Terry Jo Duperrault went through an unimaginable ordeal at the age of 11, when her family was brutally murdered, and she was left to survive on a raft in the ocean. In the book Alone, Orphaned on the Ocean, Terry Jo, now known as Tere Duperrault Fassbender, tells her story with the help of psychologist and survival expert, Richard Logan.
After the gruesome murders took place in 1961, Fassbender received little help in dealing with her trauma. Today she believes she was spared from death in order to help other people and hopes readers will find inspiration in the book.
Tere Duperrault Fassbender lives with her husband, Ron, near the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Her three children and her grandchildren live nearby. She is retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where she built a career protecting the waterways and the near-shore areas from being overdeveloped and altered.