I am in awe. While I can totally believe that whatever you said didn't come out as desired due to the sheer suddenness of it.... the fact is that you DID confront him. That he saw you arent afraid. He saw you walk into the prison and then walk out of it. What did you have for dinner that night, btw? Bet it was better than his. Is your pillow soft?
His story ended a long time ago - you still have plenty of time to turn yours around.
And the kids of that girl you saved will never have his darkness or that of his prison cell between themselves and the sun.
"Don't think it hasn't been a little slice of heaven just because it hasn't!" --Bugs Bunny