South Carolina Woman Murdered After Getting Into Wrong Car
By the time she realized her mistake, University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson couldn't escape.
The twenty-one-year-old, who was set to go to law school in the fall, was sitting in the back seat of a Chevy Impala, a nice car, looking good enough to be the Uber car she was expecting.
But she was wrong. Instead of a ride home from a night out with friends early Friday morning in Columbia, South Carolina, Samantha was on her way to her death, her murder.
Police say, Nathaniel David Rowland, who was driving the Impala, had turned on the child-safety locks so that no matter how hard she tried, Samantha couldn't escape.
No one involved in the investigation will talk about what happened to Samantha, (pictured above) before she died, but her body, but some hunters discovered her body in a wooded area off a dirt road Friday afternoon.
The Associated Press reported Samantha suffered "sharp force" wounds to her head, neck, face, upper body, leg, and foot. The attacker must have used a knife or broken glass, something like that to stab and slash this college student to death.
Police had a videotape showing Samantha getting into the Chevy, and a K-9 unit spotted the vehicle Saturday night.
Nathaniel ran. A police dog caught him.
Samantha's blood was found in the car's trunk and inside the vehicle. It was a real mess.
Police say her cellphone was in the car, too, along with bleach, cleaning wipes and window cleaner.
"This was a bad scene," said Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook.
"Samantha was by herself. She had no chance," her father, Seymour Josephson, said at a vigil on Sunday. "You guys have to travel together. ... You get into an Uber; you don't know if it's an Uber, you don't know anything about it.
"I don't want anybody else to ever go through this again," he said. "I can't tell you how painful this is."
Jason Dalton was an Uber driver from Hell. During one blood-soaked, terrifying night in Kalamazoo, Michigan he wounded a woman, shot a young girl in the head, and killed six other people.
You'll never forget his story or theirs.
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