Reginald Kimbro, a convicted murderer, and serial r*pist, was found guilty of murdering two women in North Texas. Kimbro filed a guilty plea earlier this year, admitting to the r*pes and murders of Molly Matheson, 22, and Megan Getrum, 36, in April 2017. The plea agreement allowed him to avoid the death sentence. Instead, he was condemned to life in jail with no chance of release.
The verdict, however, was received with condemnation, particularly from the victims’ families, who also chastised law enforcement for failing to prosecute Kimbro in previous years, despite the fact that other women had filed sexual assault accusations against him. Furthermore, even though DNA and circumstantial evidence linked him directly to the killings, it took five years to convict him.
The Reginald Kimbro case has made news throughout the years, and now Josh Mankiewicz will report on the case and his offenses in connection with the 2017 killings on NBC Dateline. The wreckage will premiere on Friday, September 23, 2022, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Continue reading to discover more about the Kimbro case.
Five critical aspects in Reginald Kimbro’s case
1) Reginald Kimbro has a history of victimization. Matheson, Molly
r*pist in the making Molly Matheson has a past with Reginald Kimbro. They originally met at the University of Arkansas, where they dated for a short period. However, the two were not in communication at the time of the murder. Tracy Matheson, Molly’s mother, allegedly discovered her dead on the toilet floor, indicating that Kimbro had attempted to conceal any evidence. However, he seems to have left behind critical pieces of evidence that finally linked him to the crime. According to the official news release,
“She [Molly] had been battered and strangled, and Kimbro tried to erase evidence by washing her in the shower and doing laundry in which he left his underwear behind.”
2) About a week after killing Molly, he assaulted Megan Getrum.
According to sources, Reginald Kimbro sexually attacked and strangled Megan Getrum, a 36-year-old Plano woman, about a week after Molly Matheson’s death, while investigators were looking into him. Getrum was assaulted on April 14, 2017, while out for an evening stroll at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in her neighborhood. A few days later, she was discovered dead in Lake Ray Hubbard. Investigators were able to link Kimbro to the crime using DNA evidence, eyewitness testimony, and identification. They also got him into the Nature Preserve parking lot at the same time the victim was reportedly assaulted.
3) Kimbro’s ex-girlfriend said he enjoyed “straggling” her.
Reginald Kimbro had previously been accused of s*xual assault and faced charges involving four other women between 2012 and 2014, crucial information that was only revealed during the exhaustive investigations into the 2017 murders of Molly Matheson and Megan Getrum. Authorities, however, did not take proper action against him at the time.
When news of the 2017 killings broke, other women stepped forward. Women alleged he strangled and r*ped them throughout their interactions. In fact, one of his ex-girlfriends said that he would “strangle” her whenever they had s*x. He would then be pushed away by the lady in issue because he had “gone too far.”
— Plano Police (Texas) (@PlanoPoliceDept) April 19, 2017
4) Kimbro reportedly drugged his victims.
The four victims who came forward to accuse Reginald Kimbro of r*ping them said he would drug and choke them before sexually assaulting them. Before he struck a plea agreement, the ladies were also prepared to testify against him in court.
According to Prosecutor Allenna Bangs:
“Reginald Kimbro is a serial r*pist and murderer. He utilized his charisma and charm to woo ladies, and when that didn’t work, he poisoned them. He negotiated his way out of the case after case until his aggressiveness resulted in Molly Matheson and Megan Getrum’s murders.”
5) The case of Reginald Kimbro inspired Molly Jane’s legislation.
Reginald Kimbro’s crimes from 2012 to 2017 resulted in the final change of two state laws related to sexual assault survivors and information used to track down potential serial r*pists and murders. Molly Jane’s Law, which carries Matheson’s name and was sponsored by her parents’ charity organization Project Beloved, requires police agencies to enter the relevant information into a nationwide database to assist the FBI in detecting serial assailants.