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Looking for Justice at the Scene of a Crime

As a college student, Terri Jentz and a traveling companion were viciously attacked in an Oregon campsite by an axe-wielding stranger who was never brought to justice. Both survived, but were left with physical and emotional trauma.

Fifteen years later, she returned to the scene of the crime and tracked down the man who tried to kill her. She documented her emotional journey in her memoir Strange Piece of Paradise.

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Farai Chideya
Farai Chideya is a multimedia journalist who has worked in print, television, online, and radio. Prior to joining NPR's News & Notes, Chideya hosted Your Call, a daily news and cultural call-in show on San Francisco's KALW 91.7 FM. Chideya has also been a correspondent for ABC News, anchored the prime time program Pure Oxygen on the Oxygen women's channel, and contributed commentaries to CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and BET. She got her start as a researcher and reporter at Newsweek magazine. In 1997 Newsweek named her to its "Century Club" of 100 people to watch.