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Betsy Aardsma

The Pennsylvania Murder Mystery

Betsy Aardsma

"Somebody better help that girl"

In November 1969, student Betsy Aardsma had returned early to Penn State University during Thanksgiving to finish researching for an English paper. She went to the university library, where she entered the stacks to locate a book. Not long after an unknown man told the desk clerk something about a girl needing help. Betsy was found soon afterwards, collapsed on the floor, suffering from an apparent seizure. She died before the paramedics arrived and it was only after she was taken to hospital that doctors realised someone had stabbed her in the heart. Investigators were then looking for a brutal and callous killer who left very little clues as to their identity.

22-year-old Betsy Ruth Aardsma was studying English at Penn State University and had a very bright future ahead of her. She was came to the area to follow her boyfriend David Wright who was a pre-med student at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. Having spent thanksgiving break with her boyfriend, she returned early on November 28, 1969 to do research for an English paper and Betsy and her roommate Sharon Brandt walked together to the campus library at around 4pm. When they got there Sharon went off separately whilst Betsy headed to the basement where the chief bibliographer’s office was located. After this she went back up to the second floor and entered the stacks at 4:45pm. Around this time two unknown men walked over to the library desk clerk and one said, “Somebody better help that girl” and promptly left the building.

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