On the evening of March 22, 2018, Don Sipple was sitting down for a quiet dinner at his home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, when there was a pounding knock at his door. He opened the door to find a woman on his doorstep who was muddy, bloody, bruised, and shoeless, begging for a doctor. He noticed the word “boy” was carved into her arm.
Sipple brought the young woman inside and offered her a blanket; she told him that she had been assaulted, and Sipple immediately called 911.
The woman was twenty-two-year-old Ezra McCandless, and the events leading up to this moment would eventually land her in prison for life.