For 11 months, she was known only as an anonymous victim: the 55-year-old woman allegedly beaten, raped and robbed by paroled killer Reginald McFadden only months after his release.
On Thursday, after McFadden was convicted, she made a declaration before a roomful of TV cameras, reporters, family and friends."My name is Jeremy . . . Jeremy Brown. How wonderful it feels to tell you who I am."
While The Associated Press and other news organizations usually don't identify rape victims, Brown said she wants to be known so she can "inspire someone, somewhere to do something positive that they might not have done had I not spoken out about my experience."
McFadden, 42, also is accused of murdering two people in less than three months after former Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey paroled him in July 1994. He represented himself at the trial and cross-examined Brown.
"I was tortured by him for five hours, then I had to let him ask me ridiculous questions," she said.
"My fantasy was that we'd just march down Main Street and burn him and throw rocks at him the day after he was arrested," she said. "I'd like to see him tortured, as I was."
Jurors said most of them reached a guilty verdict on all nine counts within 15 minutes. The jury deliberated for about two hours, including an hour lunch break.
McFadden faces up to 50 years in prison at his Sept. 7 sentencing.
Jury foreman Steven Allen, who went to Brown's post-verdict news conference with other jurors, hugged and kissed her and said, "You were hurt. You were violated. We all felt the same thing."
McFadden served 24 years of a life sentence in Pennsylvania for murdering an elderly Philadelphia woman. After he convinced authorities he had been rehabilitated, his sentence was commuted by Casey on the recommendation of a state review panel headed by then-Lt. Gov. Mark Singel. That became a factor in Singel's defeat in the November election for governor.
When McFadden stood after the verdict to be led away, he turned to Brown and clapped his hands before court officials handcuffed him.
Rockland County District Attorney Michael Bongiorno said McFadden will have to serve his sentence in New York before he is returned to Pennsylvania for violating parole.
"We don't want him going back to Pennsylvania," he said.