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Jane Doe No More: My 15-Year Fight To Reclaim My Identity--A True Story Of Survival, Hope, And Redemption

By M. William Phelps

In 1993, Donna Palomba used to be raped via a masked assailant in her own residence. but, her tale is greater than a victim’s story of actual and emotional restoration. it's a tale of 1 woman’s hunt for justice whereas heading off assaults via associations designed to guard and defend her—the police division, the neighborhood govt, and a neighborhood clinging to an outrageous declare that Donna had invented the crime to hide up a sexual affair.

     From the evening of the assault, the botched crime scene research, and the abuse as experts tried to shut the case by way of discrediting her, Donna used to be left as a victim with out identify and no identification. in the meantime, there has been one brave detective, later to develop into leader of police, who broke a law enforcement officials’ code of silence within the identify of justice. As they fought on, a criminal conflict ensued after the Waterbury Police Department—now with media support—refused to allow move of its allegations opposed to her and admit wrongdoing. eventually, after 11 years of fight, Donna discovered the identification of her attacker from the executive of police, who defined that the DNA from the rape package taken a decade in the past had grew to become up a surprising fit.

     In 2007, Donna Palomba was once the topic of a different two-hour Dateline episode approximately her case. unexpectedly, she used to be Jane Doe not more, launching the Jane Doe not more association and changing into a promoter of the rights of girls and sufferers of sexual attack. With the aid of crime investigator and writer M. William Phelps, this is often her story.

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Along with his case in big apple entire, prosecutors there have been desirous to unlock any facts they can supply Connecticut to assist prosecute him in Waterbury. Regan used to be dealing with 3 separate fees: 1981 (the lady he attempted to strength to provide him oral intercourse inside of his truck); 1993 (Donna’s alleged assault); and 2004 (the stalking and attack case introduced via his coworker). because the summer time got here to an finish, there has been a few speak that Regan would seem in Waterbury court docket to plead responsible to the 1981 case. yet that case slowed down as negotiations situated on bundling the 3 instances jointly, with Regan pleading to all 3 to prevent 3 separate trials.

Conceal. ” He then referred to as the police. presently after, the boyfriend picked her up a couple of blocks clear of the Regan kinfolk domestic. She used to be cowering in the back of a home. Her boyfriend introduced her on to the police division. magnificent, Neil acknowledged to himself as he comprehensive examining the record. the lady was once capable of inform police the man’s identify, after all. She additionally stated she had evidence that she have been contained in the apartment and ran out. one in every of her footwear had fallen off as she struggled to wreck unfastened. She used to be convinced Rocky didn’t see it.

No, no,” Donna stated. “It was once 2005. ” “John [Connelly] or myself will name you again once we have a few information, Donna. dangle in there. ” They hung up. a couple of hours later, Donna’s touch contained in the SAO known as again. “The listening to has been postponed for 2 weeks. ” “Why? ” Donna requested. “It appears to be like the legal professionals are operating challenging towards a plea. ” John and Donna organize a gathering with John Connelly for the subsequent afternoon. once they arrived at 3 o’clock, Pudgie and Neil have been there, in addition to Maureen Norris.

According to what she was once instructed, Donna was once below the influence new investigator used to be concerned, a girl who were on the scene at the evening of the assault. Kathy Wilson were with the WPD due to the fact January sixteen, 1978, promoted to lieutenant in March 1992. certainly one of Kathy’s specialties used to be sexual attacks. on the time of Donna’s assault, Kathy used to be a table lieutenant, even if she had seemed on the scene that evening to suggest Donna and different officials. As March 1994 approached, Kathy used to be reassigned to Vice and installed cost of sexual attacks, exclusively as a result of Connelly’s involvement.

An afternoon or so later, Moran known as Donna back. He stated the WPD had “confirmed” that her “panties have been minimize from the again and that one truth . . . had helped to ensure” Donna’s tale. It was once the 1st time Donna thought of that what she had instructed the police wanted verifying. nonetheless, it was once excellent news. yet then Moran wondered the severed telephone strains. “I’ve been on your house,” he stated, “and I inspected the skin wires . . . They have been complicated. ” What he intended was once that he had noticeable a tangle of assorted wires all bunched jointly open air the home.

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