FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – A Fort Wayne woman's torment at the hands of a stalker will be chronicled Monday night in a broadcast that will be shown across the country.
21Alive’s Jeff Neumeyer sat down with Dawn Hillyer, who will be featured in a half-hour program airing on the Investigation Discovery Channel.
Hillyer hopes programs like the one airing Monday (Dec. 9, 2014) will eventually lead to better safeguards for women badgered by stalkers.
Hillyer is in a much better place now than she was when Mike McClellan refused to give her a moment's peace.
She broke off their dating relationship in 2005 with no real problems. A year later, as the Investigation Discovery Channel promo illustrates, he came storming back into her life. Out of the blue, in October 2006, she gets a surprise call.
"Was on my way home from a Rolling Stones concert, all of a sudden my phone just started blowing up, it rang and rang and rang, back to back. All these text messages, all from Mike demanding to see me,” said Hillyer.
It got worse, as McClellan relentlessly used electronic gadgets to harass Hillyer with threatening messages, even hacking into her personal computer, sending out explicit photos of Hillyer to her friends, family and business clients.
Last year, McClellan was convicted and sentenced to ten years for stalking, but not until she went through years of suffering before police and prosecutors finally put the clamps on McClellan.
Hillyer now crusades for better protections for women. She hopes Indiana will follow the lead of Ohio and Michigan and implement GPS tracking for convicted felony stalkers.
"One of the questions, and it still scares me to this day, is what happens when he gets out of jail. I refuse to crawl under a rock when he does, but it still scares me every day. I know it's going to come back around,” she said.
Hillyer's case is featured as the season premier of "Stalked: Someone's Watching", which airs Monday, Dec. 9, 2014, at 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery.
Hillyer says she'll also be interviewed on Katie Couric's talk show regarding the issue Dec. 17.
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