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SF Murder Reminds Couple Of 1996 Attack

July 6, 2011, 10:02 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

SF Murder Reminds Couple Of 1996 Attack
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Forty-one-year-old James McVay is charged with killing 75-year-old Maybelle Schein on Saturday and then stealing her car.

He was caught in Madison, Wisconsin where he told authorities he was on a cross-country killing spree to assassinate the President.  McVay was released from the South Dakota State Penitentiary on parole last week after serving time for grand theft and an escape.

Court documents say that McVay entered Schein's unlocked home, attacked and killed her with a knife. It's a similar scenario that played out in another Sioux Falls neighborhood several years ago, only the victims lived to tell about it. 

Fifteen years ago Elwood and Carol Anderson of Sioux Falls came face to face with death when Lee Iver Anderson, the brother of serial killer Robert Leroy Anderson, broke into their home and stabbed them.

An unlocked backdoor was the invitation into their home on September 4, 1996. It's a night they'll never forget.

"It's an eerie feeling when somebody is trying to kill you and you know you're going to die, and we didn't die we lived," Carol Anderson said.

They lived to share their story of a brutal attack that left Elwood Anderson with nearly ten stab wounds, including one in his neck.

"It is a nightmare. I just couldn't put it together and I thought somebody has got to be in here trying to kill me that's all I thought," Elwood Anderson said.

After Elwood was stabbed several times he grabbed Lee Anderson by the neck and Carol Anderson was able to run into the kitchen. Lee Anderson went after her, and when he heard Elwood walking into the kitchen, Anderson took off, and the two were safe. 

"He was scared. He thought Elwood was dead but he was alive, so he got scared off and that's what kept us both alive," Carol Anderson said. 

Fifteen years later the Anderson's are thankful they're still here, but when they heard about the attack and murder of Maybelle Schein they were reminded again about their struggle.

"I thought about it right away what she went through doing that, having that happen to her," Elwood Anderson said.

"Hopefully she didn't have to suffer because it's so scary because you just don't think someone's going to try to kill you, and I'm sure she didn't either," Carol Anderson said.

But their thoughts and prayers go out to Maybelle Schein's family because they know, unlike anyone else, the struggle she went through.

"We didn't know what happened to us but at the same time we both knew we had faced death," Carol Anderson said.

Lee Anderson was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the crime.

Carol and Elwood Anderson say even when they have bad days now, they are thankful they survived the attack and feel fortunate they are still alive.

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