Dateline NBC airs 21-year-old rape case
Five months after she first broke her silence in a Hook cover story, Liz Seccuro will tell her story this week on Dateline.
In the episode, titled "The Apology," Seccuro recalls being brutally raped at a UVA fraternity 21 years ago when she was a 17-year-old First Year. Her alleged attacker, William Beebe, wasn't charged and left the school voluntarily soon after the incident. But two decades later, he tracked Seccuro down and sent her a letter expressing his remorse. "I harmed you," he wrote. During a series of email exchanges, Beebe eventually admitted to raping her. Seccuro turned the evidence over to police, who arrested Beebe (who now claims innocence) and charged him with felony rape.
According the Dateline website, Seccuro's choice has angered some, who feel she should move on and forgive Beebe his transgression. Others, however, support her drive to see justice served.
"She is a woman about whom almost no one can remain neutral," promises Dateline host Edie Magnus, whose TV producer husband will voice Beebe's emails in the episode.
Dateline's "The Apology" airs at 8pm Friday, May 19, on NBC.
May 19 update: The national Dateline NBC broadcast aired tonight as did a new report on Charlottesville's own NBC29. Both mention that Charlottesville Police uncovered a long-sealed 5-page UVA report that provides some more specific, contemporary details from three alleged witnesses:
• one saw so much blood at the scene to think “there had been a shooting or something of that sort”
• another suggests up to six men participated in an attack
• another suggests that a date rape drug was administered in a drink
Among the three witnesses, there was also mention of a partially exposed sleeping woman bleeding from "the vaginal area" and a young man with blood on the thigh of his jeans, according to a broadcast account.
Despite his apparent emailed admission, Beebe– now free on bond– claims the encounter was consensual. NBC29 reports that the case goes to trial November 27.