Another New Times story makes prime-time TV

By John Dickerson

In 2003, New Times' Amy Silverman, now the newspaper's managing editor, penned a gripping account of a husband's abuse of his a quadraplegic wife, who'd already survived one abusive husband -- barely.

Tomorrow, CBS' 48 Hours will retell Heather Grossman's story to the nation. The show airs at 9 p.m. on Channel 5/KPHO-TV.

Heather Grossman

In 1997, Grossman’s ex-husband had hired a hit-man to kill her. The gunman pulled alongside Grossman at a stoplight, pointed a rifle out the car window, and fired. The man she later married, and who wound up abusing her, was in the car with her at the time.

The bullet hit Grossman’s spinal cord, and she’s been paralyzed from the neck down ever since. Grossman then moved to Arizona with the second husband and her three kids. Shortly after the move, he started abusing her physically and otherwise while she sat helpless in her wheelchair.

Five years after Silverman’s story, 48 Hours and People Magazine are preparing to retell the tale -- 48 Hours on Saturday, May 24 and People at an undisclosed later date. will list links to both stories, once they're available.

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