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Victim of serial sex offender charged in Brittanee Drexel’s death recalls 1983 horror

One of the victims of a career sex offender who was busted in the murder of missing upstate New York teen Brittanee Drexel described how she feared her life when he abducted her in 1983.

Raymond Moody kidnapped Kerri Harding, now 48, from a playground in Vallejo, California, then assaulted and abused her over several hours inside his car, the US Sun reported.

“I for sure thought he was going to kill me,” Harding told the news outlet after Moody was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the death of Drexel, 17, of Rochester.

“I feel like had I not managed to persuade him to let me out of his car to go to the bathroom, I never would’ve made it out alive,” Harding told the US Sun in an emotional interview.

She described how the man accosted her when she was 8 years old and warned her not to walk across a parking lot at her school “because they’re working on the fence.”

She ignored him because she had been warned not to speak with strangers and continued walking — but then realized he had been telling the truth about the work.

Raymond Moody was convicted of kidnapping and raping seven girls under the age of 14, including Kerri Harding, and sentenced to 42 years, but was released in 2004.
South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division

But after she turned back, he unlocked his car door and whisked her inside.

“Everything happened in the blink of an eye. He had me in his car and had driven away within seconds,” Harding told the outlet, describing how he held her head down as he drove.

The terrified girl asked the sicko where he was taking her.

Kerri Harding.
In 1983, Kerri Harding was kidnapped, assaulted and abused by Raymond Moody over several hours inside his car.
Facebook/Kerri Harding

“‘You’re too little to be out here by yourself. I’m taking you to the police station,’” she said he answered, but instead drove her to a deserted site about three miles from her home.

“‘Has anyone told you, you have a beautiful body?’” she said he then asked, adding, “‘Let’s get into the back, we’re going to screw.’”

Kerri Harding is seen aged 8.
Kerri Harding at age 8.
Facebook/Kerri Harding

“I was 8, I didn’t even know what he meant, so at that point I didn’t realize what was going to happen until it happened — and it was horrific,” Harding told the US Sun about the horrific rape.

“Eventually he agreed to let me go to the bathroom,” she told the outlet. “And so he opened the back door and told me to squat right next to the car while he gripped onto my hair.”

“When I squatted down, a pool of blood came pouring out of me and just got bigger and bigger. When he saw it, he briefly let go of my hair and I just took off running,” Harding added.

A few months later, Harding said, she suddenly remembered a distinctive sticker she had seen on the rear bumper of her captor’s vehicle.

Raymond Moody.
Raymond Moody was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the death of Brittanee Drexel.
Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office via AP

“That green sticker was required on any car that needed to get onto the naval base in the town,” Harding said. “The minute I remembered that sticker, the police found him and arrested him the next day.”

Moody was convicted of kidnapping and raping seven girls under the age of 14, including Harding, and sentenced to 42 years behind bars.

He was released in 2004 after serving half the term.

In 2009, he allegedly abducted and strangled Drexel on her spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, then buried her body the next day.

The investigation led police to an area in Georgetown County where Drexel’s body was believed to be buried. Her remains were identified through dental records and DNA testing, police said.

“To the Drexel family, we mourn with you and pray for you as you cope with the tragedies of 13 years ago,” Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver said Monday.

“No one deserves to go through this and our hearts go out to you. Our only hope is that this finding allows your family to grieve properly for Brittanee,” he added.

Brittanee Drexel.
Raymond Moody allegedly abducted and strangled Brittanee Drexel while she was on spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Myrtle Beach Police Department via AP
Brittanee Drexel.
Drexel was 17 and from Rochester, New York.
Myrtle Beach Police Department via AP

Harding said the 62-year-old fiend’s arrest “definitely digs up a lot of old demons.

“I guess I just really can’t wrap my brain around how he ever was released early. He had a 42-year sentence and he did 21 years — 21 years for raping seven girls,” she told the Sun.

“He should’ve never been given the chance to hurt another child … that’s what hurts me so deeply because Brittanee would still be with us today if he was kept behind bars,” Harding said.

“We need to put this monster where he belongs … in a grave,” she added.


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