Co-ed Angela Samota was murdered by Donald Andrew Bess but it took over 25 years to convict him

This episode of Betrayed spotlights the rape and murder of Angela Samota, in a case that took over 25 years to solve.

20-year-old Angela Samota was a popular coed, who was known for being smart and pretty – but her ability to grab the attention of a room also attracted the man who murdered her.

1984 in Dallas, Texas, and Southern Methodist University student Samota was found dead in her apartment, she’d been raped and stabbed to death.

The crime sparked an appeal for witnesses and police conducted a lengthy investigation, but the case soon went cold.

It was 26 years later that a DNA match connected 61-year-old Donald Andrew Bess to her murder. He’d been released on parole just months before the attack, following a previous rape conviction. During a cold case review decades later his DNA matched that found at the crime scene.

Donald Andrew Bess
Donald Andrew Bess raped and murdered Angela Samota

In June 2010 Bess was convicted of her rape and murder and was given a death sentence, he was already serving life for yet another rape at the time detectives linked him to the cold case.

Police believe he asked Samota if he could use her bathroom before raping and stabbing her.

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In April 2016, Bess failed in his attempt to have his conviction appealed and the court upheld the findings of his original trial.

Betrayed – Coed Killer airs at 5:00 PM on Investigation Discovery. 

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joe Pizzo Sr
joe Pizzo Sr
3 years ago

who in their right mind would open the door at 2 am to a stranger who wanted to use her bathroom facilities?
I have concluded stat he expected Bates treating him as a client. Her two boyfriends that wre with her around 12 am commented that she was dressed inappropriately and they were irritated about the dress and her demeanor.

I believe she was expecting Bates for whatever.

Publius Maximus
Publius Maximus
3 years ago

It does not seem improbable that some of the pieces to the ultimate story of this horrendous crime are missing and will likely never be known, sadly enough. Nonetheless, I would gladly volunteer to neatly remove the head of the filthy, DNA verified, scumbag criminal involved!

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