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Chris Hanney tried to murder his wife Audrey Mabrey by setting her alight: ID investigates

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Chris Hanney was sentenced to life in prison for his brutal attack on his wife, Audrey Mabrey. Pic credit: Florida Dept. of Corrections

Your Worst Nightmare is looking at the callous attack that former NYPD detective Christopher ‘Chris’ Hanney inflicted on his wife, Audrey Mabrey.

Mabrey and Hanney had been living in Tampa, Fl. when their marriage began to hit the rocks. The pair had been separated for a few months, but on November 17, 2009, Mabray decided to stop off at their home for a break following a run.

Mabrey later described how she was greeted by her husband, Chris Hanney, holding a butcher’s knife. He brought her into the garage, where he first tried to rape her before beating her in the head with a hammer.

She was still conscious when he then doused her with gasoline and set her on fire.

Despite her horrific injuries, Mabrey was able to activate the garage door, which led to a neighbor spotting her and dialing 911.

Mabrey was airlifted to a hospital with 2nd and 3rd-degree burns covering 80% of her body. She then spent six weeks in a medically induced coma, and it was months before she saw her children again.

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