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Mystery Doorbell Ringer Comes Forward, Shares Chilling Survival Story

This woman's terrifying story gripped the nation before anyone knew her name or heard her reveal what had happened to her.

America first saw her as a nameless woman who, while wearing restraints and a large tee shirt, rang a neighbor's doorbell late at night.

Her name is Lauren, and her story is every bit as chilling as people feared.

Lauren is 32 years old. She says that one night, she awoke to her 49-year-old boyfriend, Dennis Ray Collins, kneeling on her chest.

He was stuffing some sort of fabric into her mouth.

Her feet and ankles were bound by restraints, and she had duct tape on her head.

She reveals that, at the time, she fully believed that she was going to die.

She says that she tried to cling to hope during the sexual assault that followed.

Lauren says: "I just kept repeating in my head ‘God has more for me than this, I’m not gonna die here tonight,'"

She had been living with Collins for 4 months at the time of the rape.

She says that afterwards, he allowed her to go to the kitchen to get some water — because her throat hurt from screaming.

This, she reveals, is when she saw her chance to escape — and took it.

We can never imagine how much bravery it took her to make that dash for the door and leave.

As natural as the instinct to flee is, there is also a powerful instinct in many people to cooperate with a threat in the hopes of survival. Neither instinct is always right, but Lauren made the right choice.

She says that she flagged down a car, asking the driver to help her — but that the driver took one look at her and sped away.

It was then that Lauren was famously recorded ringing a doorbell. She rang several doorbells.

Lauren explains that she was in fear for her life, but convinced that if someone saw her and made eye contact with her, that she woudl be safe.

In the end, Lauren was able to go back for her car to drive away. It was 3 in the morning, and her chances of getting someone to answer the door were slim.

Again, we cannot imagine how much courage it took for her to return to the one place where she knew that Collins might be.

Lauren drove to safety while the homeowner's whose doorbell caught Lauren on video contacted law enforcement, fearing for this mystery woman's life.

It was five days after the video surfaced that Collins committed suicide.

In his suicide note, he apologized to Lauren — which, obviously, doesn't mean much, considering what he had done to her — and swears that he had not planned to kill her.

"I never would have killed you like you thought," Collins claimed. "I’m sorry for what I’ve done and I wish I could turn back time."

He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Lauren is grappling with powerful emotions in the aftermath of this trauma. She even feels a misplaced sense of guilt over Collins' death.

But, speaking to Inside Edition, she admits that she believe that he would have taken her life.

"I worry if this video didn’t come out," Lauren admits. "And if he were not gone — then I eventually would be."

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Mac Miller: Medical Examiner Says Cause of Death Is a Mystery …

Last week, fans were stunned to learn that Mac Miller had passed away at the age of 26.

Though it was reported as an apparent drug overdose, police did not really find evidence of that when they searched the late rapper’s home.

And now his death certificate has come back … with no real answers for his fans and loved ones.

TMZ reports that the L.A. County medical examiner’s report has come back on Mac Miller, but it’s not giving people the closure that they seek.

Right now, Miller’s cause of death is “deferred.”

That means that the medical examiner is still unprepared to rule on his official cause of death.

Naturally, the office is awaiting the results of Miller’s toxicology panel. We imagine that they will leave no stone unturned as they test for substances.

Unfortunately, that may take a while. TMZ notes that toxicology results tend to take 4 to 6 weeks to come back.

So the world will have to wait until October, most likely, for confirmation of Miller’s cause of death and that much needed closure.

But issuing a death certificate before the toxicology results come back is no fool’s errand — it has a purpose.

TMZ notes that the release of this document means that Miller’s family can obtain the body and make plans to bury, cremate, or otherwise lay him to rest.

It also means that the medical examiner probably did not find anything suspicion during the examination — no odd fractures or ligature marks that might indicate that Miller’s death was merely staged to resemble an overdose.

While the toxicology results will hopefully bring the family a degree of closure, the certificate will allow them to honor his memory and his death.

As we mentioned, police searched Miller’s home, but did not find what you’d expect to see in the home of a man with a substance abuse problem.

Police found only a small amount of white powder, but did not find drugs, pill bottles, or drug paraphernalia.

Reaching the natural conclusion that Miller did not clean his house, then overdose, they came to believe that someone purged Miller’s home of all drugs before police had the chance to do a sweep.

It seems most likely that a well-intentioned friend of Miller’s hoped to avoid awkwardness or embarrassment for Miller’s family and memory.

But, in general, it’s best to let investigators see as much evidence as possible when someone has died.

Miller was last seen alive on the night of Thursday, Septeber 6. He had friends at his home.

He was scheduled for a video shoot on Friday, but was found unresponsive that day, resulting in a 9-1-1 call at around noon.

Emergency responders arrived, but pronounced him dead at the scene.

It is unclear exactly when he may have passed away, but so far, no one has come forward to claim that they saw him alive after Thursday night.

This is heartbreaking for his fans, his friends, and most of all, for his closest loved ones.

Unfortunately, some people had the sheer audacity to blame Ariana Grande for Mac Miller’s death.

These awful trolls claimed that if Ariana had simply continued to date him as some sort of human emotional support blanket, he would still be alive.

Ariana’s responsibility is to live her own life. She dated Miller for two years, but ultimately his substance abuse problems played a huge role in their breakup.

The fact that she moved on and found happiness with Pete Davidson does not in any way make her responsible for Miller’s death.

Miller wasn’t the victim of a breakup. He was the victim of addiction.

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‘Long Island Medium’ Star Theresa’s Estranged Husband Shopping with Mystery Woman

The estranged husband of “Long Island Medium” star Theresa Caputo apparently has a thing for platinum blondes … because he’s got another one by his side. Larry Caputo was spotted shopping with a mystery woman at the Bargain Hunt in Decatur,…

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