MOLLY Matheson was a 22-year-old student at Tarrant Community College in Fort Worth, Texas when her mother found her murdered in her bathroom in 2017.
Now, five years later, Matheson’s case will be featured on Dateline, sparking curiosity as to who the young woman was.
Who was Molly Matheson?
Molly Matheson was the second eldest of four children and the only daughter of David and Tracy Matheson.
The Matheson family moved from Winter Park, Florida, where Molly grew up, to Texas when she was in high school.
After graduating, Molly attended the University of Arkansas for three years, where she was an A+ student.
While there, she met and briefly dated a man named Reginald Kimbro, who also claimed to be a student at the school.
School records indicate he was never enrolled.
Molly returned to Fort Worth, where she took classes at Tarrant Community College.
She intended to get her degree in social work from Tarleton State University.
Her obituary reads: “Molly had a passion for children, especially those in need, and that passion fueled her desire to impact their lives as a social worker.”
“The children also had a passion for Molly and were drawn to her silly, vibrant, joyful spirit.”
Molly was also a staunch Christian who went on mission trips with her church and always looked forward to volunteering at Vacation Bible School during the summer.
The obituary also said she was close to her close-knit family.
What happened to Molly Matheson?
On April 9, 2017, Reginald Kimbro, Molly’s ex-boyfriend from Arkansas, visited her at her apartment.
Surveillance footage shows him arriving home at 10:25 p.m., then leaving around 2 a.m.
The next day, Molly didn’t show up for work.
Her concerned boss called Molly’s mother, who then called Molly’s neighbor.
The neighbor reported that Molly’s car was in the driveway, prompting her mother to drive in to check on her.
When she arrived at the apartment, her mother found the door unlocked and started calling her daughter.
Molly’s mother found her body in her bathroom, which police say is likely where the killer dragged her to wash away any DNA evidence.
Police also reported that there was clean laundry, but even after one wash cycle, it contained evidence of sexual assault.
In March 2022, after five years and multiple court delays due to Covid-19, Reginald Kimbro pleaded guilty to both the rape and murder of Molly and the rape and murder of another woman, Megan Getrum, whom he confessed to assaulting and killing her a few days later. Molly.
The state of Texas is one of 27 states that allow the death penalty in such cases, but Kimbro pleaded guilty to a deal that landed him two life sentences without the possibility of parole or jail time. appeal in exchange for the abolition of capital punishment.
Upon hearing the news that he had accepted the plea deal, Molly’s mother spoke to Dallas ABC station WFAA, to whom she said, “I found out the previous Wednesday that he was ready to plead guilty to all charges in exchange for life without parole and no recourse.”
“That kind of resolution was really the best resolution… the one we really hadn’t considered.”
When is the Dateline episode, and how can I watch it?
The Dateline episode focused on the five-year investigation into Reginald Kimbro and his serial rapes and murders.
The episode, titled Wreckage, will be available on NBC at 9 p.m. EST on Friday, September 23, 2022.
Viewers can also watch it on YouTube TV as it airs or on Peacock TV.