Episode 29

Jesse Matthew, Serial Predator/Serial Killer

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When Morgan Harrington went missing on October 17th, 2009 from a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Virginia, authorities didn't know there was a predator in the area. It would take almost five years and another young woman to go missing, before authorities find the person who took Morgan Harrington from her friends and family.  

Morgan's Case:
Morgan was a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student when she disappeared. She met up with friends and went to the John Paul Jones arena in Charlottesville, Virginia to attend a Metallica concert.

Around 8:30 PM, Morgan leaves her friends to go to the restroom. Somehow she ended up outside the arena and wasn't allowed re-entry. At 8:48, her friends called her because she hadn't returned. Morgan told them where she was and that she would figure out a way home.

People saw Morgan in the two parking lots of the arena after 9 PM. She appeared intoxicated and had a gash on her chin. The last time Morgan was seen alive was at 9:23 PM. A witness saw her on the Copeley Bridge trying to hitchhike.

Morgan's purse and personal belongings was found in one of the parking lots. Authorities contacted Morgan's parents-Dan and Gil. They immediately knew something was wrong. The search for Morgan began.

Nearly a month after Morgan disappeared, on November 11th, the Pantera t-shirt Morgan wore the night of the concert was found. On it, authorities were able to match Morgan's DNA and the DNA of an offender from a sexual assault in Fairfax, Virginia in 2005.

It would be two more months before Morgan's remains were located in Albemarle County at Anchorage Farms. Several clothing items and jewelry items were recovered at the scene. But Morgan's leggings, boots, underwear and Swarvoski necklace were missing. Her cause of death was ruled “homicidal violence of undetermined origin.” 

Hannah's Case:
18-year old Hannah Graham went out with friends from the University of Virginia ski team on the evening of September 12, 2014. The friends started off at The Fig and then went to an apartment party. Around midnight, Hannah told her friends that she wasn't feeling and was going home.

Hannah texted her friends for the next hour or so. Each text became harder to understand with Hannah's intoxication, and the last text implied she was lost.

Surveillance cameras were able to catch most of Hannah's movements during this time. The footage also showed her approached by an unknown man at the time. A witness later reported they saw Hannah with the man at the man's car--a burnt orange Chrysler coupe.
After authorities viewed the footage, they held a press conference in hopes of finding the man they now knew to be Jesse Leory Matthew, Junior. 

Matthew briefly went on the run and was found near Galveston, Texas, on September 24, 2014. Law enforcement had their suspect, but Hannah remained missing. On Oct 18, 2014-5 years and a day since Morgan Harrington went missing-Hannah's remains were discovered in Albemarle County. Some clothing was found along with the remains, but again items were missing: Hannah's shoes, bra, underwear, and cell phone.

32-year-old Jesse Matthew was charged with both Morgan and Hannah's murders as well as the Fairfax sexual assault. In October 2015, he was sentenced to three life sentences for the sexual assault and attempted murder in Fairfax. In March of 2016, Matthew pled guilty to Morgan and Hannah's deaths and received life in prison without the possibility of early release. 

The cases we discussed this week are solved cases. But Morgan's mother refers to Matthew as the "back to school killer" and thinks he may have attacked other people. We will be looking into some of those cases next week. In the meantime, you can begin to look into Jesse Matthew. We will be giving a more detailed timeline of his movements next week to help with this search.

If you do have any information about possible other crimes committed by Jesse Matthew, please contact us.


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3. Do not contact any family members.
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want to the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.