A Kansas City television station provides some background on the Nunley case, the subject of this morning's post.
In 1989, Roderick Nunley kidnapped, raped and killed Kansas City teenager Ann Harrison. The death of the 15-year-old girl is still fresh in the minds of many around Kansas City.
On March 22, 1989, Harrison walked to the end of her driveway near 68th and Manchester to wait for her school bus. Retired detective Pete Edlund remembers that day all too well.
"Every parent's worst nightmare, their child is snatched off the street at the end of her driveway waiting for a school bus. That doesn't happen every day," he said.* * *
Nunley drove Harrison to his mother's house. She was forced to crawl down to the basement. Each man accused the other of raping Harrison, but eventually, DNA testing linked Taylor directly to the rape.
The men then forced Harrison into the trunk of the car and tied her up. Both men testified that Harrison begged for her life, offering them money if they would spare her.
Instead, Nunley and Taylor grabbed two knives from the kitchen and both men stabbed the girl.
"Here was an innocent child, who was brutally sexually assaulted and murdered and it wasn't like they stabbed her once and walked away, it was brutal," Edlund said.
In Nunley's videotaped confession, he says he knew Harrison would die in the trunk.
The medical examiner testified that it took about half an hour for the girl to die after her kidnappers stabbed her 10 times.