The police found Reginald Kimbro when they were looking into the deaths of Molly Matheson and Megan Getrum. As the police looked into him more, they found out that he had been accused of some shocking crimes years before and that his attacks seemed to follow a pattern.
The NBC News show “Dateline: Wreckage” is about how Molly and Megan were killed a few days apart and how Reginald was caught. So, if you’re wondering where he might be right now, you don’t have to worry.
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Reginald finished high school in Texas at Plano Senior High School in 2011. After that, he joined the Navy, but was sent home because of health problems. He went to Fayetteville, Arkansas, a lot because that’s where his best friend lived and went to school. There, Reginald went on Tinder and met Molly. At the time, his friend lived with Molly Matheson and another roommate in the same apartment. Even though they were no longer together, they kept in touch. By April 2017, Molly had moved to and was living in Fort Worth, Texas. On April 10, her body was found, and it was confirmed that she had been raped and strangled to death.
The police found out that one of the last people Molly talked to was Reginald. On April 9, 2017, at about 10:30 p.m., he sent her a message. He later said that he had gone to her house that night. Reginald, on the other hand, said that he left because she wouldn’t have sex with him. On April 15, 2017, just a few days later, Megan Getrum’s body was found in a lake near Dallas, Texas. She was last seen on April 14 on a hike in Plano, Texas, at a nature preserve. Later, the police found out that Reginald had been seen in the park the same day. Megan was also raped, and there were signs that she had been strangled.
Soon, it came out that the DNA from both women matched Reginald, which led the police to think he had killed them. The person who killed Molly even tried to get rid of the evidence. Reginald had been accused of sex crimes in the past, which was a scary thing for the police to find out. In September of 2012, a woman went to his Plano home. She told the police that Reginald had first offered her $200 for oral sex, but she turned him down and left. But he went after the woman, told her he was sorry, and asked her if she wanted to go to a nearby park.
The woman agreed and then drove to a nearby school, where she said Reginald had choked her and threatened her. She said that when she tried to call 911, Reginald hit her head and then raped her. He took her to a different school and made her get naked before they left. After what happened, she went to the police, who ran a test on a sexual assault kit and found Reginald’s DNA. But he wasn’t arrested because the only person who was still alive didn’t want to press charges.
In January 2014, a friend found a woman who had been at a house party in Allen, Texas, covered in leaves next to a fence. There were signs that she had been choked and attacked. The woman was raped, and Reginald was blamed for it. When asked, he said he hadn’t done anything wrong, but his DNA was later found on the woman. But that didn’t happen until February 2017. In the mean time, Reginald kept committing crimes.
He met her at a resort on South Padre Island, Texas, in March 2014. She said that Reginald choked her and raped her in a bathroom for women, but he said that the sex was voluntary. In the end, that case, too, was dropped.
Where is Reginald Kimbro at this moment?
Reginald Kimbro was supposed to go to trial in 2020, but a mistrial was called during jury selection before the COVID-19 pandemic pushed things back. Reginald agreed to plead guilty to the two murders and four more sexual assaults in March 2022, when he was 28 years old. For the murders, he got two life sentences without parole, and for the rape, he got a third life sentence. All of these sentences were given in Cameron County, Texas.
Also, Reginald got 20 years in prison for each of the three rapes he did in Collin County, Texas. Four other women said he drugged, choked, and raped them, but they didn’t tell the police about it at the time. But if the case went to court, they were ready to say bad things about him. In the end, the police had a lot of proof that Reginald was involved in the crimes. This included surveillance videos, DNA evidence, and phone records. According to prison records, he is still locked up at the O. B. Ellis Unit in Huntsville, Texas.
Reginald Kimbro’s trial was over before it even started because he agreed to plead guilty to two murders in 2017 and four sexual assaults that happened in four different counties over the course of five years.
Because of how important the plea deal was, video cameras were not allowed in the Tarrant County courtroom on Friday.
Two murders have had guilty pleas.
Kimbro admitted to killing Fort Worth’s Molly Matheson and Plano’s Megan Getrum in 2017. He also admitted to three sexual assaults in Collin County from 2012 to 2014 and an aggravated sexual assault in Cameron County.
Molly Jane Matheson was raped and killed, and Kimbro, who was 28 at the time, was given a life sentence without the chance of parole. Matheson, who is 22, dated Kimbro when she went to the University of Arkansas, but they were not together at the time of the murder.
When Matheson didn’t show up for work on April 10, 2017, her mother found her dead. Matheson had been attacked sexually and choked. Police said Kimbro tried to hide evidence by washing Matheson in the shower and putting his underwear in a load of laundry that he washed. DNA, cell phone records, electricity use, and surveillance cameras all linked Kimbro to the crime.
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Kimbro was also given a life sentence without the chance of parole for the rape and murder of Megan Getrum, who was 36 years old and had never met him.
Getrum went missing on April 14, 2017. At the time, she was hiking at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano. Getrum’s body was found in Lake Ray Hubbard after a few days. DNA and eyewitnesses put Kimbro in the parking lot of the nature preserve at the time the girl went missing. This helped the police link him to the case.
There were violent attacks before the deaths
DNA also linked Kimbro to a serious sexual assault in Plano in 2012, in South Padre in 2014, and in Allen in 2014. Another victim from McKinney came forward while he was being investigated for murder.
All four victims said they were given drugs, choked, and raped. All four women were ready to say bad things about Kimbro in court.
“The women who were hurt by Kimbro’s crimes are very brave to talk about what happened to them.”
Page Simpson, Office of the District Attorney for Tarrant County
In the Plano case, Kimbro got 20 years, in the South Padre case, he got life, in the Allen case, he got 20 years, and in the McKinney case, he got 20 years.
“Reginald Kimbro does both rape and murder over and over again. He used his personality and charm to get women interested, and if that didn’t work, he gave them drugs “said Allenna Bangs, a prosecutor with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. “He talked his way out of every situation until Molly Matheson and Megan Getrum were killed by his violence.”
After Kimbro was arrested for the two murders, other victims found out that his DNA was linked to attacks on them that happened before the murders.
Between 2012 and 2017, Kimbro’s crimes caused two states to change their laws about sexual assault survivors and the data used to track possible serial rapists and killers.
Molly Jane’s Law, which is named after Matheson and was started by her parents’ non-profit Project Beloved, requires police agencies to put information into a database run by the FBI to help find serial attackers.
David Matheson, Molly’s father, said, “It doesn’t change anything and it doesn’t take away the pain, but we’re glad this day has come.” “When the sun rises tomorrow, we’ll be thinking about Molly and these girls.”
On Tuesday, people who were hurt by Kimbro will be able to say what they think about him in court.
Kimbro also gave guilty pleas and gave up his right to appeal
Reginald Kimbro, a serial rapist, pleaded guilty to two murders from 2017 and four s*x assaults that happened over the course of five years in four different Texas counties. This ended the case before it even started. Sources stated that he accepted the plea deal ahead of his trial in 2022 to avoid the death penalty.
Kimbro confessed to killing Molly Matheson, 22, in Fort Worth, and Megan Getrum, 36, in Plano, in 2017 when DNA and other circumstantial evidence connected him to both the homicides. He also admitted r*ping four other women in Cameron and Collin Counties.
As part of the plea deal, 28-year-old Reginald Kimbro was found guilty and given a life sentence without a chance of parole. The conviction came earlier this year in 2022, five years after the murders of Molly and Megan first occurred. He is currently serving his life sentence in prison and will likely do so for the rest of his life.
The years-long investigation revealed some nasty and shocking details about the convicted serial r*pist and now, NBC Dateline is scheduled to revisit the case and crimes of Reginald Kimbro in its upcoming episode. The episode, titled Wreckage, airs on Friday, September 23, 2022, at 9 pm ET.
The lengthy investigations into the murders of Molly Matheson and Megan Getrum in 2017 revealed that Kimbro was previously charged with aggravated s*xual assault in Plano in 2012, South Padre in 2014, and Allen yet another time in 2014. However, none of these instances were registered in the respective counties at the time of Molly Matheson’s murder investigation.
Reginald Kimbro was later charged with all the crimes and was conclusively connected to each victim using DNA and CODIS. In the Plano case, he pleaded guilty and was given a 20-year term, a life sentence in the South Padre case, and yet another 20-year sentence in a third case.
Kimbro was charged in Collin County after another alleged victim reported a s*xual assault that occurred in 2014 during the Fort Worth inquiry. He admitted to the crime and was sentenced to 20 years in the case. Each of these penalties was the utmost permitted under the law.
All the victims who described being “drugged, strangled, and raped” came forward when the cases of Matheson and Getrum surfaced. These women also offered to testify against the serial r*pist in the trial.
“Reginald Kimbro is a serial r*pist and a serial killer. He used his personality and charm to attract women or drugged them when that did not work. He talked his way out of case after case until his violence culminated in the deaths of Molly Matheson and Megan Getrum.”
A Plano woman and an alleged victim of Reginald Kimbro’s crimes, stated that, during their encounter, he strangled her and threw her to the ground before r*ping her. Police revealed that he then instructed her to get into his car trunk. Although she reported the incident to authorities in 2012, no action was taken against the attacker.