Kate Johnson was a senior at the University of Portland, but she never made it to graduation. "Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets" told the story of her murder at college. She was assaulted and killed in her own dorm room. According to Oregon Live, she had moved into the dorm only two weeks prior to work as a residence hall monitor.
With leads dwindling, police reached out to a wide circle of people who knew Johnson for DNA samples, and Deniz Aydiner was one of those who willingly participated. His DNA was a match to samples found at the crime scene and on Johnson's wrists. By then, Aydiner was back in his native Turkey.
According to court documents, he wanted to return to the country to be with his wife, so authorities made sure everything was in order. Then, they met and arrested him at the airport.
Johnson's mother talked of seeing her daughter in her dreams. "I said, ‘do you know who it was that killed you?’ ... She started crying, and she said, ‘yes.’ And I said, ‘can you tell me?’ And just as she was ready to tell me, I woke up."
The dreams proved cathartic for Johnson's mother, as was the eventual arrest and trial of Aydiner. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2006.
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