Hannah Graham was the 18-year-old, British American student at the University of Virginia who went missing in September 2014. One month later, her remains were found at an abandoned property. The prime suspect was 32-year-old Jesse L. Matthew, Jr., who was last seen with an intoxicated Graham via surveillance cameras. Matthew was found on a beach in Texas and charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham. Matthew’s DNA also connected him to the death of 20-year-old Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student who went missing in 2009. In 2016, Matthew pleaded guilty to both murders by way of an Alford plea.
Before Matthew’s sentencing, a former girlfriend wrote a letter to the judge. It said that Matthew was sexually abused by at least three different people “through his elementary school years.” She wrote: “One individual in particular raped him on several occasions and forced L.J. [Matthew’s nickname] to keep it a secret. I have no doubt this repeated sexual trauma during his developmental years played a key role in the allegations against him.” 48 Hours, which airs Saturdays at 9pm on CBS, will air its investigation of the death of Hannah Graham on June 12.Up to 70% off on Hottest Amazon Deals]