The Unsolved Murder Of Rhonda Hinson (1981) - Shreya Sachdev
DISCLAIMER: No disrespect is intended towards anyone that I talk about on this blog post. This blog post is for educational purposes and is being posted on this website in order to raise awareness about this case and to truly hope that the grieving families and friends of these victims find closure and finally find out what happened to their loved one(s). I have gathered all this information on the internet, but unfortunately I do not know how accurate or inaccurate it is. If I have made a mistake somewhere, then I apologize. It is not my intention to spread false information.
Rhonda Hinson was born on the 13th of December in 1962 to Bobby and Judy Hinson. She was born in North Carolina and was one of two children as she had a brother named Robert. Growing up, Rhonda was a very smart, popular, and funny girl. She was well liked by everyone and she enjoyed playing tennis. It has been said that overall she had a very happy childhood.
On the night of the 22nd of December in 1981, Rhonda was going to her first ever workplace party. She had recently graduated from high school and was working as a clerical worker. She left the party with two friends at about midnight and dropped her friends off at around 12:30. She decided to not stay with her friend, and drove back to her home (she was living with her parents) which was 10 miles from her friend’s house. At around 2:00am, Rhonda’s mother woke up after she had a strange dream in which Rhonda had actually been in an accident. Rhonda’s mother woke up her husband and told him about the dream, so they both checked a police scanner to see if any news about a car accident had appeared. There was no news about a car accident, but there was news about a homicide and unfortunately Rhonda was the victim. Her car was found lying on the side of the highway about 1.5 miles away from her home. It was found half in a ditch and half on the street, and the driver’s side door was open when it was found. Rhonda’s body was found nearby when police saw that she was lying on her back with her arms positioned in a way that looked as if someone had purposely placed them that way. It was later determined that Rhonda had died from one shot of a high powered rifle.
When police started their investigation, they found that Rhonda had been acting extremely strange in the weeks leading up to her murder. Usually, she was very comfortable driving herself around to work or the mall, but in the weeks leading up to her murder she had asked her father to drive her around everywhere. She also told her father that she had some bad news to tell him, but then never actually ended up telling him. Even stranger, in a conversation she had with her mother, she had asked her mother if there was every a right time to sleep with a married man. Her mother had no idea why Rhonda was asking this kind of question, as she did not think that Rhonda was seeing anyone that was much older than she was. Rhonda was also suffering from insomnia and would often take showers in the middle of the night stating that she always felt dirty.
A few witnesses came forward and said that they may have seen something on the night of Rhonda’s murder. A woman said that around 12:15 to 12:30 she was driving on the highway and saw two males in a blue car sitting on the side of the highway. Their car was parked in the same exit that Rhonda would eventually use to come back home. The same car was spotted just 40 minutes before Rhonda’s murder and just 200 meters away from where Rhonda’s body was found. Another witness said that later that morning, he saw a similar blue car speeding away from where Rhonda was murdered and as he continued up the road, he saw Rhonda’s car in the same spot that her body was later found. The witness also said that he saw Rhonda herself sitting in the driver’s seat slumped over the steering wheel and saw a man standing by the driver seat’s door. Since then, there have been hundreds and hundreds of people that have been brought in and questioned, but unfortunately nothing has came of it and the case still remains unsolved. There is a reward of 20,000$ for any information about who Rhonda’s killer is. Even with this incentive, there has been absolutely no more information gathered about the case.
Which theory do I believe?
I think it’s clear that Rhonda was sleeping with a married man, and this man was the one who killed her. I believe that he killed her because she either wanted to end the relationship and he wasn’t handling it well, or she got pregnant and he decided to kill her. Personally, I believe that Rhonda soon found out that it was not okay for her to sleep with a married man and to break up a family, so she told this man that she wanted to end the relationship with him. This explains why she asked her mother if it was ever okay to sleep with a married man, and even told her father that she had some bad news to tell him. It also makes sense why she was taking showers in the middle of the night since she believed that she shouldn’t have been sleeping with him and that’s why she felt so dirty. When Rhonda told this man that she didn’t want to see him anymore, he started threatening her which is why she asked her father to drive her around everywhere. When Rhonda decided to take the bold step to drive herself in the middle of the night to a party, the man took his chance and killed her.
Bibliography & Credit: Fiori, Bella, director. The Case Of Rhonda Hinson. YouTube, YouTube, 17 Dec. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcuSlgHuvDc.