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 about who the young woman was.
Who was Molly Matheson?
Molly Matheson was the second oldest of four children and the only daughter of David and Tracy Matheson.
While there, she met and briefly dated a man named Reginald Kimbro, who claimed to also be a student at the school.
School records indicate that he was never enrolled.
Molly moved back to Fort Worth, where she attended classes at Tarrant Community College.
She had plans to get her social work degree from Tarleton State University.
Her obituary reads: “Molly had a passion for children, especially those in need, and this passion fueled her desire to impact their lives as a social worker.”
“Children also had a passion for Molly and were drawn to her silly, vibrant, joyful spirit.”
Molly was also a steadfast Christian who went on mission trips with her church and always looked forward to helping volunteer at Vacation Bible School in the summer.
The obituary also said she was close to her tight-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 at her home at 10.25pm, and then departing around 2am.
The next day, Molly didn’t show up for work.
Her worried boss called Molly’s mother, who then called Molly’s neighbor.
The neighbor reported that Molly’s car was in the driveway, and this caused her mother to drive to check on her.
When she arrived at the apartment, her mom found the door unlocked and began to call out for her daughter.
Police also reported that there was fresh laundry done but that even after a cycle through the wash, it contained evidence of a sexual assault.
In March 2022, after five years and multiple court delays due to Covid-19, Reginald Kimbro pleaded guilty to both Molly’s rape and murder and the rape and murder of another woman, Megan Getrum, who he confessed he’d assaulted and killed days after Molly.
The state of Texas is one of 27 states that authorizes the death penalty in such cases, but Kimbro pleaded guilty to a deal that gave him two life sentences with no opportunity for parole or appeals in exchange for taking capital punishment off the table.
Upon hearing the news that he’d taken the plea deal, Molly’s mother spoke with Dallas ABC station WFAA, who she told: “I received word the Wednesday prior that he was willing to plead guilty to all charges in exchange for life with no parole and no appeals.”
“This kind of resolution was really the best resolution … 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 kills.
The episode, titled Wreckage, will be available on NBC at 9pm EST on Friday, September 23, 2022.
Viewers can also catch it on YouTube TV as it airs or on Peacock TV.