New DNA evidence connects a man named as a suspect in the popular “serial” podcast murder to the murder of another woman in 1996
- Ronald Lee Moore was named as a possible suspect in the 1999 strangulation of Hae Min Lee – the murder in the middle of the true crime podcast
- Now new DNA evidence has linked Moore to a separate strangulation from 1996
- In 2013, Moore was again associated in 1999 with a murder of a woman strangled in her apartment
- Moore committed suicide in 2008 while spending time in prison for burglary
- Hae Min Lee’s boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was eventually convicted of her murder – but maintained his innocence
- The fact that Moore is now credibly linked to two other strangling deaths may reinforce Syed’s claims that did not kill Min Lee
Ronald Lee Moore is believed to be responsible for the death of Shawn Marie Neal, who was strangled in June 1996. He is portrayed in a mugshot taken shortly before his suicide in 2008
New DNA evidence has linked a man in the popular ‘serial’ podcast to another murder case that took place more than two decades ago.
Ronald Lee Moore is now believed to have been responsible for the death of 23-year-old Shawn Marie Neal, an escort who was strangled in a South Carolina flat in June 1996.
During a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, the police said technological progress helped to find samples of Moore’s DNA on a mattress and towels taken from the crime scene.
Moore – who committed suicide in 2008 while being held for unrelated burglary acts – was named as a potential suspect in a separate murder three years later.
Shawn Marie Neal, 23, was strangled in a South Carolina flat in June 1996. Her death had amazed investigators for more than two decades – but new DNA evidence has linked Moore to the crime scene
That case – the murder of high school student Hae Min Lee in Baltimore in 1999 – formed the basis for “Serial,” the podcast that became a global phenomenon when it was released in 2014.
Strangely enough, Min Lee was strangled, just like Neal. Moore was also based in Baltimore at the time of the death of Min Lee.
Min Lee’s boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was eventually convicted of her murder – but he continued to protest against his innocence while serving a life sentence.
Back in 2013 – five years after his suicide – Moore was also mentioned as the likely culprit of a new murder in 1999 involving a woman from Baltimore.
Annelise Hyang Suk Lee, 27, was found strangled in her apartment.
The fact that Moore is now credibly suspected of strangling two other women to death could increase speculation that he – and not Adnan Syed – was responsible for killing Hae Min Lee.
Moore was named Moore as a potential suspect in the 1999 strangulation of Hae Min Lee (left). Her friend Adnan Syed (right) was eventually convicted of her murder, but has always maintained his innocence.
Could he have killed Hae Min Lee? The fact that Moore (depicted in an old mugshot on the right) is now credibly suspected of strangling two other women to death could increase speculation that he – and not Adnan Syed – was responsible for killing Hae Min Lee (left )
Meanwhile, the police said when they announced that Moore was linked to the murder of Shawn Marie Neal on Wednesday to inform her family.
According to her family, Neal had been working in South Carolina for an escort service.
It is said that Neal met a man named “Don Gibbons” in North Myrtle Beach, and her friend later called the police to report that she had not returned after the meeting.
The police later learned that “Don Gibbons” was a fake name and obtained DNA samples from an unknown person on Neal’s clothing. However, there was no party at the time and the matter became cold.
In 2017, more than 21 years later, the police reopened the case. As part of the research, they took new samples of towels and a mattress from the scene, and were able to walk through a DNA database. Moore came as a competition.
The detectives then tested the DNA sample of Neal’s clothing against that of Moore and discovered a match in the same way.
Law enforcement is now investigating whether he was responsible for more crimes.
According to her family, Neal had been working in South Carolina for an escort service