Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Author Spotlight: Eight Days of Darkness by Angela Roegner and Anita Wooldridge

Kidnapping and rape victim Anita Wooldridge began seeing licensed social worker Angela Roegner in 2002, four years after her traumatic abduction and eight days of abuse.

Eight years later, Anita is sharing her story with the world.

In her new book, Eight Days in Darkness: The True Story of the Abduction, Rape, and Rescue of Anita Wooldridge, Roegner, with the help of Wooldridge, recalls the horrific events of Wooldridge’s abduction and the faith that helped keep her alive.

Adapted from journals Woodridge wrote as part of her healing process and several years of therapy with Roegner, Eight Days of Darkness recounts in graphic detail the summer day that Woodridge was abducted from her parents’ home and the eight days that her abductor held her captive in a metal box, beat and raped her.

A native of Indiana, Angela Roegner received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Purdue University in 1997, and a master’s in social work from Indiana University in 1999. Roegner works as a licensed clinical social worker at Family Psychiatric Center and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Roegner has served as a CASA and Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer and currently lives in Kokomo, Indiana with her husband and their three children.

Anita Wooldridge serves as a victim’s advocate on the Howard County Community Corrections Advisory Board in Kokomo, Indiana. She is an active member in her local church where she leads the youth group and runs the church food pantry.

Wooldridge’s story has been featured on “FBI Files.” First airing in 1999, “FBI Files: Evil Intent” is still available for viewing today. She travels to conferences across the country to tell her story and to educate law enforcement agencies on the elements of her own successful rescue case. Wooldridge currently lives in
Kokomo, Indiana, where she is a full-time nursing student at Ivy Tech.

To learn more about the authors and their book, please visit


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