Mother says husband 'tried to execute her' in machete attack

Mother, 31, who tried to leave her husband after years of mental and physical abuse reveals he ‘tried to execute her’ in horrifying machete attack within earshot of their two children that left her blind in one eye

  • Meghan Moss, 31, from Vancouver was attacked by her now estranged husband 
  • Made the decision to leave him after years of alleged mental and physical abuse 
  • But Samuel Laughlin horrifically attacked her with a machete in June 2019

A brave mother has shared how she survived her husband’s horror machete attack that left her face permanently disfigured and blind in one eye.

Meghan Moss, 31, from Vancouver, Washington, was attacked by her now estranged husband Samuel Laughlin, 31, in June 2019 after she made the difficult decision to leave him after years of alleged mental and physical abuse.

The mother-of-two suffered multiple critical and lifelong injuries after her husband of nine years horrifically attacked her with a machete in their home while their two children, Gabriel, eight, and Gwendolyn, 10 months, were upstairs.

Meghan is now sharing her harrowing tale for the first time to help raise awareness about domestic violence.

Laughlin faced Clark County Superior Court, Vancouver, in June 2019 and was later sentenced to 15 years and nine months in jail for attempted murder.

Meghan Moss, 31, from Vancouver, Washington, was attacked by her now estranged husband Samuel Laughlin (pictured together), 31, in June 2019 after she made the difficult decision to leave him after years of alleged mental and physical abuse


The mother-of-two (pictured after the attack) suffered multiple critical and lifelong injuries after her husband of nine years horrifically attacked her with a machete in their home while their two children, Gabriel, eight, and Gwendolyn, 10 months, were upstairs 

Meghan, a full-time secretary and part-time artist said: ‘Samuel and I had been together since we were 13, and were married for nine years at the time of the attack.

‘I never thought he was capable of anything beyond just hitting me and at that point, I could handle that.

‘When I got home, I was just honest with him and said that I didn’t like being in the relationship anymore, the last thing I remember telling him was that I wanted to be happy.

‘He grabbed the machete off the rocking chair behind him and I put my right hand up to protect my head, it almost completely severed three of my fingers.

‘He kept telling me to lay down, but I didn’t as I was so hyper-focused on my hand and needing to get to the hospital. I realised after the fact that he wanted me to lay down not because he was trying to help me but was because he was trying to execute me.

‘When I refused to lay down, he circled around to my left side and he hit me in my face, that’s the scar from my forehead to my jaw, this damaged my eye and made me fall over.

Meghan (pictured before the attack) is now sharing her harrowing tale for the first time to help raise awareness about domestic violence

Laughlin faced Clark County Superior Court, Vancouver, in June 2019 and was later sentenced to 15 years and nine months in jail for attempted murder. Pictured, Meghan and her son Gabriel dressed as pirates

Meghan (pictured with her ex-husband in 2008), a full-time secretary and part-time artist said: ‘Samuel and I had been together since we were 13, and were married for nine years at the time of the attack.’

‘He then hit me two more times in the back of my head, and I think it was one of those swings where the machete had lodged into my shoulder.’

Following the brutal attack, Meghan was required to go through five surgeries after receiving multiple injuries.

These included three partially amputated fingers on her right hand, facial and orbital bone fractures, damage to the optic nerve and muscle resulting in permanent blindness of her left eye.

She also suffered a loss of scalp on the back of her head which required a skin graft to be taken from her thigh and a severe laceration to the shoulder.

Laughlin faced Clark County Superior Court in June 2019 and was later sentenced to 15 years and nine months in jail for attempted murder – and with this, Meghan and her children were granted a permanent no-contact order.

She said: ‘There is a permanent no-contact order for me, so for the remainder of our lives we cannot communicate with each other which was something that I said I absolutely wanted.


Following the brutal attack, Meghan (pictured) was required to go through five surgeries after receiving multiple injuries

These included three partially amputated fingers on her right hand (pictured), facial and orbital bone fractures, damage to the optic nerve and muscle resulting in permanent blindness of her left eye

She also suffered a loss of scalp on the back of her head (pictured) which required a skin graft to be taken from her thigh and a severe laceration to the shoulder 


An X-ray of Meghan’s hand, pictured left, and a scan of Meghan’s skull with the metal plates marked, pictured right

‘Fifteen years was very generous for him, but I’m happy as long as he is in prison for the duration of our children’s lives.

‘Once they’re legally adults then it’s their decision on what they want to do with this information, but I don’t want him in their lives when they’re kids.

‘The judge told him that every time I look in the mirror, I’m going to be reminded of what he’s done.

‘At one point I was just sobbing, probably the most ugly cry in my entire life and I just gave the judge a thumbs up so I could communicate “thank you”.’

Meghan took to TikTok in 2021 to tell her story of survival in an upbeat manner and has been labelled a ‘queen’ for refusing to give up.

Laughlin faced Clark County Superior Court in June 2019 and was later sentenced to 15 years and nine months in jail for attempted murder – and with this, Meghan (pictured) and her children were granted a permanent no-contact order

Meghan and her son Gabriel, pictured together. Meghan took to TikTok in 2021 to tell her story of survival in an upbeat manner and has been labelled a ‘queen’ for refusing to give up

She said: ‘When people ask me what happened to my face I bluntly say, “oh, my husband attacked me with a machete.”

‘I always like making people feel a little uncomfortable and don’t have much of a filter when it comes to that stuff. It used to be a lot harder to say and then over time I just said you know it is just a crazy situation.

‘People don’t live from this very often so, saying that I was attacked by a machete is just as unbelievable as saying I was attacked by a leopard.

‘That’s how I handle what happened, dark humour has helped with my recovery tremendously.

‘In a really weird way, I’m not as upset as I used to be, I definitely don’t want to be a part of his life and I think he deserves everything he gets, but I’ve gained a large amount of confidence from standing up for myself.’

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