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    For the very first time, we are hearing directly from the women who were kidnapped and held in a house of horrors in Cleveland for nearly a decade.
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PHILADELPHIA -

It's one of Philadelphia's most notorious houses, the Marshall Street Home where convicted murderer Gary Heidnik kept and tortured six women, killing two of them.

Twenty seven years later, one of the survivors of this house of horrors is telling her story.

'"It was the three most hardest months of my life," she says.

Emotions are still raw for Jacqueline Askins as she returns to 3250 Marshall Street for the first time in 15 years.

"I remember as if it was five minutes ago," says Askins. "Like, he's driving me back up here in his basement."

She's known as victim No. 4 of Gary Heidnik. She was an 18-year-old prostitute working the streets when she was picked up by Heidnik and brought to his house. He raped her repeatedly and tortured her for over three months.

She spent most of her days inside the dug out hole covered in plywood in the basement. The scars from shackles on her ankles still remain.

"For the most of it we was fed human parts, dog food. We was tortured. We had screw drivers drove threw our ears," she recalls.

Two of her fellow hostages were killed. Heidnik forced the others to help dispose of the bodies.

"He took me upstairs and made me cut her limbs off her body and told me if I didn't act right I was going to be like her," she remembers.

In March 1987, the four remaining hostages were freed after one of them escaped to call police.

Heidnik was convicted of murder, and in 1999 Askins was there when he was executed by lethal injection.

"'I thought it would bring me relief," she recalls. "It didn't. I thought it would bring me closure. It didn't."

Askins is now raising three kids and struggling to make ends meet all while coping with the unspeakable things that happened so long ago.

"Everybody needs to know what happened to me because I don't want it to happen to your daughter, the next man's daughter or anybody's daughter," she says.

Askins tells us she decided to go public after seeing the story of three Cleveland women who were freed after being held hostage for 10 years.

She's hoping her story will help other women.

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