THE details surrounding a serial rapist and killer from the early 2000s will be unveiled in a television special on Saturday.
Dateline NBC Weekend will air a special at 9/8 p.m. Central entitled The Face of Evil, which follows a story about the murder of then 21-year-old Jamie Glenda Hart in College Station, Texas.
The program features interviews with several victims, witnesses and law enforcement officials involved in the hunt for Ynobe Matthews, a serial rapist and murderer of Hart.
The Dateline Special will effectively trace the steps of the investigation.
Back in May 1999, a jogger in College Station came across Hart’s body, which inquisitors said had been abandoned in a ditch near Old Reliance Road.
Hart had attended Texas A&M University.
The autopsy report revealed that Hart was hit all over the head, leaving her a black eye and significant bruising.
According to the autopsy, she had also been strangled and thrown out of the car while she was still alive.
Hart’s brutal death left College Station residents on edge for some time as police had still not caught or arrested the suspect.
A MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE
One morning in May 1999, Hart’s roommates couldn’t find her.
They called Chuck Cruz, Hart’s boyfriend at the time.
Cruz had not spoken to Hart the night before and did not know where she was.
It was a short time after that Kenny Elliot of the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office discovered Hart’s body after the jogger called her.
“[It was] a young woman who appeared to be in her early 20s,” Elliot said.
“She was naked, she had a widespread rash all over her body. And she’s obviously deceased.”
RECOGNIZE THE DETAILS OF THE HORROR
According to Elliot, officers “thought” that Hart had been sexually assaulted and thrown in the ditch.
Less than a mile away, police found “what are believed to be the woman’s clothes strewn across the entrance to an oil field.”
An abandoned vehicle with its engine still running was uncovered nine miles away.
It had blood on it and Hart’s driver’s license was found inside, Elliot said.
While no fingerprints were found at the crime scene, police discovered DNA during the autopsy.
However, when they entered it into the national database, there was no match.
Investigators eventually found out that he killed Hart.
Unfortunately, locals’ fears following Hart’s murder would not be realized long after, when 24-year-old Carolyn Casey was burned to death in her home in 2000.
However, the autopsy report revealed that her cause of death was strangulation.
This time, some witnesses were able to see Casey leaving a party with Matthews before a 911 call came about the fire and the discovery of her body.
Matthews was questioned by police and eventually confessed to killing Casey.
DNA evidence discovered at the crime scene led to Matthews, and further evidence discovered ultimately linked him to the murder.
Cruz said Dateline Jamie is the “light of his life.”
“I could barely speak when I saw her,” he said.
“She was so pretty.
“It was like when the color came up in The Wizard of Oz.
“I had lived in a dark world and she showed me a world full of color.”
According to Dateline, friends remember Jamie as a loyal friend, funny and outspoken.
“She always told you exactly what she was thinking,” Cruz said.
Matthews was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2004, reports CNN.
He volunteered to be executed.
“Matthews has not issued a final statement,” officials said at the time.
He had previously been convicted of strangling Casey and evidence presented in court linked him to two other rapes and two attempted rapes.
He pleaded guilty to killing Hart at trial and was sentenced to life in prison.
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