Cold Case Files

Season 4 Episode 21

A Confession for Carmen/The Girls

Aired Unknown May 21, 2002 on A&E

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  • Like Barretta says -- if you can't do the time don't commit the crime.

    Carmen Berrocal was last seen on 4am on July 25th 1989. The 18-year-old left a friend's high school graduation party after a fight with her boyfriend. She never made it home.

    Two people walking along Cobb's Creek in North Philadelphia found her partially nude body around 10am face down in the creek. She had been viciously beaten, raped, and strangled. Semen was recovered from the body and the police began looking for likely suspects, beginning with the boyfried. He was cooperative and even gave blood and saliva samples for DNA comparison. There was no match, all leads dried up, and the case went "cold".

    Six months later, Carmen's high school class ring showed up at a local pawnshop. It was the only thing missing from her when she was found. All her classmates remembered her wearing it at the party. The pawn ticket was traced to a repairman who admitted he stole it from a house he was working on belonging to a man named Raymond Williams. Satisfied with the repairman's story upon checking, detective found that Williams lived only 3 blocks from where Carmen was last seen alive.

    However he offered no explanation for the ring and he steadfastly refused to give blood and saliva samples. A grand jury convened to compel him to do this but found insufficient evidence to warrant this action. In the meantime he pulls a life stretch for another murder. Watch as dogged detectives come up with the evidence to force a "Confession for Carmen."