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'I did not intend to kill anyone': ND murderer Neugebauer sends rare email to then-girlfriend from prison

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NORTH DAKOTA—One of the North Dakota's most unsettling crimes is the murder of the Neugebauer family in Menoken.

That night, 25-years ago,15-year old Michael Neugebauer shot his father, mother, sister and brother, all this after allegations of ongoing abuse in the home.

Wednesday night, Michael's "then-girlfriend" Jackie Hieb spoke for the first time on camera, about the events leading up to the shootings.

WATCH PART 1 OF THIS STORY HERE: He murdered his family at age 15. Now, his then-girlfriend speaks out about it on camera for the first time.

Now, what happened after and rare footage of Michael in prison 23-years ago.

On top of a wind swept hill in Bismarck, the gravestone of the Neugebauer family; Ronald, Maureen, children Michelle and Ryan.

The only survivor, Michael, sits in prison in Bismarck, he is now 42.

It was on the family farm, 25-years ago, that the 15-year old, who alleged abuse, shot his entire family, in January of 1992.

Following the murders, Michael Neugebauer drove around in his mother's car, come sunrise, he came to Bismarck, to the high school and found Jackie.

"And he walked up to my locker and said, we are running away and I said, okay, I was never scared of him," said Jackie.

Neugebauer's then girlfriend, Jackie Hieb, got in the car headed out with Michael.

"I knew something happened, he was beat up, a typical night, always chaos," said Jackie.

Thinking they were running away, it all changed at a Wisconsin motel.

WATCH PART 1 OF THIS STORY HERE: He murdered his family at age 15. Now, his then-girlfriend speaks out about it on camera for the first time.

"We got up to the hotel room and he is frantic, and he said he killed his family and he threw me on the bed and got on top of me and I asked 'Am I next' and he said, 'you read my mind,'" said Jackie.

In fact, Jackie reveals she is lucky to be alive today.

"In fact after he killed his family, he went to my house because he was going to kill me," said Jackie.

A nationwide manhunt for the two was underway as they drove cross country, but they were finally caught in Florida.

"I heard a boom and then, 'Neugebauer, we know you are in there, come out,'" said Jackie.

Michael Neugebauer was arrested in Florida, and brought back to North Dakota, where the teenager was convicted and sent to prison, Jackie faced no charges, but life got complicated.

"After everything happened, it was all such a whirlwind, I was thrown into the psych ward for months, then a group home and then foster care," said Jackie.

Jackie says she would try to move on from the nightmare, but....

"There were a couple times where I contemplated taking my life," said Jackie, "I felt like I had this icky secret (the abuse) all the time. Knowing the truth of what happened and wishing I could have fixed it, I had a lot of blame on myself, a lot of different emotions. Every day that I battled, not a day i don't wake up and think about the family."

WATCH PART 1 OF THIS STORY HERE: He murdered his family at age 15. Now, his then-girlfriend speaks out about it on camera for the first time.

25-years after the murders, Michael is still in prison, over the years, he has been moved, now back in Bismarck he told us years ago.

"I was abused physically and sexually. For years and I just, never said anything about it to anybody," said Michael in 1994.

It was the abuse that drove him to kill his father's physical abuse and sister's sexual abuse, a sister who authorities charged with the crime for incidents outside the Neuegebauer family.

"After that anyway it would have been better if I had been killed, I wouldn't have had to go through all the s#*t I went through in the last two or three years, a lot easier I think," said Michael in 1994.

Today the prison won't allow interviews with him, but he (Michael) emailed this to Jackie Hieb:

"I hate what I did and how it hurt so many people. I think what my family missed out on in life, because I took it away. I am the one responsible and me alone. I picked up the gun to help me get away from the hell I was going through and living in. I did not intend to kill anyone, if I saw how things ended, I never would have done it," said Jackie, reading the email from Michael.

Prosecutors maintain Neugebauer deserves to be where he is at; in prison for killing four people.

WATCH PART 1 OF THIS STORY HERE: He murdered his family at age 15. Now, his then-girlfriend speaks out about it on camera for the first time.

Jackie maintains the system designed to protect abused children, failed Michael.

"Mike is responsible for pulling the trigger, but it is a domino effect, if he would have been taken out of that home when he should have been, his dad got help, I know they would have been alive and that is what I live with every single day of my life," said Jackie.

The Neugebauer case sparked changes in North Dakota.

No longer can juveniles be sentenced to life without parole.

It also resulted in more awareness about mandatory reporting of child abuse.

If you are a victim of abuse, Abused Adult Resource Center or Rape and Abuse Crisis Center could help you.

WATCH PART 1 OF THIS STORY HERE: He murdered his family at age 15. Now, his then-girlfriend speaks out about it on camera for the first time.