Sole Survivor Recalls Night of Horror

JackieNicole Nasiatka was the only one to get out alive. Now, she is opening-up to our Jacki Ochoa in her first on-camera interview about the night her family was murdered and how the pain continues every day.

Crime scene photos show glimpses of a time that JackieNicole has worked hard to put behind her. She has moved her life from New Mexico to Omaha, fleeing from the man who created her nightmare.

“I never prepared myself for hearing his voice,” she said.

But in October, the nightmare was once again a reality.

“I was the 11-year-old girl, getting shot again," she told us.

After 34 years, Jackie had to face the man who killed her entire family and left her for dead in 1979.

“Doesn't matter if he is 90,” she said. “The man is still gonna scare me."

Cliff Skidgel, her stepfather, is up for parole. Nasiatka returned to keep him behind bars.

She said, “Just when I'm beginning to heal and finally trying to move on with life and I'm just now learning what life really is and now every year I have to relive it over and over again."

September 17, 1979 was the first time Nasiatka's mother called police on her abusive husband. It would also be the last.

JackieNicole said, “Cliff had always told us that if we had called the police on him, he would kill us."

After not pressing charges, police sent Skidgel away but later that night he returned and fulfilled his promise.

“My oldest brother Jimmy started screaming for his life; begging, and screaming. And then I heard several shots."

She remembers everything.

“He got real quiet and then I hear this, ‘Sharon.’ She is like, ‘yes Cliff.’ ‘Sharon, do you know how close you've come to dying?’ And before my mom could answer, I heard the first shot go off. And then I hear my mom hit the floor."

Which is why, every year, Nasiataka returns to her past life in New Mexico - to keep Skidgel behind bars.

She said, “I will be able to stand in his face and tell him you didn't get me because God was stronger than you and I was meant to be here."

She believes if he were ever to get out, he would kill again.

“It's going to be a rest-of-my-life fight," she said.

Nasiatka moved to Omaha 25 years ago after a series of abusive relationships. She says Omaha has been good to her, especially her therapist, who is helping her through the trauma of her family's murders.

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