Posted on | November 18, 2012 | 6 Comments
In 1970, 9-year-old Donna Willing was kidnapped, raped and strangled in Milwaukee. The investigation of her murder failed to solve the crime, but in 2007, Donna’s younger sister persuaded detectives to re-open the case. The cold-case investigation soon identified a suspect: Convicted sex offender Robert Hill, who had lived next door to Donna’s family at the time of the murder. Hill was serving a prison sentence for his sexual assaults on four children between 1995 and 2002. Hill made two separate confessions:
Hill first told police he sexually assaulted Donna after she got into his car that night, according to court documents. She began to squirm and slapped him. He became angry, afraid she would tell on him. He strangled her and dumped her body in a garage. It all took about 10 minutes, he said.
In another account outlined in court documents, Hill said he molested Donna for years, and that night picked her up in his car and raped her. After she screamed, he put his hand over her mouth and strangled her.
Hill, who is now being in held a supervised facility, has since recanted both statements. But Balash said Hill’s statements contained specifics of Donna’s injuries that hadn’t been released publicly. . . .
Read the whole thing. Unfortunately, physical evidence in the Donna Willing was thrown away by police years ago, so there is no DNA or other forensic evidence available, but prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Hill, who is now 73 years old. It is sad that he was not apprehended immediately for that 1970 crime, which would have spared Hill’s other victims.