Woman finally goes to prom after being held captive for a decade

Claudine Zap
June 3, 2013

Tanya Kach is owed some good times—including her missed prom.

According to local station WTAE, the 31-year-old Pittsburgh woman, kidnapped in 1996 at the age of 14 and found in 2006, finally got that chance, attending the local Second Chance Prom thrown by radio station Star 100.7 for people 21 and over on Saturday night.

When Kach’s fiancé, Karl McCrum, heard about the dance, he called the station and won tickets for the two of them to attend.

Kach sounded as excited as a high-school senior when describing her preparations for the party. “I got the shoes, jewelry with it, and then I just got the last finishing touches for the hair stuff," Kach told WTAE. "And then," she said with a big grin, gesturing off-camera toward her fiancé, "he brought me my corsage today."

"I would like her to experience everything that she missed. Just because it's a little later in life doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy it," said McCrum.

Kach told WTAE that she was "excited to do something I never got to do and be with other people and dance and eat and have a nice time. It's going to be fun."

She added, "I want to ... show people that even after something tragic in your life, you can move on and try and live a normal life."

Thomas Hose, a janitor at Kach’s school, had held Kach for 10 years in his basement. Currently in prison, he was “convicted on a list of charges and faces more than 100 years in prison," according to the station.