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>> tonight, "20/20," taking you inside the twisted trail of clues. a wedding invitation, a pizza delivery. >> it's beyond diabolical. >> and a manhunt that turned into a boyhunt. >> nobody knows who this guy is. >> everything is going crazy, i'm freaking out. >> but what about sam's neighbors? are the song birds about to start singing on each other? >> don't, down, down. >> are they sticking to the script, or going off it? way off? >> yes, i saw the body. is that what you want to hear? >> tonight, you'll hear the truth in apartment 410.
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>> and i'm elizabeth vargas. imagine you're living in an apartment complex. >> a family struggling with the loss of their beautiful young daughter. that's just the start of the mystery. and tonight, all eyes on what happens next. life or death, for the villain? here's jim avila. >> reporter: she is the picture of today's american girl. an immigrant's daughter. dancer, college student, and free spirit, julie kibuishi. born in southern california, thriving in the golden sunshine, respecting her japanese heritage but thoroughly embracing what it means to be 23 along the beaches and freeways of the o.c., sun-soaked orange county, california. >> i would say julie is definitely an all-american japanese girl. she liked to sometimes bow, just for kindness. >> reporter: kindness. that's the word you hear over and over to describe julie.
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could be her undoing. >> 911. >> there's a body in my son's apartment. >> is it female or male? >> female. >> reporter: it couldn't be julie -- could it? the innocent, lively, creative young woman with a big circle of friends, most of them known well by her parents. >> and her friends and the people she hung out with, never any danger. >> no. >> reporter: nothing really for a mother to worry about. >> my kids, they didn't go anywhere that they should not go. >> reporter: but mom had never met the new man in julie's life, 26-year-old sam herr, older and much more experienced in the world. julie meets him at community college. he's a handsome combat vet, even a hero, with bradley cooper looks who served in afghanistan and is now home in orange county pursuing his college degree and a little fun along the way. larger than life, gregarious,
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like. >> i will be taping this for my mommy back home. >> big strong guy, happy-go-lucky, um, you know, just a big galoof. >> reporter: larry gonzales grew close to sam in the military, calls him brother and was in the trenches of afghanistan with him at camp keating, a remote outpost under constant fire. >> it can range anywhere from half an hour to hours. >> reporter: and all those months on the front lines had an effect on sam herr. like too many of our returning soldiers, he showed signs of ptsd. reuben salas is a marine combat veteran and one of sam's best friends. >> he'll have those nightmares. >> reporter: that's got to be pretty scary, huh? >> for him, it was very traumatic. >> reporter: two outgoing 20-somethings from different worlds now living the life in southern california. julie, the passionate dancer with enough talent to be
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orange county school of the arts, where cindy peca-dolan taught her for five years. >> she was very compassionate and warm, and talented as well, very fun to watch onstage. >> reporter: it is the same school where "glee" star matthew morrison learned his craft. everybody wants a thrill >> reporter: take a look at julie in performance. athletic, flexible, dynamic. >> reporter: julie wasn't just artistic, she was smart. sam was struggling. they met in anthropology class, so she volunteers to tutor him. sam's parents steve and raquel herr say julie and sam were good for each other. >> she looked up to him. and she was very good at tutoring him in anthropology. and he got an "a" in that class. >> reporter: and they were friends, right? >> i said, "sam, is there anything going on with you and julie?" and he says, "absolutely not, dad.
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>> what's going on, sir? >> reporter: but on this spring night in the o.c., kid sister is in big trouble in sam herr's apartment. >> there's a what? >> a body, a dead body. >> a dead body? are you sure, sir? >> man, im sure. she's cold. >> reporter: julie's lifeless body is sprawled across the bed. that's sam's dad steve making the breathless 911 call. >> sam was supposed to come to our house for the weekend. saturday came, we hadn't heard from sam. and throughout the day, i was calling his phone. but his phone would just -- it was off. and sam never turned his phone off. and i said, "honey, i'm going to drive on down to sam's. make sure everything is okay." and i had the key to his apartment. i walked in. and everything was neat, everything was clean. i looked around. i called, "sam." nobody. >> is it your son's apartment? >> yes, yes. she's in the bedroom. it looks like there was some sexual activity.
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there's blood from her head. >> i knew she was dead. but i could see -- unfortunately, i hate to say -- the clothes were ripped off. >> does your son know who it is? >> no, he's not here. jesus, honey. >> reporter: you walk into his apartment -- >> correct. >> reporter: and there's a dead woman there. >> correct. >> reporter: what's going through your mind? >> initial thought is, sam, what happened? what happened? what -- what -- what did you do? >> reporter: but sam, who outwitted and survived the taliban in afghanistan, was not around to answer. he was suddenly, unexpectedly off the grid. >> the motive for the murder is still not known. >> samuel herr hasn't been seen. >> reporter: police have issued an all points bulletin for sam herr, a combat veteran suffering from flashback nightmares. >> ptsd is very -- very much in the back of our minds. >> reporter: so you knew he knew how to use a weapon? >> correct. that's why the armed and dangerous comes in where he's missing. and there's a possibility that he has weapons with him. >> reporter: so everything that you heard about him pointed to sam as being the guy.
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that it was not sam. >> reporter: back at the crime scene, her cell phone is constantly beeping with text messages. her taylor swift ringtone alerting the cops to its presence. her mother june is searching for the good daughter who never is out of touch. >> i don't know even know how many times i text her. and, "are you still asleep or are you --" you know, "are you okay?" and no respond. and then i started to think, "what's going on?" >> reporter: when we come back, what the killer writes on her back that points to a love triangle. was julie caught between two lovers? >> obviously there's a dead woman in my son's apartment and he's missing. i get it. you know, the -- all the suspicions are going to be on him. >> reporter: stay with us. it's time to dance freely thanks to new pampers cruisers
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couple of books, a combat how-to and the other on the wonders of sex. out back, a barbecue on the patio. everything neat and in its place, and on the counter, a wedding invitation for sam's downstairs neighbors, his good friends -- actors dan wozniak and rachel buffet. >> now, costa mesa police have released a photo and vehicle description hoping to locate a 26-year-old man suspected of killing. >> reporter: costa mesa, in the heart of orange county, a city of just over 100,000. it averages just two murders a year. but on this may night with a half moon rising, lieutenant ed everett and detective jose morales walk into what looks like a slam dunk of a murder case. >> i was thinking a potential love triangle. right as you walk in to that doorway, you can see julie's body positioned on the bed. >> reporter: and what was the condition of her body? >> she had one gunshot wound -- top center of the head.
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>> reporter: a tiara. when julie is murdered, she is wearing a crown. it was one of the happiest nights of her life. julie's mother june last saw her daughter as she practically bounding out the door. >> his fiancee asked her to become a bridesmaid. she gave her the tiara. special for her too, right? >> yes. she didn't want to take it off. >> reporter: it was getting late on that special night. she hadn't intended on seeing sam. but he was texting her text messages that were still on her phone when police found it near her body in sam's apartment. >> the text messages were very important. >> reporter: sam texts he is out helping his downstairs neighbor dan wozniak. the actor buddy, short on funds, getting married and freaking out over how he'll pay for his wedding. helping dan, then headed to folks for weekend. but less than two hours later, sam seems suddenly in distress.
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tonight at midnight alone. very upset. need to talk. then, "jesus, i really just want to talk. i need someone i trust." julie responds, "i'm here for you like family." and those were not the only messages on the night she was murdered. police discover another more vile text. this one handwritten by the killer on julie's body. >> there was a message written on the back of her sweater. >> and as cleaned up as you can, what was the message? >> it was "f" you, all yours. >> reporter: the working police theory -- >> we looked at the phone and thought, "okay, maybe he's drinking, using drugs, and there was an incident and he just snapped and, you know, sexually assaulted her and -- and, you know, wound up killing her and then fled. >> reporter: now they just have to find sam. >> police say the 26-year-old has disappeared. neighbors say his bicycle sits outside his apartment but his vehicle is gone. >> his passport was missing.
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>> reporter: orange county senior deputy district attorney matt murphy is supervising the case from the first call, and says there is little mystery here. >> i'm looking at everything going, come on, guys, this is obvious. you know, you're going to find sam, he's going to be our killer. >> reporter: the final clue for police and murphy. a big red flag. sam herr, the war hero's background check. >> he's been in big trouble before. he was arrested for murder, he was tried for murder. >> reporter: a murder charge points to sam. >> squarely, absolutely. it points, with a, with a neon sign. >> reporter: turns out sam had been accused as a very young man of luring a friend to a parking lot where he was killed by some gang members. the charges didn't stick, he was acquitted, but if you are a cop investigating a murder -- >> we thought, "okay, if he has this -- he's predisposed and maybe he did it again." >> reporter: two days after julie's body is found, the big break when the banks open monday. sam herr is leaving a digital
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and his father steve, who is convinced his son could not be the murderer is conducting his own parallel investigation. >> at 11:59, 12:05. >> reporter: not looking for a killer, just looking for his son, the herrs believe sam may be a victim himself. this is your investigative box. investigative box. >> reporter: steve shares a bank account with sam, where his son saved $62,000 in combat pay. he's first to notice his son may have disappeared. but his debit card is not too far away. >> i went on the computer, and i saw there was activity. so i assumed either sam or somebody was using it. in long beach. >> reporter: that's just 20 miles away. and when he gets to the bank, hanging around fruitlessly at the atm for hours, steve sees a bank alert. his son's card is being repeatedly used at another long beach location. ecco's pizza. >> so i went there, went to the pizza place.
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sat there for an hour. >> reporter: no luck. but the cops now have the same information, and they have the edge on steve, because they have access to those little cameras above the atm machines. >> the bank sent us these videos -- it was a day or two later. and then we were surprised, who is this kid? >> it's not sam. his parents don't know who it is. nobody knows who this guy is. >> reporter: a pizza loving, baseball cap wearing stranger is draining sam's bank account. an accomplice? a kidnapper? a killer? stay with is a live photo of a cat. live photos are more than just photos. they come alive when you touch them. and then they go back to still when you let go. so every time you take a picture, you get more than just a photo. you get to relive the moment. because it teleports you through space and time. i'm kidding.
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mystery man, or more accurately -- a mystery boy. >> we were surprised, like, oh, okay, who's this kid? >> reporter: great question. and to answer it, you have heard of follow the money, how about follow the pepperoni? the cops are hungry to crack the case. and they know from the bank records their suspect is just hungry. >> a pizza's been delivered to a certain address in the city of long beach. >> reporter: a police copter overhead, undercover cops watching the pizza house. police think finally, they may have found sam herr's hideout. >> i hear this helicopter circling. i'm like, what's going on? >> reporter: recognize him? you've already seen this kid. his name? wesley freilich, the baseball-capped teen in those pictures taken at the atm. the 16-year-old skateboarder, now at the center of a full-on s.w.a.t. team, helicopter-hovering raid,
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a few friends are, you guessed it, half into a large pepperoni pie. >> i open the door and that's when they say, don't move. sir, come here immediately. get on the ground. >> wesley was trying to be a tough guy in front of his friends. as we explained the gravity of the situation, that a murder was involved in this case, he had a change of demeanor, started crying. >> i'm [ bleep ] myself. everything's going on crazy. i'm freaking out. i'm being questioned about this whole withdrawing money from the atm. >> reporter: police quickly figure wes is not the murderer. but where's sam? >> the police go inside. my mom's door to her bedroom is shut and locked, and the police are assuming that he's in there. >> so we forced entry into that room to search it. >> reporter: sam is not there, but his missing atm card is. time for young wesley to answer a few questions. >> i immediately told them everything. i said, this is what happened. >> reporter: turns out, the atm runs for sam's cash were not
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he had a trusted friend, an older guy his mom, lorrie, met in community theater. >> oh, he's a cool-- he's a cool kind of cat that i would like to groove with. >> reporter: that cool cat is none other than dan wozniak. remember him? he's sam's broke, downstairs neighbor. they hang out together at the apartment jacuzzi, and now dan is about to be married. he's currently starring in a local production of the musical "nine." >> see what i mean? >> reporter: wes tells the authorities, dan gave him sam's atm card and pin number and fed him a story about using that card to collect money sam herr owed him. a scheme only a 16-year-old with a hankering for free pizza might believe. >> yeah. he had an actual folder of paperwork, saying that this was all legal, good to go and all they need to do is withdraw the money and make sure i wore a hat and glasses.
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drive from mom's house around the corner and down the block to the chase atm. where's he parked? >> he's parked over there in that parking lot. >> reporter: so he can see what you're doing? >> yes. the cameras aren't seeing him, but the cameras are seeing me. >> reporter: he rolls over to the atm on his skateboard. but at the machine, young wes has a little trouble. >> i skate across and come here and i put the card in and gave me the pin. >> reporter: back at the car, wes says dan is jumpy. >> the first reaction actually was why'd i take so long and i told him first time using an atm, so i don't exactly know what i'm doing. >> reporter: he knew enough to withdraw $400. and over the next few days, similar amounts that he turned over to dan wozniak, who has rapidly become a suspect in the disappearance of sam herr, and a person of interest who may know how julie kibuishi died.
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dan in? >> yes, it is. >> i had detective morales call daniel using a ruse of, hey, we need you to come down. and dan said he wasn't available. he was at his bachelor party. >> reporter: the herrs and kibuishis are waiting for answers. but dan is busy and blows off the cops. >> these families, they're experiencing the worst grief that a family could experience. at that moment daniel wozniak's on his way to his bachelor party. >> reporter: he won't come to them. so they go to him. >> dan wozniak was there with a couple of his friends and immediately when he saw me, you could see the blood drain from his face. he turned pale and immediately looked down. >> he says, i'm going to tell you everything. i'm sick of covering for sam. i'm sick of covering for him. i'm going to tell you everything. >> reporter: are sam and dan in cahoots? where is sam? one thing we know, there will be no celebration on this night for dan wozniak. he's under arrest and headed to the interrogation room -- and so are we.
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"20/20" continues, with mystery in apartment 410. >> reporter: a murder case with a shakespearean twist. the affable baritone who sang musicals by day is in handcuffs tonight.
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just loved him. here you are acting together? >> yeah, this is -- >> reporter: wesley's mom lorrie freilich often performed with dan wozniak. >> he was just such a fun guy. he was fun. he was a good actor. >> reporter: the man who in between acts was planning his wedding and apparently draining his buddy sam's bank account to do it. >> reporter: did he have money problems? >> always had money problems. you know, constantly going from one job to another. >> hi, my name is daniel wozniak, i'll be playing the role of -- >> reporter: money is a constant dilemma for dan. he's about to marry rachel buffet. here she is as his co-star in that musical "nine." dan had no full time job and now he is in full-blown crisis. needing to finance his wedding and honeymoon. just as police are picking him up from his bachelor party and taking him to this interrogation room. >> and daniel was sitting here in this chair.
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night of questioning about how he came to possess and then manipulate a naive teenager to use sam herr's atm card. and while we're at it, where is sam? >> i don't know. >> reporter: lieutenant everett has a prime seat in front of the monitors in the detective room. >> yeah. my role was to watch the interview and see if there's something that they may not be picking up on. >> reporter: what he sees is a performance worthy of nathan lane. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: dramatic, sometimes even over the top. >> i don't know! i'm sorry. i don't know what else you want me to say. >> reporter: but first, a little staged mea culpa -- he admits he talked young wes into being the stooge at the atm. >> he asked if it was illegal. i said, "no, no, no, don't worry." that was a lie. >> reporter: the interrogators aren't doing much interrogating at this point.
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watching the performance as the actor, working without a script, desperately looks for an ending. he tells the cops on the night of julie's murder, his play went well and afterwards he and his fiance rachel celebrated. >> i took a shower, we had sex. >> reporter: but the morning after julie is killed, the plot thickens. according to dan's story to police, there is a knock at his door. >> opened the door. it was sam. i'm like, "hey, man, what's going on? is everything good?" he's like, "not good. i did something bad." i'm like, "what did you do?" he's like, "there's a dead body in my apartment. i shot somebody. it was a fit of rage." >> reporter: that's dan's first story. he knows about julie's murder, helped sam escape, but had no hands-on role. the cops are not buying it. >> tell us the truth. you're not that good of an actor. this is your chance to clear the air.
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the screws as cops were called in the old black and white movies are done just listening. now they are tightening. >> we need to get a swab from you just to eliminate you. >> eliminate me? >> it's in your best interest. so basically just open your mouth for me. >> reporter: thinking fast, dan invents an excuse that would cover his dna being at the murder scene. >> now, i was in sam's apartment friday afternoon. >> okay. >> reporter: but then this actor without a script, moves to act two. a second version of that night, but he loses his cool and makes a critical mistake. the cops hear it. see if you do. >> yes, i saw the goddamn body. is that what you want to hear? >> no. we want to hear the truth. >> that is the truth. >> okay. how'd your dna get on her? >> because i was right over the body. >> dna doesn't just fall off. >> i don't know. >> okay. >> i didn't touch her. i didn't do anything.
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head. >> reporter: why did the two bullet holes bother you so much, that he knew that there were two bullet holes? >> because when we were in the apartment, we all looked, and it was only one visible to -- to our eyes. and then when he had mentioned he saw two gunshot wounds, i said, "well, he was there when she was shot." >> reporter: he must have seen or done with the actual two shots. >> right. he was there when she was killed. >> reporter: cue the gotcha music. dan wozniak has a lot of explaining to do now. >> you just told us you saw two bullet wounds. you were -- >> no. >> standing over her. >> no, no, no, no. okay. >> whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, stop. >> it's exactly what you said, dan. >> you can't even keep your lies straight. >> his story kept changing. i think he thought that his acting ability was going to carry him through this -- this performance, so to speak. and it wasn't doing it. >> reporter: detectives send wozniak back to his cell. with the gravity of the situation sinking in, he asks to call his fiance rachel.
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>> hi, baby. >> reporter: it's a call that will finally bring down the curtain on dan's one-man show. >> i need to make a phone call to the detective now. >> why? >> reporter: why? because rachel has found out that dan's brother tim has >> he had the murder weapon. and at some point, tim says, "hey, i got to -- i got to get rid of this. daniel's been arrested." >> reporter: rachel tells dan she is going to the cops. >> i need to call him and let him know before they catch me on this recording device because it looks like i'm not trying to tell them right away. >> then i'm doomed. >> did you know that tim had some evidence? >> yeah. oh, god. oh, god. okay. >> well, this is ridiculous and i have to go tell the detective the truth. >> no, baby, baby, tim did speak up? >> only to me so far and it was in passing. i said i'm going to the police station right now, danny's been arrested and he starts freaking out.
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that can't be found. >> no, babe, i'm going to do it. >> listen to me, listen to me, no. >> what? >> trust me, please. >> you realize they're recording this phone conversation anyways? you're being an absolute ass to try and lie again. >> and that's when he decides to let the jailer know, "hey, i need to speak to the detectives." >> reporter: up next, the final act. >> do you want to talk to us, yes or no? >> yes. >> okay. >> reporter: the chilling truth about sam herr. the war hero, from the voice of the man who knows where he is. >> it was borderline fun.
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grab a friend today and pick your faves! lemme get a mcpick 2 bada ba ba ba once again, mystery in apartment 410. as "20/20" continues. >> reporter: sunset at eisenhower beach, along southern california's riviera coast. doesn't get much better than
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it's where community theater actors dan wozniak and rachel buffet plan to marry and then honeymoon, aboard a cruise ship, right after their musical "nine" closes in a couple of days. but there has been a hiccup in their matrimonial machinations. >> eyewitness news reporter eileen frere is live in long beach with new information on this grisly case. >> reporter: dan may not make the nuptials. has a previous, but sudden -- and more pressing -- engagement with police. he's performing the final act. after 14 hours at the police station, he is about to admit that he killed not just one innocent, but two, in a macabre plot worthy of pulp fiction. >> you said you wanted to talk to me. what's going on? >> i'm crazy and i did it. >> you did what? >> i killed julie and i killed sam. >> okay. all right. >> i killed them both.
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himself a pathological liar, in a downward spiral for two years, who couldn't bear to admit to his beautiful fiancee he had no job, no money, was about to be evicted, and could not afford to marry her. but sam, his neighbor, had saved all his combat pay. and had an account that looked like "problem solved" for dan. >> $62,000 is unlimited wealth in the world of daniel wozniak. he's the perfect target. >> reporter: his war hero friend, sam, who out of kindness volunteered to help him with his wedding, was actually the first to die. dan wozniak had the cold heart of a debt collector. >> so in daniel wozniak's world, there was no problem in his mind murdering two people so he can go on a honeymoon. >> reporter: the scene of the crime? a place dan knows well, the liberty theater. backstage, beyond the lights, up in the dark, dank rafters, he lures sam to an unexpected,
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>> i went upstairs and then said we'll need to move something from the attic. >> and? >> and when he bent down, i grabbed the gun and i shot him. >> how many times? >> once and he was still alive. >> where did you shoot him at? >> the back of the head as he was kneeling down. >> uh-huh. and then the second time? >> the second time he was down. he was still talking, saying i need help. >> what did he say to you? >> i need help. something hit me. it felt like an electric shock. >> uh-huh. and then what did you do? >> i reloaded and fired again. >> reporter: and it's not over, by far. wozniak tells the interrogators -- >> if you go up the ladder from the theater, his head and hands have been decapitated. >> reporter: lieutenant everett, watching his monitors in the detective room, is about to fall over. >> and i had turned to somebody and said, did i just hear what i think i heard? >> okay. are the body parts there? >> no. >> where are they? >> the nature center in el dorado park. >> what was going on in your mind?
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laughing. >> he's laughing and smiling as he cuts off the head of this fine young man who bravely served his country so that he can go on a honeymoon? you know, it's beyond horrific. it's evil. absolutely it's evil. >> reporter: but despite all the terrible things these grizzled detectives have heard, there is something that bothers them even more. the senseless murder of an innocent near-stranger, julie kibuishi. >> julie is basically being killed to cover this thing up. and it just, i mean, it's horrific. >> reporter: and here's what you didn't know until now. after killing him, dan wozniak takes sam's phone and sends julie those urgent texts to lure her to her death. >> julie was wearing, like, a crown tiara. she had just come from her brother's. i said, well, i have a key. let's go in. >> and? >> and then said, oh, by the way, did you see this in sam's bed? and when she was leaned over i put two bullets in the back of her head. >> why did you feel you had to kill julie? what was the rationale behind
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>> seriously, to cover up sam. >> how would that cover up sam? >> to make it look like he was on the run and he did it. >> his plan is to make sam herr look like not only just a killer, but a rapist and a crook. his plan is to destroy his memory and destroy his reputation. >> the search continues here in a heavily wooded area of this park. >> we had search teams broken up into different quadrants. some went out this way, some went back here, some went in this part of the park. >> i transported them inside the backpack. i got plastic bags from mimi's cafe, put them in the backpack. >> reporter: was he able to just walk in here with a backpack full of body parts? >> he came in with just plastic trash bags and then kind of dug shallow holes and covered them with leaves and the debris that you see around. >> reporter: and what did dan do after killing two people? this is that night's wrap party for the cast and crew of "nine." center stage, a smiling wozniak. by the way, sam would have been
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the park. clearly, there was no party for the herrs on that terrible day. >> okay. it's his birthday. and i remember waking up and thinking, i'm hoping, i'm praying they find my son's head. who can write a script on that? >> reporter: sam's body was so unrecognizable it had to be identified by love. a tattoo on his chest, in honor of his parents. >> it was a heart and a rose, and it just said, mom and dad, in there. so it signified that i love you. >> right on his chest? >> right. big, very big, in -- this size. >> reporter: after the confession, the police recovered the backpack filled with evidence. sam's bloody clothes, his passport and wallet, and the gun that killed him. even with all that, he pleaded not guilty. wozniak's trial, which ended just weeks ago, was quick and to
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for the prosecution, a few witnesses, a summation, and, of course, dan's confession. >> it was all about the money. that was it. >> reporter: at the five-day trial, the defense had no opening argument. they called no witnesses. and in the closing, did not come close to using the word innocent, or ask for a not guilty verdict. the jury wasted little time. >> we the jury find the defendant, daniel patrick wozniak, guilty of the crime of murder in the first degree. >> this trial was not about whether or not he was guilty. he was guilty. >> reporter: guilty of two counts of first degree murder, but no one is leaving the courtroom. because, next, this same jury must decide the bigger question. does dan wozniak deserve to die for his crimes? and on that question, the jury and you didn't want to be deadlocked. >> it was just an agonizing
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he treated julie like trash. so the question that i ask you to answer, in your verdicts, are they? >> reporter: daniel wozniak's defense is that he is not the worst of the worst, that he is helping fellow prisoners now and deserves to live, to reform. >> he has it in him, and he's going to make a difference. is that a mitigating factor to you that warrants life? i hope so. >> reporter: back in the jury split. >> it's very different, when you are the one sitting there almost literally pulling the trigger to decide it. >> reporter: the initial vote, 10-2, death. but when the jury's thoughts turn to the surviving families, the doubt melts away. >> steve herr. the rage, the anger that he had on that stand during the penalty phase, that was just overwhelming. when they showed the photograph
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>> reporter: his life was real to you. >> absolutely, mrs. kibuishi. you know, when she's talking about her daughter being a dancer and i'm thinking about my daughters. the next thing i remember i'm sitting in my car and i'm sobbing over that testimony. >> reporter: if there is a time for a death penalty. >> this was it. >> it was not only beyond reasonable doubt, it was beyond any doubt at all. >> reporter: the final vote came quickly, in just over an hour. one of the shortest death penalty deliberations on record. the family says justice was served, 12-0. >> we the jury determine that the penalty to be imposed upon defendant daniel patrick wozniak to be death. >> i just have voted to put a man to death. and this is a really sobering moment and one i'm going to live with the rest of my life. and down in my gut, i said, can i live with this? and i said yes. >> reporter: and afterwards,
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>> it was so, so, so, so long overdue. but i can start healing. it's time. >> we feel like one closure to our nightmare chapter. >> reporter: to this day june kibuishi says her daughter's death makes her question the fundamentals of parenting. her soul now doubting that kindness always triumphs over evil. >> i tell all my kids, be nice person. kind to other people. and if they need help you should help. but that just took my daughter's life. and that just killed me. you know, just -- >> reporter: for sam herr, he escaped death in one of the most dangerous places in the world. to be killed in one of the safest.
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find peace in only one spot. you still go to the grave? >> every week. we go there, we bring chairs. i bring the newspaper. and then often i'll take a 10 or 15-minute nap. very peaceful. makes me feel good. the only time we talk is when i say, "bye, see you next week. we love you." yeah. the father's love. even though the jury has recommended the death penalty, the judge still has to affirm it. that is scheduled for next friday. and next week on "20/20," breaking point, heroin in america. take a look. >> in seven days, see it yourself. the war playing out in suburban america. parents everywhere sounding the
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young lives vanishing. prescription pain pills, and then heroin. david muir, the youngest victims. breaking point, heroin in america. >> one week from tonight, right here, how you can save a life. >> so important to watch. >> i'm david muir. >> and i'm elizabeth vargas. from all of steve: new tonight on i would his news, protesters marching through the streets of durham. tisha: a funeral for the man shot and killed by raleigh police.
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