May 4, 2007 -- Posted at 4:32 p.m. CDT
Jonesboro, AR -- It was a frigid winter night in January of 1994 when Rachael Wiley survived a violent attack.
It was midnight when commotion in her yard startled her and she looked outside.
"I asked who he was and he said 'I am Scott Williams' and he took his mask off. That's the only way if he hadn't identified himself, that I would know that it was him," said Wiley.
Wiley had a pistol pointed at Williams and several other men who were on her property in Lake City.
Wiley was a hairstylist and Williams was her client. She didn't know that casual friendship would almost cost her her life.
"The next thing I know, he jerks the pistol out of my hand and he starts beating me across the head. I could feel the crushing blow and then my head open. I could feel the blood coming down. After that, there was a knife and I shoved the knife through my hand (to protect myself)," said Wiley.
Wiley said she was stabbed over 51 times.
She tried to run from him, but he caught up and the assault continued.
"He started stabbing me around the back and I said, 'Don't get so close you're going to paralyze me.' Then I begged, 'please don't cut my head off,'" explained Wiley.
As daylight broke on that next morning, Wiley was battered and bruised--but identified Michael Scott Williams as her attacker.
He was arrested, charged and taken to jail. He served several years, but has since been paroled.
"It was last night that I saw it and I was on the phone with my sister. I ran to turn up the volume and thought yep, that's Michael Scott Williams," said Wiley, "He did exactly what that boy told he did. When that 14-year-old turned him in, that's exactly what the man did. I believe that boy. I believe that 14-year-old any day."
Wiley fears Williams will do to someone else what she says he did to her.