True Crime Journal
On October 13, 1984, a 20-year-old Texas faculty pupil Angela Samota was discovered lifeless in her condominium. The post-mortem confirmed that Samota had been raped after which repeatedly stabbed, dying from wounds to her coronary heart.
Her case went chilly till Samota’s pal and roommate Sheila Wysocki determined to take the matter into her personal fingers.
Whereas watching the O.J. Simpson trial a decade after her pal’s demise, Wysocki seen the rising credibility of DNA testing in courtroom, which was a comparatively new type of proof in trials at the moment.
Realizing there have been blood and semen samples collected from the crime scene, Wysocki saved nudging the police for 12 years to re-examine the proof.
The police initially had acknowledged the rape equipment collected on the crime scene had been misplaced “within the Dallas floods.” Nevertheless, Wysocki refused to surrender on fixing her pal’s homicide and have become a non-public investigator so she may acquire entry to the samples herself.
In response to Wysocki, after twelve years of “badgering,” the police “had been so sick and uninterested in” her that they assigned detective Linda Crum to re-examine the proof.
In 2006, Crum used DNA proof from blood, semen, and fingernail samples to try to discover a match amongst individuals with a felony document.
In 2008, the outcomes pointed to Donald Bess who, on the time of Samota’s homicide, was on parole whereas serving a 25-year sentence for aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping.
Primarily based on the DNA match, Bess was discovered responsible by the jury and, on 8 June 2010, obtained the demise sentence.
To this present day, the killer stays on demise row with no execution date set.
Since fixing her roommate’s homicide, Wysocki has labored on over 100 chilly circumstances and solved not less than 53 of them.