"DATELINE'S" KEITH MORRISON REPORTS ON CONTROVERSIAL MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATION - FRIDAY, JAN. 27
FBI REVEALS NEVER BEFORE HEARD DETAILS TO "DATELINE'S" KEITH MORRISON ABOUT THE MISSING OREGON CITY GIRLS
Killer's Final Victim, who Escaped Death, Speaks Out for the First Time on "Dateline," Friday, Jan. 27 at 9PM
NEW YORK -- January 23, 2006 -- In a multi-part report, "Dateline's" Keith Morrison travels to the suburbs of Portland, Oregon to report on a controversial investigation that still has many wondering why it took so long to capture a serial killer. In an exclusive television interview, the FBI reveals to Morrison never before heard details about the case and offers a stinging rebuke to those who question their investigative techniques. In addition, the 21-year-old woman who believes she was to be the killer's final victim speaks out about her brush with death for the first time on "Dateline NBC," Friday, Jan. 27 (9:00 PM, ET).
In the winter of 2002, two young girls vanished from the same apartment complex within weeks of one another in Oregon City, Oregon. Despite an FBI Task Force comprising dozens of agents working feverishly on the case, it appeared to many in the community that important clues pointing to one suspect were ignored. Linda O'Neal, an author, private eye and grandmother with ties to one of the missing girls, shares with Morrison findings from her own investigation, including incendiary claims that an FBI agent told her: "We really don't need help from private investigators," when O'Neal says she approached the FBI with concrete information about the man who eventually turned out to be the killer. Viewers will hear both the FBI's response to that charge, and one woman's claims that the attack that nearly killed her might have been prevented, if the task force had put together all the clues that pointed to the serial killer, Ward Weaver.
David Corvo is the executive producer of "Dateline NBC."