINESS CARD AT THE SCENE OF A DOUBLE HOMICIDE.

I DECIDED TO GIVE HIM A CALL.

AND HE SAID, UH, HE WOULD BE RIGHT OUT, THAT HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP US OUT.

Narrator: DETECTIVE MORRISON IS LEADING THE INVESTIGATION INTO CHELSEA'S ATTACK DAYS EARLIER AT THE PARTY IN AKRON.

WHILE DETECTIVE HITCHINGS WAITS FOR HIM TO ARRIVE, HE STARTS ASSESSING THE SCENE IN MORE DETAIL.

Hitchings: THERE'S SIGNS IN THE LIVING ROOM THAT SHOWED SOMEBODY WAS IN THERE.

THERE WAS POP CANS IN THERE.

UH, THERE'S A VIDEO GAMING SYSTEM THAT WAS BEING USED.

AN SUV WAS STOLEN FROM THE HOME.

I APPRECIATE YOU COMING OVER SO QUICK.

SO YOU THINK THE STABBING AND THE HOMICIDES ARE CONNECTED?

WELL, IT'S POSSIBLE THESE HOMICIDES ARE SOME KINDA RETALIATION.

YOU KNOW, I'D TALK TO SHAWN FORD.

HE WAS AT THE PARTY THAT NIGHT.

HE MIGHT KNOW IF RUIZ PUT OUT A HIT.

YOU RECKON THAT THE SCHOBERTS HAD ANY IDEA WHAT KINDA PEOPLE SHAWN WAS MESSED UP WITH?

THERE WAS THIS CONCERN THAT, YOU KNOW, ARE THERE SOME GANG AFFILIATIONS HERE?

THAT RUIZ'S PEOPLE, HIS FRIENDS, HIS FELLOW GANGBANGERS, UH, TOOK UP HIS CAUSE, SO TO SPEAK, AND COMMITTED THIS, UH, MURDER.

Narrator: THIRTY MILES AWAY IN ALLIANCE, JESSICA HAS JUST BEEN TOLD THE DEVASTATING NEWS THAT HER PARENTS HAVE BEEN MURDERED.

HER UNCLE HAS COME TO GET HER.

[ SOBBING ]

Jessica: SOMEONE HAD PULLED THE BOTTOM OUTTA THE WORLD.

I... YOU KNOW, YOUR WHOLE LIFE CHANGES IMMEDIATELY.

AND YOU THINK ABOUT SO MANY THINGS.

Slabaugh: I'VE BEEN IN THEIR HOUSE 100 TIMES.

I JUST COULDN'T IMAGINE SOMEBODY DOING THAT TO SOMEBODY ELSE...

ESPECIALLY THEM.

OH, GOD. THAT JUST HURT ME SO BAD.

CHELSEA'S PARENTS WERE KILLED.

YOU KNOW...

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK.

I DIDN'T.

[ DOG BARKING ]

Narrator: AKRON AND NEW FRANKLIN POLICE COORDINATE THEIR INVESTIGATIONS.

IT DOESN'T TAKE LONG FOR THEM TO LOCATE THE SCHOBERTS' STOLEN SUV IN NORTH AKRON, 9 MILES AWAY.

THERE WAS BLOOD SMEAR MARKS INSIDE THE VEHICLE, CENTER CONSOLE AS WELL AS THE, UH, PASSENGER SEAT.

STARTED LOOKING THROUGH SOME, UH, DRAINAGE DITCHES AND, UH, LOCATED SOME GLOVES...

STOCKING HAT...

AND KNIFE.

WE'RE HOPIN' THAT WE CAN GET DNA OFF OF THOSE TO LINK 'EM TO THE CRIME SCENE ITSELF.

Narrator: POLICE SEND OFF THE EVIDENCE FOR ANALYSIS.

AND THOUGH SUSPECT JAMAYNE RUIZ REMAINS SILENT...

[ CLAPS ]

...SURPRISING INFORMATION REACHES DETECTIVE HITCHINGS.

I LEARNED THAT SHAWN WAS OUT ON BOND, UH, FOR AN ARMED ROBBERY.

HE WAS ALSO OUT ON SOME OTHER CHARGES THAT HE HAD BEEN IN TROUBLE FOR.

SO DOIN' A CRIME, HE --

HE'S OBVIOUSLY DONE STUFF BEFORE.

Narrator: DETECTIVE HITCHINGS IMMEDIATELY BRINGS SHAWN IN FOR QUESTIONING.

I KNOW THAT MR. AND MRS. SCHOBERT FORBID YOU FROM SEEING CHELSEA.

THEY GOT IT ALL WRONG.

OKAY? I LOVE HER TO DEATH.

SHAWN APPEARED TO BE PRETTY RELAXED AND WANTIN' TO HELP US.

BUT, UM, THERE WAS, UH, NO REAL EMOTIONS OUT OF HIM.

I WOULDN'T EVEN SAY HE WAS UPSET.

BEEN IN TROUBLE IN THE PAST.

NOW, WE HAVE CHELSEA STABBED BY SOME GANG MEMBER AND HER PARENTS KILLED.

WHAT'S GOING ON?

I SWEAR, I WOULD TELL YOU IF I KNEW.

MAYBE JAMAYNE'S PEOPLE THOUGHT CHELSEA TALKED AND WANTED PAYBACK, YOU KNOW?

I DIDN'T BELIEVE JAMAYNE HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE STABBING.

I THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS TWO SEPARATE INCIDENCES.

Narrator: HITCHINGS TRIES A NEW LINE OF QUESTIONING.

WHERE WERE YOU THE NIGHT OF THE MURDERS?

I WAS AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE.

Jessica: SHAWN HAD NO REASON TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND I THOUGHT THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE LOOKING INTO THE PERSON WHO CHELSEA HAD NAMED AS HAVING ATTACKED HER.

HEY, I NEED YOU TO CHECK ON SHAWN FORD'S ALIBI FOR ME.

Narrator: DETECTIVES LOOK INTO THE SCHOBERTS' CELL PHONE RECORDS AND FIND A SERIES OF TEXT MESSAGES JEFF SENT TO PEG THE NIGHT OF THE MURDERS.

THERE'S SOME VERY STRANGE TEXT MESSAGES TAKING PLACE.

Narrator: THE MEDICAL EXAMINER ESTIMATES THAT JEFF DIED AT 11:30 P.M., 6 HOURS BEFORE THE TEXTS WERE SENT, WHICH MEANS THAT JEFF COULDN'T HAVE SENT THOSE MESSAGES.

STRANGELY WORDED, POORLY SPELLED WORDS.

IT SEEMED TO THE POLICE THAT SOMEBODY WAS TRYING TO LURE PEG HOME.

Narrator: PEG'S CELL PHONE HOLDS ANOTHER CLUE --

A SERIES OF MESSAGES SENT FROM HER PHONE TO CHELSEA AT 9:14 A.M., 2 HOURS AFTER HER ESTIMATED TIME OF DEATH.

ONE OF THE TEXT MESSAGES, IT SAYS, "I LOVE YOU TO DEATH."

AND THAT WAS SOMETHING VERY COMMON THAT SHAWN FORD USED TO TELL CHELSEA, THAT "I LOVE YOU TO DEATH."

Narrator: AS POLICE WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT SHAWN'S ALIBI, ONE CALL TURNS THE INVESTIGATION ON ITS HEAD.

[ PHONE RINGS ]

DETECTIVE HITCHINGS?

DETECTIVE RICH MORRISON SAID THAT AN INDIVIDUAL WANTS TO COME IN AND TALK TO US, UH, ABOUT THE HOMICIDE.

I'LL BE RIGHT THERE.

Narrator: SHAWN'S FRIEND, JAMAL VAUGHN, HAS SOMETHING TO CONFESS.

[ MONITOR BEEPING ] Narrator: FOLLOWING THE BRUTAL STABBING OF CHELSEA SCHOBERT, AND THEN THE MURDER OF HER PARENTS, PEG AND JEFF, 11 DAYS LATER...

JAMAL VAUGHN, SHAWN FORD JR.'S FRIEND, GOES TO THE POLICE.

SO YOU WANNA TELL US SOMETHING?

AFTER THE HOMICIDE, HE WAS STRUGGLING BY THE VISIONS THAT HE WAS SEEING IN HIS HEAD.

Hitchings: HE APPEARED TO BE VERY NERVOUS.

BUT, UM, HE WAS PRETTY FORWARD.

[ SIGHS ]

HE SAID IT WOULD JUST BE A LICK.

JAMAL WENT TO DO A LICK AT THE RESIDENCE THERE.

AND THAT'S SLANG FOR A BURGLARY.

HE SAID NO ONE WAS SUPPOSED TO GET KILLED.

HE SAID?

WHO WAS WITH YOU, JAMAL?

[ BREATHES HEAVILY ]

SHAWN.

YOU KNOW, JAMAL SAID HE LEARNED WHILE WALKING OUT TO THE RESIDENCE, THAT SHAWN WAS TALKIN' ABOUT WANTING TO KILL THE FAMILY MEMBERS.

SHAWN KILLED THOSE PEOPLE.

IT JUST HAPPENED SO FAST.

Narrator: JAMAL TELLS POLICE THAT HE USED THE KNIFE DETECTIVE HITCHINGS FOUND IN THE DRAIN TO STAB JEFF.

[ BREATHES SHARPLY ]

SHAWN THEN BLUDGEONED PEG AND JEFF TO DEATH WITH THE SLEDGEHAMMER.

JAMAL IS ARRESTED, AND SHAWN IS BROUGHT IN FOR QUESTIONING.

[ SIREN WAILING ]

JAMAL TOLD US EVERYTHING.

YOU DID THIS BECAUSE THE SCHOBERTS WOULDN'T LET YOU SEE CHELSEA?

THAT IT?

Hitchings: SHAWN NEVER GAVE US A REASON WHY HE KILLED CHELSEA'S PARENTS.

WE WOULD ALMOST HAVE TO SAY THAT IT WAS BECAUSE THEY WERE TRYING TO KEEP THE TWO SEPARATED.

YOU KNOW, I THINK HE WANTED TO BE WITH HER.

YOU NEED TO BE IN CONTROL, SHAWN?

YOU FEEL IN CONTROL NOW?!

IT WASN'T SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN LIKE THIS.

Narrator: SHAWN CONFESSES THAT AFTER MURDERING JEFF, HE THEN USED HIS PHONE TO TEXT PEG.

JEFF'S PHONE WAS TAKEN OVER BY SHAWN TO LURE PEG HOME.

AND THAT LURE WAS -- WAS A TRAP, BASICALLY, FOR HER KILLING.

Hitchings: SHAWN FINALLY ADMITTED TO EVERYTHING.

I DID IT.

THAT HE WAS THE ONE WHO COMMITTED THESE HOMICIDES WITH THE SLEDGEHAMMER.

AT FIRST, I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT, THAT HE HAD --

THAT HE HAD DONE IT.

WHEN I HEARD THAT HE HAD CONFESSED, UM, IT WAS A LOT TO PROCESS.

DON'T TELL CHELSEA.

HIS MAIN WORRY AT THE END OF IT WAS, "IS CHELSEA OKAY?"

AND DID SHE KNOW ABOUT THIS?

I DON'T THINK HE WAS GRASPING THAT IT WAS GONNA BE OVER BETWEEN HIM AND CHELSEA NO MATTER WHAT.

Narrator: AFTER SHAWN IS CHARGED WITH THE MURDERS OF JEFF AND PEG SCHOBERT, CHELSEA MAKES A SHOCKING CONFESSION OF HER OWN.

I LIED TO YOU.

IT WASN'T JAMAYNE WHO STABBED ME.

AND I WISH I HAD TOLD YOU AND MOM AND DAD.

[ CRYING ]

BUT IT WAS SHAWN.

IT WAS SHAWN WHO STABBED ME.

[ SOBBING ]

I WAS IN A LITTLE BIT OF DISBELIEF THAT SHE HADN'T TOLD ANYONE BEFORE THEN.

WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY ANYTHING?

[ SOBBING ]

Narrator: SHAWN HAD BEEN MANIPULATING CHELSEA...

CAN I TEXT HIM AT LEAST?

...EVEN WHEN HE HAD BEEN BANNED FROM SEEING HER IN THE HOSPITAL.

[ CRIES ]

[ CRYING ]

THE NIGHT OF THE PARTY, CHELSEA REFUSED TO HAVE SEX WITH SHAWN, AND HE ATTACKED HER IN A FIT OF RAGE.

[ SOBBING CONTINUES ]

NO... NO...

Jessica: SHE MIGHT HAVE BEEN AFRAID OF HIM BECAUSE OF WHAT HE'D DONE TO HER.

[ SOBBING CONTINUES ]

I THINK...

THE VICTIMS OF ABUSE NEED TO KNOW THAT IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT.

AND THEY NEED TO GET HELP.

THEY NEED TO TELL SOMEBODY RIGHT AWAY.

Narrator: ON FEBRUARY 6, 2015, JAMAL VAUGHN PLEADS GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED MURDER.

HE IS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON.

SHAWN FORD JR.

IS FOUND GUILTY AND SENTENCED TO DEATH.

Kelly: ONE NIGHT DESTROYED SO MANY LIVES.

THERE'S ALWAYS CONSEQUENCES, ALWAYS.

Trexler: THIS WAS A RELATIONSHIP THAT STARTED ON FACEBOOK, BUT ENDED UP IN THE CRIME BOOKS.

Narrator: THOUGH CHELSEA SCHOBERT IS LUCKY TO HAVE ESCAPED WITH HER LIFE, SHE HAS PERMANENT DAMAGE TO HER SPINE AND WILL BE EMOTIONALLY SCARRED FOREVER.

Jessica: SHAWN HURT HER BADLY, TOO, AND ALMOST KILLED HER.

BUT IF SHE TOLD THE TRUTH, THEN SHAWN WOULD'VE BEEN ARRESTED AND MOM AND DAD MIGHT STILL BE HERE.

SHE WAS A BATTERED GIRLFRIEND, AND SHE WAS AFRAID OF SHAWN FORD.

Jessica: EVERYDAY THINGS THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT, THINGS THAT PARENTS ARE ALWAYS THERE FOR, SPECIFICALLY WHEN WE GO SOMEWHERE, FRIENDS AND I, THEY ALWAYS HAVE TO, UH, CHECK IN WHEN THEY GET THERE.

AND, UH, I DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THOSE CALLS ANYMORE.

AND I WISH I DID BECAUSE, UH, THAT WOULD MEAN THAT THERE WAS SOMEONE WAITING TO KNOW THAT I GOT THERE.

YOU KNOW, I WAS ONLY 23 AT THE TIME.

SO ANY MILESTONES THAT COME ALONG AFTER THAT POINT, UH, THEY WON'T -- THEY WON'T SEE.

I JUST MISS HAVING THEM HERE.