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Shelly Daugherty Ratliff and Edward Junior Ratliff

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Greensboro criminal case will be featured on a new TV show focusing on true stories of victims who have overcome their attackers.

The season finale of “Surviving Evil” focuses on the attempted homicide case of Tabitha Sells and Christy Carroll.

It airs at 10 p.m. Wednesday on Investigation Discovery, a television network that features documentary-style programs that deal with true crimes.

“Surviving Evil” debuted this year. Discovery officials described the show as “an empowering and inspiring look at true-crime stories in which the victim turns the table on their assailant in order to stay alive.”

Tabitha Sells was working at an automobile glass repair shop in Greensboro on Sept. 18, 2004, when she was attacked by her manager and his wife.

The victim was beaten with a bat and threatened with a gun. She was forced into the trunk of a car with a co-worker and was freed after the car crashed during a police chase.

Shelly Daugherty Ratliff and Edward Junior Ratliff pleaded guilty in 2005 to conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Both are currently serving time in prison. Shelly Ratliff is projected to be released by Oct. 3, 2024 and Edward Ratliff by Oct. 8, 2030.

TV officials said the episode will feature interviews with both victims, along with two Greensboro police detectives, Det. Michael Terry and Det. Marc Gonzalez.

Investigation Discovery’s description of the episode is posted below:

“It is a normal business day for cousins Tabitha Sells and Christy Carroll, who worked together at an auto shop in Greensboro, when they become the unsuspecting targets of a colleague’s insanely jealous wife. Shelly Ratcliffe leads a grisly attack on the cousins, who sustain life-threatening injuries. Together, they overcome the harrowing attack.”

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