Lying bloodied and battered on her own doorstep, Delia Balmer was convinced she was exhaling her final breaths.
Moments earlier, her ex-boyfriend was hacking at her body with a wooden axe and a rusty knife before leaving her for dead.
Sadistic John Sweeney had already butchered a former girlfriend, before dumping her remains in a canal.
And after his attempted murder of Delia, he went on to kill another girlfriend, before chopping her body into more than a dozen pieces, while on the run from police.
Detectives have still not located the whereabouts of three other women who had a relationship with Sweeney, fearing they, too, may have met the same grisly fate.
Against all odds, Delia survived the frenzied attack.
But she doesn’t see herself as the lucky one. In fact, she wishes she was dead too.
“As far as I’m concerned, I have died,” she says.
Gesturing at her body, she adds: “This is not me.