In 1986, Cheryl Pierson was a 15-year-old high school cheerleader who was being sexually abused by her father.
"The more I fought, the more violent it got, so at that point, at 15 years old, I just let him do what he wanted to do just to be done with it," she told Inside Edition. The teenager then came up with the idea of hiring another student to kill her father.
She asked Sean Pica to do the deed on February 6, 1986. "How much money would you do it for?" she asked him. Pica asked for $1,000 but received $400. He killed the father on his driveway in Long Island anyway.
"For the first time in my life, I felt safe...I was glad he was gone," Pierson says.
The hit wasn't kept secret for long. Pierson's boyfriend, Rob Cuccio, broke down and revealed the details to authorities. Pierson's story made headlines and even turned into a made-for-TV movie.
Pica eventually got 24 years in prison for manslaughter while Pierson served only 3 months behind bars. Cuccio got probation as a conspirator.
The story has a happy ending. Upon release, Rob proposed to Pierson and they've been married ever since (pictured above). Cheryl Pierson has penned her story in the new book "Incest, Murder and a Miracle."