A composite of Wadada

Real Name: Wadada (Last Name Unrevealed)
Aliases: Gerald, Jae-Soon, or Anthony Merris (possible aliases)
Wanted For: Attempted Murder, rape
Missing Since: December 1988


Details: At 4pm on December 8, 1988, 17-year-old Sarah Beard was found beaten and unconscious in her dorm room by her mother Susan, after not hearing her from over a day. Sarah had lived in an apartment near the University of New Mexico where she was attending as a Sociology major. Sarah had been raped and beaten, struck in the back of the head with a hammer approximately eleven times. Three of the blows had caused skull fractures and her jaw was also fractured. She was rushed into emergency surgery and she miraculously survived. At first she was unable to verbally communicate, but she was able to communicate through squeezing her father James's hand. James then went through the alphabet, asking her to squeeze his hand when he reached the first letter of the name of the person who attacked her  Sarah squeezed her hand when they reached the letter "W" and they asked her if her attacker was her friend named "Wadada" and she squeezed his hand again.

Sarah beard

Wadada, whose full name is unknown, was a hangaround at the university; he considered himself to be an artist and often lived and asked for money from various students, including Sarah. Finally, in January of 1989, Sarah was able to speak and give a full account of what had happened to her. Sarah said that on December 7, 1988, she was planning to go over to the university to study for finals when Wadada knocked on her door. Wadada asked to borrow a paintbrush and Sarah told him where it was located. She then said that she had to leave soon and as she was putting her shoes on, Wadada came from behind and put a knife to her throat. He ordered her to take off her clothes and he then raped her. After raping her, he began chanting wildly and made her chant with him. Wadada also told her to apologize for what happened to her. He then struck her repeatedly with the hammer and left her to die. Wadada has never been seen again.


Sketch of Wadada's deformed right hand

He is described as between 5' 7" and 5' 9" inches tall with a thin build. He speaks with an accent that might be described as French Caribbean or Ethiopian, but he is apparently fluent in Spanish. His right hand is deformed; the fingers are crabbed together forming a claw like shape. His right arm is also deformed and he has burn scars on the front and back of both hands. He has listed his birthplace as Guiana. He has previously lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Miami, Florida, and Brooklyn, New York. He is wanted for rape and attempted murder.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 2, 1994 episode.
Results: Wanted
Links: None

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