Web of Lies S5E2 Script

California Scheming (2018)

♪♪ COME ON, GUYS. IT'S TIME FOR THE CAKE.

Narrator: A LOVING MOTHER...

I HOPE YOU LIKE IT, SWEETHEART.

WOMAN: I'm gonna come over, okay?

...DEVASTATED BY A FAMILY TRAGEDY...

IT BROKE HER HEART.

IT WAS HER BABY.

Narrator:...SEEKS COMFORT IN THE DARKEST CORNERS OF THE WEB.

♪♪ SHE'S SCREAMING OUT.

Narrator: TWISTED FANTASIES PLAY OUT...

THE SLAVE HAD TO DO ANYTHING THAT THE MASTER HAD REQUESTED.

Narrator: ...WITH DEADLY CONSEQUENCES.

MY GUT TOLD ME THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE.

I WAS IN FEAR FOR LAURA'S LIFE.

♪♪

[ BREATHING HEAVILY, GAGGING ]

♪♪

♪♪

Narrator: 37-YEAR-OLD LAURA SIMONSON LOVES NOTHING MORE THAN SPENDING TIME WITH HER FIVE DAUGHTERS AND TWO SONS.

COME ON, GUYS. IT'S TIME FOR THE CAKE.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY SWEET 16.

WHEN SHE WAS REALLY HAPPY AND CONTENT, SHE WOULD LIGHT UP THAT ROOM.

MAKE A WISH, SARAH.

[ ALL CHEERING ]

Simonson: I SAW HER AS A BEST FRIEND.

SHE WAS A BIG PART OF MY LIFE. SHE WASN'T JUST MY MOM.

SHE WAS SOMEBODY I COULD GO TO FOR ANYTHING.

Narrator: HELPING LAURA OUT IS HER MOTHER, MARY, AND SISTER, NIKI.

Carlson: BIRTHDAY PARTIES WERE ALWAYS HUGE.

I MEAN, NO MATTER WHOSE IT WAS, SHE ALWAYS HAD A WAY OF MAKING THAT CHILD FEEL LIKE THE CENTER OF THE WORLD.

STOP, MOM.

IT'S LOVELY, JUST WHAT I WANTED.

I HOPE YOU LIKE IT, SWEETHEART.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

Simonson: SHE JUST, LIKE, MADE LITTLE THINGS, LIKE PUT TOGETHER SOME EARRINGS OR A NECKLACE.

IT'S A LOT MORE SPECIAL WHEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT SOMEBODY MADE FOR YOU, SOMETHING THAT THEY PUT THEIR TIME AND EFFORT INTO.

NIKI, WOULD YOU GIVE ME A HAND WITH ALYSSA?

ABSOLUTELY. ANYTHING FOR MY FAVORITE NIECE.

13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, ALYSSA, GETS A LOT OF LAURA'S ATTENTION.

SHE REQUIRED A LOT OF CARE, YOU KNOW, BEING WHEELCHAIR-BOUND, AND LAURA HAD TO PRETTY MUCH DO EVERYTHING FOR HER.

HEY.

THAT WAS A BIT MUCH, WASN'T IT, SWEETHEART?

Narrator: ALYSSA WAS LEFT BLIND AND PERMANENTLY BRAIN-DAMAGED AFTER A SWIMMING ACCIDENT WHEN SHE WAS A TODDLER.

Simonson: I THINK, IN A WAY, IT COULD BE AN ESCAPE FOR MY MOM, TOO, TO BE ABLE TO JUST SPEND TIME WITH HER AND HELP HER AND FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE.

WE ALL NEED A LITTLE QUIET TIME SOMETIMES.

Narrator: LAURA COULDN'T BE PROUDER OF ALL HER CHILDREN.

SHE EVEN HAS A TATTOO OF ALYSSA'S NAME AND BIRTH DATE ON HER ANKLE.

THAT JUST SIGNIFIED HOW MUCH HER CHILDREN MEANT TO HER, AND SHE WAS JUST SO IN LOVE WITH BEING A MOM, AND SHE WAS JUST SO PROUD.

♪ ALYSSA ♪

♪♪ Narrator: LAURA SPLITS HER TIME WITH THE KIDS WITH EX-HUSBAND, TROY.

SO SHE SPENDS A LOT OF TIME ALONE.

[ CELLPHONE CHIMES ]

♪♪

[ Ringing ]

HEY, NIKI. I GOT YOUR MESSAGE.

WHAT'S UP?

NIKI: Hey, Laura. Where are you?

I'M HOME RIGHT NOW.

WHY?

Have you heard?

It's Alyssa, Laura.

She passed away.

I'm so sorry. Laura, where are you?

I'm gonna come over, okay?

I'm going to be right there. Laura?

Carlson: ALYSSA WAS WITH A FRIEND OF OURS, AND THEY WENT TO GO WAKE HER UP ONE MORNING, AND... SHE HAD [Voice breaking] PASSED AWAY IN HER SLEEP.

SHE GOT ANOTHER INFECTION IN HER HEART, AND NOBODY KNEW.

IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT JUST KIND OF HAPPENED.

YOU KNOW, IT BROKE HER HEART.

♪♪ Narrator: AFTER LOSING ALYSSA, THE FAMILY RALLIES AROUND LAURA.

Simonson: I THINK SHE WAS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY LOST.

YOU OKAY?

NO.

AND IT WAS A DIFFERENT KIND OF PAIN THAT SHE WAS FEELING FROM EVERYTHING ELSE.

[ FOOTSTEPS APPROACH ]

Narrator: THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN TOUGH FOR LAURA.

SHE'D BEEN BATTLING MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS.

Carlson: SHE HAD HAD A PROBLEM WITH DEPRESSION.

SHE WOULD HAVE DRASTIC DOWNS TO WHERE IT WAS HARD TO BE AROUND HER.

Narrator: ALYSSA'S DEATH SEEMS TO SEND HER FURTHER INTO A DOWNWARD SPIRAL.

YOU DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO HELP HER BECAUSE SHE HAD KIND OF WITHDRAWN FROM THE GIRL I USED TO KNOW.

♪♪ Narrator: AFTER MONTHS OF CARE, LAURA SEEMS TO IMPROVE.

Carlson: ALL THROUGH ALL OF THIS, WE THOUGHT, "OKAY. LAURA WAS GONNA BE FINE.

YOU KNOW, SHE'S GONNA PULL OUT OF THIS."

Narrator: SHE TAKES COMFORT IN SURFING THE WEB AND CREATES A PROFILE ONLINE.

I KNEW SHE WAS MEETING PEOPLE ONLINE, BUT I THINK THE REASON WHY SHE WAS DOING IT WAS TO ESCAPE, TO GET AWAY, TO FIND SOMEBODY, TO JUST FORGET ABOUT LOSING HER KID AND ALL THE BAD THAT'S EVER HAPPENED TO HER.

Carlson: SHE HAD LOST EVERYTHING THAT SHE HAD AND HELD DEAR, AND WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING?

YOU'RE GONNA GO TO WHEREVER YOU FIND ACCEPTANCE, AND YOU FIND THE RIGHT PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET.

THAT'S WHEN I GOT A LITTLE MORE SCARED.

Narrator: BUT THEN, LAURA MAKES A LIFE-CHANGING DECISION.

Carlson: OBVIOUSLY, THE NOTE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.

"I'M SORRY I'M THIS WAY.

I'M NO GOOD FOR THE KIDS, EITHER.

THE BEST THING I COULD DO IS TO STAY AWAY.

I'M GONNA FIND A PLACE TO GO SO NO ONE HAS TO DEAL WITH ME AGAIN.

♪♪ I LOVE YOU ALL AND ALWAYS WILL."

[ BIRDS CHIRP IN DISTANCE ]

Simonson: SHE WAS DESPERATE.

SHE THOUGHT THAT IF SHE WENT AWAY FOR A WHILE, FOUND SOMEBODY WHO COULD HELP HER AND TAKE CARE OF HER, THINGS WOULD GET BETTER.

♪♪ Carlson: WE THOUGHT, "OKAY.

SHE'S JUST GONNA GO STAY WITH A FRIEND FOR A WHILE.

SHE JUST NEEDS SOME SPACE. LET HER GET HERSELF TOGETHER.

AND SHE'LL BE BACK READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD."

♪♪ Narrator: NEARLY THREE WEEKS GO BY.

LAURA'S FAMILY IS OUT WHEN THERE'S A VISITOR TO THEIR HOME.

♪♪ Niki: "MARY, MY NAME IS JEFF MADISON.

AS YOU KNOW, LAURA HAS BEEN FRIENDS WITH ME FOR YEARS.

I HAVEN'T SEEN OR HEARD FROM HER IN TWO WEEKS.

MYSELF AND HER FRIENDS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HER.

IF YOU HAVE HEARD FROM HER WITHIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, COULD YOU PLEASE CALL ME AND LET ME KNOW SO WE CAN STOP WORRYING, JEFF."

JEFF MADISON -- DO YOU KNOW THIS GUY?

I DIDN'T KNOW A WHOLE LOT ABOUT JEFF.

ONLY THAT SHE MET HIM ONLINE.

NOT A WHOLE 100% SURE, BUT I KNOW THAT THEY WERE JUST FRIENDS.

HAVE YOU HEARD FROM HER?

I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING.

IT'S OKAY, MOM.

IN THE BEGINNING, WE THOUGHT, "SHE'S JUST DOING HER THING, AND SHE'LL BE BACK."

HI, SARAH?

HAVE YOU HEARD FROM YOUR MOM?

NO? OKAY.

CAN YOU PUT YOUR DAD ON THE PHONE?

AND THEN KIND OF TALKED TO THE KIDS AND FOUND OUT THE KIDS HADN'T HEARD FROM HER EITHER.

HI, TROY.

HAVE YOU HEARD FROM LAURA SINCE SARAH'S BIRTHDAY?

NOBODY HAD HEARD FROM HER.

NO? OKAY.

THAT'S WHEN I GOT REALLY SCARED.

Narrator: NIKI MAKES THE CALL THAT EVERY FAMILY DREADS.

I'D LIKE TO FILE A "MISSING PERSONS" REPORT ON MY SISTER.

HER NAME IS LAURA --

LAURA SIMONSON.

Carlson: I THOUGHT IT WAS ALL FOR NOTHING.

"SHE'S GONNA SHOW UP TOMORROW, AND I'M GOING TO FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, CRYING WOLF BECAUSE MY SISTER IS GONE, AND THERE SHE IS, RIGHT THERE.

♪♪ Narrator: IT'S THE WEEKEND IN SMALL-TOWN MINNESOTA, SO IT'S MONDAY MORNING BEFORE THE POLICE RESPOND TO THE CALL.

♪♪ HI. HI, I'M DETECTIVE LEE HOLLATZ.

NIKI. WE SPOKE ON THE PHONE.

COME ON IN. THANKS.

I APPRECIATE IT.

I'VE HAD "MISSING PERSONS" REPORTS BEFORE COME TO MY DESK OR A RUNAWAY, AND USUALLY IT'S THE 16-YEAR-OLD IS UPSET WITH THE DAD, AND THEY'RE STAYING WITH THEIR BUDDY UP IN THE CITY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

THIS ONE HAD A DIFFERENT FLAVOR.

I SAW A LOT OF RED FLAGS.

MOM HAS NEVER BEEN GONE THIS LONG BEFORE.

SHE JUST LEFT THIS NOTE, AND THAT'S IT.

"I'M SORRY I'M THIS WAY. I'M NOT GOOD FOR THE KIDS."

YOU COULD SEE IN HER NOTE THAT SHE'S --

SHE'S SCREAMING OUT.

I SAW A VULNERABLE ADULT SUFFERING WITH, YOU KNOW, MENTAL ILLNESS, POSSIBLY WITHOUT MEDS.

SOME UNUSUAL BEHAVIOR FOR HER TO BE GONE THIS LONG.

I'M SORRY TO ASK THIS, BUT YOU THINK SHE COULD HAVE BEEN SUICIDAL?

NO WAY. SHE LOVED THE KIDS TOO MUCH.

I THINK MAYBE SHE'S CAUGHT UP WITH A FRIEND.

Narrator: DETECTIVE HOLLATZ TAKES HIS SEARCH OUTSIDE.

♪♪ WELL, SHE HAD, ACTUALLY, LEFT HER VAN AT MY MOM'S HOUSE.

♪♪ Narrator: IT'S FULL OF POTENTIAL CLUES.

♪♪

♪♪ MESSY, ISN'T IT?

SHE GOES CAMPING IN IT.

SURE, YEAH.

LOOK WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND.

Hollatz: SHE DID LEAVE A MONEY CARD BEHIND.

SHE LEFT HER PHONE.

SHE LEFT, YOU KNOW, SOME VERY IMPORTANT PERSONAL ITEMS.

THAT'S ODD, RIGHT?

WE ALL NEED OUR PHONE AND MONEY.

IT WAS JUST THE MYSTERY.

IT WAS JUST, WHERE DID SHE GO?

WHO IS SHE WITH?

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?

♪♪

Narrator: 37-YEAR-OLD LAURA SIMONSON HAS BEEN MISSING FOR 23 DAYS.

HAVE YOU HEARD FROM LAURA?

POLICE HAVE JUST DISCOVERED SHE'S LEFT HER PHONE AND HER BANK CARDS BEHIND.

WE ALL NEED OUR PHONE AND MONEY.

♪♪ WITH NO PHONE RECORDS TO RELY ON AND NO ACTIVITY ON HER CREDIT CARDS, THE SMALL FARMINGTON INVESTIGATIVE TEAM STARTS LOOKING AT THOSE CLOSEST TO LAURA.

WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT A HUSBAND. WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT A BOYFRIEND.

WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT THE EX-HUSBAND.

I WAS FOLLOWING BREADCRUMBS TO FIND LAURA.

Sundgren: WE WERE TRYING TO GET AS MUCH INFORMATION AS WE POSSIBLY CAN FROM ANYBODY THAT KNOWS OR KNEW LAURA --

FRIENDS, PEOPLE ONLINE, COMMUNITY.

THAT'S WHAT WE DO.

WE DIG.

Narrator: LAURA'S EX-HUSBAND, TROY, IS AUTOMATICALLY A PERSON OF INTEREST.

HE ENDED UP WITH ALL THE KIDS, AND THAT IS ODD.

MOST OF THE TIME, THE MOTHER WILL GET THE CHILDREN.

LOOKING AT THIS, I CAN SEE THAT THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN SOME HARD FEELINGS AND SOME TENSION, YOU KNOW, BETWEEN THEM.

TROY SIMONSON?

YEAH, HI.

IT'S DETECTIVE MARK SUNDGREN FROM THE FARMINGTON P.D.

BUT TROY HAS A SOLID ALIBI.

NOTHING AT THAT TIME WAS REALLY POINTING AT TROY.

THANK YOU.

Narrator: THERE IS ONE STANDOUT LEAD --

THE MAN WHO LEFT THE NOTE ASKING ABOUT LAURA, JEFF MADISON.

MR. MADISON? YEAH.

DETECTIVE HOLLATZ.

NICE TO MEET YOU. GOOD TO MEET YOU, TOO.

COME ON IN.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN HELP US, MR. MADISON?

I BELIEVE I CAN, DETECTIVE.

I'VE BEEN GOING THROUGH SOME OF LAURA'S FILES.

HE WAS VERY GOOD WITH COMPUTERS.

HE DID HAVE ALL THIS INFORMATION.

HE HAD HER ACCOUNTS TO DIFFERENT SOCIAL MEDIA.

SO, HOLD ON A SECOND.

YOU'RE TELLING ME YOU HAVE ACCESS TO ALL OF LAURA'S ONLINE ACCOUNTS.

FACEBOOK, E-MAIL, ALL OF HER ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS?

YEAH.

OKAY, WHO AM I DEALING WITH HERE?

THE HAIR ON THE BACK OF MY NECK WAS STANDING UP WITH THIS GUY.

HE WAS ODD.

YOU'RE NOT GONNA BELIEVE HOW SHE'S MEETING THESE MEN.

♪♪ IT'S LIKE A WHOLE FANTASY WORLD.

♪♪ Narrator: AFTER THE DEATH OF HER DAUGHTER ALYSSA, LAURA HAD ESCAPED INTO THE WORLD OF BONDAGE, DISCIPLINE, SADISM, AND MASOCHISM, OR B.D.S.M.

Carlson: SHE WAS INTO A LIFESTYLE WHERE ONE PERSON WAS A MASTER, AND ONE PERSON WAS A SLAVE, AND THAT PERSON THAT WAS DESIGNATED THE SLAVE PRETTY MUCH HAD TO DO ANYTHING THAT THE MASTER HAD REQUESTED OF THEM.

♪♪ IT BLEW THE CASE WIDE OPEN.

Narrator: ACCORDING TO JEFF MADISON, LAURA REGULARLY MESSAGED MEN ON A B.D.S.M. WEBSITE.

THIS IS WHAT I FOUND.

"YOU'LL BE MY SLAVE. I'LL CAGE YOU.

I'M GOING TO CAGE YOU AND BEAT YOU EVERY DAY."

JEFF HAD LOTS OF INFORMATION.

HE HAD A LOT OF DETAILS.

OKAY. WELL, YOU BE SURE TO SEND ME ALL OF THESE LINKS, AND DON'T FORGET HER USERNAME AND PASSWORD.

ABSOLUTELY, DETECTIVE.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.

HAPPY TO HELP.

IT DID CROSS MY MIND THAT JEFF WAS MAYBE LEADING ME DOWN A DIFFERENT PATH.

IN THE WORLD OF A DETECTIVE, IN A DETECTIVE'S MIND, IS THAT, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS TRUE?

WHAT IS BS?

Narrator: DETECTIVE HOLLATZ BEGINS HIS SEARCH FOR CLUES IN THE ONLINE B.D.S.M. WORLD LAURA HAD BEEN VISITING IN THE WEEKS BEFORE HER DISAPPEARANCE.

Hollatz: I WAS BECOMING FRUSTRATED.

FROM DAY ONE, THIS INVESTIGATION CAME TO US, WE WERE 20 TO 22 DAYS BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL.

WE WERE TRYING TO CATCH UP.

Narrator: ON ONE ONLINE BULLETIN BOARD USED BY LAURA, HOLLATZ HONES IN ON A RECENT CHAT BUDDY, A MAN WHO CALLS HIMSELF "MR. HANDCUFFS."

Hollatz: THEY DEVELOPED AN ONLINE RELATIONSHIP IN THAT HE TOOK ON THE ROLE OF A MASTER, AND SHE TOOK ON THE ROLE OF A SLAVE.

SHE WANTED TO BE A SLAVE.

HE WANTED TO BE HER MASTER, AND THEY WENT BACK AND FORTH EXCHANGING IDEAS.

THEN, EVENTUALLY, THE CONVERSATION WENT TO, "THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

WE'RE GONNA BE TOGETHER IN THE FUTURE.

I'M GONNA BE YOUR SLAVE FOREVER."

♪♪

♪♪ WE DIDN'T KNOW WHO THIS GUY WAS.

NO ONE KNEW WHO THIS GUY WAS.

AT THAT TIME, I HAD 24 YEARS AS A POLICE OFFICER, AND MY GUT TOLD ME THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE.

♪♪ HI, HONEY. HOW ARE YOU?

Narrator: LAURA'S FAMILY REFUSES TO GIVE UP HOPE FOR HER SAFE RETURN.

THAT LOOKS REALLY GOOD. YEAH, I LIKE THE BRIGHT COLORS.

I'M GONNA PUT THE NUMBER ON THE BOTTOM, AND THEN I'M GOING TO PUT THEM IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, OKAY?

PERFECT, OKAY.

Simonson: I THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO COME BACK, AND IT WASN'T PERMANENT, THAT SOMEBODY DID SEE HER, AND SHE'S NOT GONE.

SOMEONE'S BOUND TO HAVE SEEN HER.

Carlson: I, HONESTLY, KEPT HOPING SHE'D SHOW UP.

[ Voice breaking ] I'M HER BIG SISTER.

I'M THE ONE THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TO HELP HER, TO FIND HER.

IT DAWNED ON ME THAT, MAYBE, I COULDN'T FIND HER.

YOU PROMISED ME WE'D FIND HER, AND WE WILL.

BUT I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO.

Narrator: WITH LAURA SIMONSON MISSING FOR 25 DAYS, POLICE FACE THE GRIM REALITY THAT HER SECRET PASTIME MAY HAVE LED HER DOWN A DANGEROUS PATH.

♪♪ MAYBE SHE IS BEING HELD AS A SLAVE, YOU KNOW, IN A CAGE.

I NEED TO KNOW WHERE LAURA IS.

I WAS IN FEAR FOR LAURA'S LIFE.

♪♪

Narrator: POLICE HAVE JUST DISCOVERED THAT A 37-YEAR-OLD MISSING MOTHER HAD BEEN SURFING THE DARK SIDE OF THE INTERNET IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO HER DISAPPEARANCE.

YOU'RE TELLING ME YOU HAVE ACCESS TO ALL OF LAURA'S ONLINE ACCOUNTS?

SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE.

Narrator: FARMINGTON POLICE LAUNCH A PUBLIC APPEAL FOR ANY INFORMATION ON LAURA SIMONSON.

Sundgren: WE'VE SENT CASES OUT WHERE YOU GET NOTHING.

THERE'S OTHER TIMES WHEN YOU SEND IT OUT, AND YOU HIT "ENTER" ON THE COMPUTER, AND YOUR PHONE IS RINGING WITHIN A MINUTE.

♪♪

Bodunov: SOME OF THE EMPLOYEES [Chuckling] WILL JUST PUT THEM IN THE PAPER SHREDDER AND NOT WORRY ABOUT IT, BUT WHEN THIS ONE CAME ACROSS FROM LAURA IN FARMINGTON, I REMEMBERED HER, AND JUST BEING ABLE, YOU KNOW, TO LET SOMEBODY KNOW, "HEY, SHE WAS HERE.

SHE WAS OKAY."

IS THIS FARMINGTON P.D.?

Hollatz: WHEN WE RECEIVED THE CALL FROM THE MICROTEL HOTEL STAFF, THAT TURNED OUT TO BE THE BIGGEST PIECE OF INFORMATION AND EVIDENCE IN THIS WHOLE CASE.

♪♪ HI, KRISTI? HI, HOW ARE YOU?

GOOD. DETECTIVE HOLLATZ. WE SPOKE ON THE PHONE.

NICE TO MEET YOU.

CAN YOU TELL ME WHEN IT IS THAT YOU SAW LAURA?

THREE WEEKS AGO -- NOVEMBER THE 2nd.

♪♪ SHE LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE SHE DID IN THE PHOTO.

Bodunov: SHE DIDN'T SMILE MUCH.

HI, HOW ARE YOU?

JUST A SINGLE ROOM, PLEASE.

WHEN PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH STUFF, YOU CAN KIND OF LOOK IN THEIR EYES AND SEE THAT THEY HAVE A LOT OF WORRIES, AND THAT'S HOW SHE SEEMED.

SHE WAS PREOCCUPIED.

ALL RIGHT, SO THE ROOM NUMBER IS ON IT.

SHE WAS WITH A GUY, BUT I DON'T KNOW HIS NAME.

HE JUST LOOKED ROUGH, AND HE LOOKED LIKE HE'D BE MEAN.

THEY JUST DIDN'T SEEM LIKE THEY WERE THERE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME AND GO OUT ON A DATE.

SO I JUST KIND OF PAID ATTENTION TO THEM.

DID HE, BY ANY CHANCE, PAY FOR ANYTHING OR LEAVE HIS NAME WHEN HE CHECKED IN?

NO NAME OR DETAILS.

BUT WE COULD CHECK THE LOBBY SECURITY CAMERA.

THAT'D BE TERRIFIC.

I WANTED TO SEE LAURA ON THAT CAMERA, LIKE, "OH, SHE DID REALLY SIGN HER NAME ON THIS CARD."

♪♪ Narrator: BUT THE CRITICAL FOOTAGE OF THE COUPLE CHECKING IN HAS BEEN OVERWRITTEN.

THEY LOST THE SATURDAY CHECK-IN.

THAT WOULD'VE BEEN NOVEMBER 2nd.

THAT WAS GONE FOREVER, SO THAT WAS VERY FRUSTRATING.

UH... HOW ABOUT SUNDAY?

DO YOU HAVE ANY FOOTAGE FOR SUNDAY?

SURE, LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

OKAY.

THAT'S THE GUY. THAT'S THE GUY WITH LAURA.

THIS UNKNOWN WHITE MALE CHECKING OUT SUNDAY MORNING, BUT THERE'S NO SIGN OF LAURA SIMONSON.

WHY ISN'T SHE WITH HIM?

SO I'M, LIKE, GOING, "WELL, WHERE'S LAURA?"

AND WHO ARE YOU?

NARRATOR: POLICE HAVE TO PUT A NAME TO THIS FACE.

I THREW OUT A CRIME ALERT NETWORK SHOWING THIS UNKNOWN WHITE MALE, ASKING PEOPLE TO CONTACT ME IF YOU RECOGNIZE HIM.

♪♪

♪♪ Narrator: BACK IN FARMINGTON, THE SIMONSON FAMILY TRY TO MAKE THE MOST OF CHRISTMAS WITHOUT LAURA.

Simonson: SHE WOULD ALWAYS BE THERE AT CHRISTMAS OR HOLIDAYS.

IT'S A BIG THING TO HAVE SOMEBODY THERE, AND THEN TO NOT HAVE THEM, YOU KIND OF FEEL LOST WITHOUT THEM.

SHE'S COMING HOME.

Carlson: EVERY YEAR, WE DID THE SAME THING, AND IT JUST...

IT WASN'T THE SAME.

♪♪ Narrator: AS THE NEW YEAR BEGINS, LAURA HAS BEEN MISSING FOR OVER TWO MONTHS.

♪♪ DETECTIVE HOLLATZ HAS RULED OUT LAURA'S FRIEND, JEFF MADISON, AS A SUSPECT.

HE BEARS NO RESEMBLANCE TO THE MAN SHE CHECKED IN WITH AT THE HOTEL.

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT FOR ME, JEFF?

I MANAGED TO GET ON THE MESSAGE BOARD FOR COLLARME.COM, THE B.D.S.M. SITE THAT LAURA WAS ON.

OKAY.

LOOK AT THIS.

Carlson: JEFF WAS PRETTY AMAZING.

HE WAS PRETTY RELENTLESS AS FAR AS FOLLOWING UP ON EVERYTHING.

I THINK I FOUND THE E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR MR. HANDCUFFS.

YEAH, BUT LOOK AT THIS.

THE SAME NAME KEEPS POPPING UP.

WHAT NAME IS THAT?

STEVEN ZELICH.

♪♪ Hollatz: HE RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM LAURA'S E-MAIL ACCOUNTS THAT SHE IS TIED IN WITH THIS STEVEN ZELICH OUT OF MILWAUKEE.

♪♪ I WENT TO OUR DATABASE, CALLED "CLEARPOINT,"

AND CHECKED OUT FOR STEVEN ZELICH IN WISCONSIN.

[ TELEPHONE RINGS IN DISTANCE ]

I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING.

I WORKED WITH CLEARPOINT A LOT IN DIFFERENT INVESTIGATIONS.

THEY NEVER HAVE E-MAILS.

IN THIS ONE CASE,

HEY, MARK? CAN YOU COME IN HERE?

WHAT'S UP, MAN?

THIS MADISON GUY...

LOOKS LIKE HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN PRETTY GOOD AFTER ALL.

WE GOT A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN ZELICH AND MR. HANDCUFFS.

Narrator: STEVEN ZELICH'S E-MAIL IS A MATCH WITH LAURA'S ONLINE MASTER, MR. HANDCUFFS.

EVERYTHING WAS POINTING AT THIS STEVEN ZELICH.

LOOKS LIKE HE'S A FORMER COP, SERVED OVER AT WEST ALLIS IN, UH... WISCONSIN.

THAT'S GONNA BE PROBLEMATIC.

THAT WAS THE DIFFICULT PART OF THIS CASE, FOR SURE, AS FAR AS HOW WE WERE GONNA MOVE FORWARD ONCE WE LEARNED THAT HE WAS A FORMER POLICE OFFICER.

GOOD LUCK.

THANKS.

Hollatz: THE STAKES WERE HIGHER.

HE'S PROBABLY GONNA KNOW THE INS AND OUTS OF EVIDENCE AND HIDING THINGS AND DODGING US.

THAT ACTUALLY DID MAKE THE INVESTIGATION A LITTLE BIT TOUGHER.

[ CELLPHONE RINGS ]

Narrator: HOLLATZ CALLS ZELICH'S FORMER POLICE CAPTAIN IN WISCONSIN.

THIS IS DETECTIVE SERGEANT HOLLATZ OVER AT FARMINGTON IN MINNESOTA.

I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU A QUESTION ABOUT STEVEN ZELICH.

AND SO THEN I, YOU KNOW, FROM ONE COP TO THE NEXT, I TOLD THEM, "HERE'S WHAT I'M WORKING ON,"

AND I REMEMBER HIM TELLING ME, GOING...

"THAT DOESN'T SURPRISE ME."

I- I'M SORRY. THAT DOESN'T SURPRISE YOU?

Narrator: ZELICH LEFT THE FORCE FOLLOWING REPORTS HE ABUSED HIS OFFICE BY INTIMIDATING WOMEN INTO DATING HIM.

OH, THAT'S INTERESTING.

LOOK, CAN I SEND YOU OVER A PICTURE?

I GOT A GUY AT A LOCAL MOTEL HERE, AND I THINK IT MIGHT BE HIM.

Absolutely. OKAY.

HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

LET ME SEND IT OVER TO YOU RIGHT NOW.

Narrator: THE CAPTAIN CONFIRMS THE MAN CHECKING OUT OF THE HOTEL IN MINNESOTA IS STEVEN ZELICH, MR. HANDCUFFS, THE MAN LAST SEEN WITH LAURA.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CAPTAIN.

I APPRECIATE IT.

Hollatz: I WAS LIKE, "WHOA.

THE BREADCRUMBS HAVE LED ME HERE.

THERE IS SOMETHING GOING ON HERE,"

AND THAT'S WHAT I WAS FEELING.

♪♪ I ASKED CAPTAIN WADDELL IF HE'D SEND OVER SOME OFFICERS TO GO CHECK OUT ZELICH'S APARTMENT TO SEE IF LAURA IS THERE, AND IF LAURA IS THERE, SEE IF SHE'S OKAY.

♪♪ WE POSSIBLY MIGHT BE FINDING LAURA HERE REAL QUICK.

HELLO? MR. ZELICH, YOU GOT TIME TO ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT A MISSING PERSONS CASE OVER IN MINNESOTA?

COME ON IN, WHATEVER I CAN DO TO HELP YOU GUYS.

Officer: WE'RE LOOKING FOR A 37-YEAR-OLD WOMAN NAMED LAURA SIMONSON.

DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HER?

ME AND LAURA HAVE BEEN MESSAGING EACH OTHER ONLINE.

SHE'S BEEN SENDING ME PICS.

Hollatz: THEY DID CHECK OUT STEVEN ZELICH'S APARTMENT.

YOU WORRIED ABOUT HER?

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE VERY WORRIED.

Hollatz: AND HE SAID, "NO. I HAVEN'T HAD CONTACT WITH HER IN MANY MONTHS,"

AND, BASICALLY, THEY SAW NO SIGN OF LAURA THERE AND NO SIGNS OF ANY FEMALES IN THIS APARTMENT.

WELL, IF SHE GETS IN TOUCH WITH ME, I'LL BE SURE TO GIVE YOU GUYS A CALL.

♪♪ ALWAYS GLAD TO HELP FELLOW OFFICERS.

Narrator: THE POLICE OFFICERS FIND NO SIGN OF LAURA AND NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY.

Hollatz: I KNEW THAT LAURA WAS CONNECTED TO STEVEN ZELICH.

I KNEW THAT.

♪♪ DOES HE HAVE HER HIDDEN SOMEWHERE NOW?

DID HE DO THIS CRAZY THING AND ACTUALLY SELL HER TO ANOTHER MASTER, YOU KNOW, IN THIS B.D.S.M. LIFESTYLE?

Carlson: THAT SITUATION SCARED ME THE MOST, IF SOMEONE HAD TAKEN HER AND MAKING HER DO SOMETHING THAT'S AGAINST HER WILL AND THAT SHE MIGHT NEVER BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF.

♪♪

Narrator: 37-YEAR-OLD LAURA SIMONSON HAS BEEN MISSING FOR OVER THREE MONTHS.

DETECTIVES TRACK HER INTERNET ACTIVITY AND SUSPECT HER ONLINE B.D.S.M. MASTER, STEVEN ZELICH, MAY KNOW SOMETHING.

SHE'S BEEN SENDING ME PICS.

BUT THEIR SEARCH HAS COME TO A DEAD END.

DOES HE HAVE HER HIDDEN SOMEWHERE NOW?

♪♪ MANY MONTHS WENT BY.

THE CASE WAS GETTING COOLER BECAUSE WE JUST RAN INTO A DEAD END.

THERE'S NO LAURA.

MY SUPERVISOR CAME IN AND SAID, YOU KNOW, "LEAVE. CLOSE THAT CASE UP.

YOU GOT OTHER THINGS TO DO."

I DID BECOME FRUSTRATED BECAUSE SHE WAS SOMEBODY'S MOTHER.

SHE WAS SOMEBODY'S SISTER. SHE WAS SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER.

I'M GONNA BRING HER HOME! AND YOU KNOW WHAT?

IF WE, IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, DON'T DO ANYTHING, WHO'S GOING TO DO ANYTHING?

Narrator: DETECTIVE HOLLATZ TRIES ONE FINAL TACTIC.

HE ENLISTS THE HELP OF THE F.B.I.

AGENT ATKINS, F.B.I.

WE JUST NEED A FEW MORE DETAILS FROM YOU ON LAURA SIMONSON.

BY ALL MEANS, PLEASE COME IN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Narrator: IF ZELICH HAS TAKEN LAURA AGAINST HER WILL ACROSS THE MINNESOTA- WISCONSIN STATE LINE, HE HAS COMMITTED A FEDERAL OFFENSE.

MAY I HAVE A SEAT?

I SAID, "OF COURSE I'LL TAKE THAT.

I'LL, YOU KNOW -- NOW I'VE GOT SOME, YOU KNOW, SOME HEAVY HITTERS BEHIND ME."

I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU AND LAURA MET ON A B.D.S.M. WEBSITE.

NOT AGAINST THE LAW, IS IT?

CONSENTING ADULTS?

WOULD YOU MIND IF MY COLLEAGUE HAD A LOOK AROUND?

NO, BY ALL MEANS.

MR. ZELICH, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO CONSENT TO A DNA SAMPLE TAKEN HERE TODAY?

SURE, ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP.

VERY FAMILIAR WITH THAT PROCEDURE HAVING ADMINISTRATED THAT MYSELF A FEW TIMES.

THIS WILL HELP EXPEDITE MATTERS.

♪♪ AS YOU KNOW, I'LL JUST NEED YOU TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH.

THEY TOLD ME THAT HE WAS SWEATING PROFUSELY, JUST SWEATING JUST UP A STORM.

♪♪ THERE'S SOMETHING GOING ON HERE.

HE KNOWS.

♪♪

♪♪

[ SIGHS ]

ANY NEWS FROM LAURA?

LOOK, IF I KNEW ANYTHING, I'D LET YOU KNOW.

YOU KNOW, LAURA'S BEEN ON THOSE OTHER SITES AND CHAT ROOMS, AND SHE HAS A LOT OF FRIENDS ON THERE.

YOU SHOULD TRY LOOKING AT THOSE.

THANK YOU, MR. ZELICH.

YOUR COOPERATION HAS BEEN DULY NOTED.

IF THERE'S ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP...

Narrator: ZELICH OFFERS NOTHING ELSE, AND INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL NO CLOSER TO FINDING LAURA SIMONSON.

Carlson: YOU'RE DEALING WITH THE FACT OF, "ALL RIGHT.

MY SISTER IS GONE, AND IS SHE IN A SITUATION SHE CAN'T GET OUT OF, AND, YOU KNOW, HOW DO YOU FIND HER?

HOW DO YOU HELP HER? WHAT DO YOU DO?"

Narrator: SEVEN MONTHS AFTER LAURA GOES MISSING, A MAINTENANCE CREW ARE WORKING ON A ROADSIDE VERGE OVER 300 MILES FROM HER HOME WHEN THEY SPOT TWO DISCARDED SUITCASES.

♪♪ THERE'S A STRONG SMELL OF DECAY.

♪♪ POLICE ARE CALLED IN.

AFTERNOON, GENTLEMEN. WHAT DO WE HAVE?

Narrator: DETECTIVE JEFF RECKNAGEL FROM THE WALWORTH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS ASSIGNED THE CASE.

[ EXHALES SHARPLY ] OKAY.

BEST PREPARE OURSELVES.

IT WAS HORRIFIC.

I MEAN, THE SMELL THAT CAME FROM THEM, THE FLY ACTIVITY THAT CAME FROM THEM, WAS VERY INTENSE.

♪♪

[ FLIES BUZZING ]

WHEN I OPENED UP THE SUITCASE, THERE WAS A BLACK GARBAGE BAG INSIDE OF IT, AND PROTRUDING THROUGH THE BLACK GARBAGE BAG WAS THE RIGHT HAND OF, WHAT I BELIEVE, WAS AN ADULT WOMAN.

HER FINGERNAILS WERE ALL PAINTED PINK.

ALL RIGHT.

I'M GONNA NEED ALL OF THIS TAPED OFF, AND I NEED FORENSICS DOWN HERE TO TAKE PHOTOS RIGHT AWAY.

♪♪ Narrator: CRIME-SCENE TECHNICIANS DISCOVER THE TWO SUITCASES CONTAIN TWO DIFFERENT BODIES.

BOTH ARE NAKED AND HAVE THEIR HANDS TIED WITH ROPES.

[ POLICE RADIO CHATTER ]

IT WAS VERY SAD TO SEE THAT TWO HUMAN BEINGS WERE BEING DISCARDED IN THIS MANNER.

IT WAS HORRIFIC.

Narrator: BUT THE BODIES ARE ALREADY GIVING UP THEIR CLUES.

ONE HAS DISTINCTIVE TATTOOS.

♪♪ REMARKABLY, THE INK FOR THESE TATTOOS WERE IN VERY GOOD SHAPE STILL, AND I COULD PRETTY CLEARLY READ THEM AND TAKE PICTURES OF THEM.

♪♪ Narrator: TO IDENTIFY THE BODY, PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE TATTOOS ARE SENT TO POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

♪♪

♪♪

[ Ringing ]

[ CELLPHONE RINGS ]

HELLO?

HI, NIKI.

IT'S LEE HOLLATZ CALLING.

OH, IS THERE ANY NEWS?

Carlson: I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM SERGEANT HOLLATZ, AND HE SAID THAT THERE WERE TWO BODIES THAT WERE FOUND IN WISCONSIN AND WANTED TO KNOW IF MY SISTER HAD ANY TATTOOS AND WHERE THEY WERE AND WHAT WERE THEY.

YEAH, UH... SHE HAD TATTOOS.

HER DAUGHTERS' NAMES AND DATES OF BIRTH.

I HATE TO TELL YOU THIS...

BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THEY FOUND LAURA'S BODY IS WISCONSIN.

♪♪

[ Voice breaking ] OKAY, THANK YOU.

♪♪ I ALWAYS FOUND HER, AND I ALWAYS THOUGHT I WOULD AND, YOU KNOW, WAS...

HEARTBROKEN WHEN I COULDN'T.

♪♪ Simonson: [ Voice breaking ] I COULD NEVER JUST GO AND LAUGH WITH MY MOM AND MAKE JOKES.

[ SOBS ]

I CAN'T HAVE ANYTHING WITH HER NO MORE.

Hollatz: A VERY SAD STORY, A VERY VULNERABLE HUMAN BEING.

♪♪ SHE WAS A KIND SOUL.

WHY DID SHE DESERVE THIS, YOU KNOW?

[ POLICE RADIO CHATTER ]

SO THAT'S, YOU KNOW, KIND OF WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH MY MIND.

Narrator: WITH THE DISCOVERY OF THE TWO BODIES IN WISCONSIN, JEFF RECKNAGEL TAKES RESPONSIBILITY OF LAURA SIMONSON'S CASE FROM LEE HOLLATZ.

QUICK ENOUGH. THEY GOT TO GO FASTER.

HIS FIRST PRIORITY IS GATHERING FORENSIC EVIDENCE FROM THE SCENE.

ONE OF THE DNA ANALYSTS WAS ASSIGNED TO DO THE DNA STUDY ON THIS CASE TOOK ONE OF THE ROPES, AND SHE UNRAVELED ONE OF THE KNOTS ON THE ROPE.

WHEN THEY DID A TESTING OR A SWABBING FROM THE AREA THAT WAS PROTECTED BY THAT KNOT, THAT'S WHERE THEY FOUND DNA.

Narrator: BUT THIS DNA IS NOT FROM LAURA NOR THE JANE DOE BODY FOUND BESIDE HER.

WE HAD SOMETHING TO GO ON FINALLY.

THAT WAS HUGE.

♪♪

Narrator: DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING THE MURDER OF LAURA SIMONSON HAVE JUST MADE A CRITICAL DISCOVERY.

AN UNKNOWN DNA PROFILE IS COLLECTED FROM A JANE DOE FOUND IN A SUITCASE BESIDE HER.

DO YOU HAVE SOME RESULTS FOR ME?

THANK YOU.

INSIDE THE ROPE, THEY FOUND STEVEN ZELICH'S DNA.

♪♪ STEVEN ZELICH.

THERE IS NOW A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN THE TWO DISCARDED BODIES AND THE MAN KNOWN ONLINE AS MR. HANDCUFFS.

WE HAVE OUR PERSON. THIS IS OUR GUY.

♪♪ OFFICER, YOU CAN STEP OUT.

THANK YOU.

HE DID NOT DISPLAY SIGNS OF WHAT I WOULD CONSIDER JUST, LIKE, NORMAL EMOTION.

THANKS FOR COMING IN, STEVEN.

LOOK, I ALREADY TOLD YOU GUYS ALL I KNOW.

OH, YEAH?

WELL, UM...

THERE'S BEEN SOME DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CASE.

WE FOUND TWO BODIES --

YOUNG WOMEN STUFFED IN SUITCASES BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, AND GUESS WHAT ELSE WE FOUND.

YOUR DNA.

Narrator: CONFRONTED WITH INSURMOUNTABLE EVIDENCE, ZELICH BEGINS TO TALK.

SO I MET THIS GIRL.

WE'VE BEEN CHATTING ON THIS BONDAGE SITE CALLED COLLARME.COM.

HE TALKED VERY MONOTONE WITH US, VERY, "THIS IS WHAT I DID.

THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED."

HER NAME WAS JENNY, PRETTY GIRL.

JENNY HAVE A SECOND NAME?

JENNY GOMEZ, GAMEZ...

JENNY GAMEZ, I THINK.

Narrator: FINALLY, THE DETECTIVES HAVE A POSSIBLE NAME FOR THE JANE DOE BODY DISCOVERED NEXT TO LAURA SIMONSON.

AND THERE'S A MATCH TO A 19-YEAR-OLD GIRL MISSING FROM OREGON SINCE 2012.

♪♪ SHE WANTED TO TRAVEL AND FIGURE OUT WHAT IT IS THAT JENNY WANTED IN LIFE AND WHO SHE WAS AS A PERSON.

SO SHE TOOK OFF AND NONE OF US REALLY THOUGHT ANYTHING OF IT.

SHE'LL GET A HOLD OF US WHEN SHE WANTS TO, WHEN SHE'S READY TO.

Narrator: WHAT JENNY DIDN'T TELL HER FAMILY WAS THAT SHE WAS MESSAGING ZELICH ON A BONDAGE WEBSITE AND ARRANGED TO MEET.

ZELICH DESCRIBES HOW HE AND JENNY HAD A B.D.S.M. SESSION WHERE HE PERFORMED BREATHPLAY, A CHOKING TECHNIQUE THAT CONTROLLED HER BREATHING.

I WAS WRAPPING A ROPE AROUND HER NECK.

[ GAGGING ]

AND DURING THAT, HE CLAIMED THAT HE WENT TOO FAR.

AND SHE STOPPED BREATHING, AND SHE DIED.

THEN WE BEGAN TO TALK ABOUT LAURA SIMONSON.

I PICKED LAURA UP, DROVE HER TO THE HOTEL IN ROCHESTER.

WE WERE IN OUR ROOM DURING THE SESSION.

AGAIN, HE SAID THAT HE LOST CONTROL DOING BREATHPLAY, AND, ULTIMATELY, SHE STOPPED BREATHING.

LAURA STOPPED BREATHING?

LAURA WAS DEAD.

AND HE CHOSE TO PUT HER INSIDE OF A SUITCASE AND CARRIED HER OUT FROM THE ROOM TO HIS CAR.

♪♪ Narrator: THIS FOOTAGE CAPTURES THE MOMENT ZELICH SMUGGLES LAURA'S CORPSE OUT OF THE HOTEL.

♪♪ ZELICH CLAIMS THAT BOTH DEATHS WERE AN ACCIDENT, SEX GAMES THAT WENT TRAGICALLY WRONG, BUT THE ROPE HE WRAPPED AROUND HIS VICTIMS' NECKS TELLS A DIFFERENT STORY.

IT WAS ONE LONG PIECE OF ROPE, AND IT WAS WRAPPED SIX, SEVEN TIMES AROUND THEIR NECK.

IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME, SEVERAL MINUTES, FOR A PERSON TO ACTUALLY DIE WHEN THEY HAVE THAT CONSTRICTION ON THEIR NECK.

[ GAGGING ]

Narrator: ZELICH HAD TIME AND OPPORTUNITY TO STOP THE STRANGULATION.

♪♪ STEVEN ZELICH TAKES A DEAL, PLEADING GUILTY TO THE FIRST-DEGREE RECKLESS HOMICIDE OF 19-YEAR-OLD JENNY GAMEZ.

SHE'S A LITTLE GIRL.

I MEAN, SHE'S JUST A BABY COMPARED TO HIM.

HOW COULD YOU DO THAT AND THEN...

FOR IT TO HAPPEN AGAIN...

Narrator: HE LATER PLEADS GUILTY TO THE SECOND-DEGREE MURDER OF LAURA SIMONSON.

Hollatz: ZELICH'S GONNA BE IN PRISON FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

HE ISN'T GETTING OUT.

I WAS SATISFIED BECAUSE FROM THE BEGINNING, MY JOB WAS TO BRING LAURA HOME.

♪♪

[ Voice breaking ] SHE WAS BROUGHT HOME.

♪♪ IT'S NOT THE WAY WE WANTED IT, BUT... SHE WAS BROUGHT HOME.

♪♪ Narrator: IT'S LITTLE CONSOLATION TO THOSE WHO LOVED A WOMAN WHOSE VULNERABILITY WAS ABUSED BY AN ONLINE PREDATOR.

Simonson: MOMS ARE THERE TO HELP YOU WITH SO MUCH, BE THERE FOR SO MUCH, AND SHE'S NOT EVER GOING TO BE HERE AGAIN, AND, YOU KNOW, IT JUST HURTS TO SEE OTHER PEOPLE WITH A HAPPY, NORMAL LIFE.

I'LL NEVER HAVE THAT AGAIN.

THERE'S JUST SO MUCH SHE IS GONNA MISS, AND HE TOOK THAT FROM HER.