Southern Nightmare: The Hunt for the South Side Strangler

Episode 9: The DNA Legacy

July 24, 2018

In 1989, stay-at-home mom Debbie Smith was abducted from her Virginia home and raped by a masked assailant while her police officer husband was fast asleep in their bedroom. Was history starting to repeat itself?  Or this time, would law enforcement be able to prevent another South Side Strangler-style tragedy? 

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