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 from her for over a day. She had lived in a dorm near the University of New Mexico where she was attending as a sociology major. She had been raped, beaten, and struck in the back of the head with a hammer approximately eleven times. Three of the blows were strong enough to fracture her skull and jaw. She was rushed into emergency surgery and miraculously survived. At first she was unable to verbally communicate, but she was able to do so through squeezing her father James' hand. He then went through the alphabet, asking her to squeeze his hand when he reached the first letter of the name of her attacker. She did so when he reached "W", they asked her if it was her friend, Wadada, and she did so 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 1989, she was able to speak and give a full account of what had happened to her. She said that on December 7, 1988, she was planning to go over to the university to study for finals when Wadada came over. He asked to borrow a paintbrush and she told him where it was located. She then said that she had to leave soon and as she turned to put her shoes on, he came from behind and put a knife to her throat. He ordered her to take off her clothes and raped her. Afterward, he began chanting wildly and made her do so with him. He also told her to apologize for what happened to her. He then struck her repeatedly with the hammer and left her to die. He has not been seen since.


Sketch of Wadada's deformed right hand

Wadada 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 had previously lived in Santa Fe, Miami, and Brooklyn. He is wanted for rape and attempted murder.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 2, 1994 episode.
Results: Wanted
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