Betsy Wiesenfeld, 68, was murdered inside her home in Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, in May 2019, according to the Investigation Discovery documentary ‘On the Case With Paula Zahn: Text, Lies and Video.’ It took the police only a few days to apprehend the offender, but almost a year to find the victim’s body. We have information about the identity of the killer, his whereabouts and the way he was apprehended. So let’s get started, okay?
How did Betsy Wiesenfeld die?
Kathleen Graham’s mother, Elizabeth “Betsy” Ann Wiesenfeld, was a devoted mother and the adoring wife of the late William Wiesenfeld. As of May 2019, she was a resident of the Whitehall Township home in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. When she was reported missing, the 68-year-old RN was working as a nurse at SarahCare Adult Day Services, an adult day care center in Forest Hills, Pennsylvania. She had been a licensed nurse for four decades. Kathleen recalled how much her mother enjoyed being a nurse and how the profession significantly improved her quality of life.
The mother-daughter team, according to Kathleen, had a regular ritual where they texted each other in the morning to make sure they were safe. On April 30, 2019, Betsy texted as normal and her daughter went on with her day. But when she tried to call and text her mother in the afternoon but she couldn’t, she was worried. According to Kathleen, calls were going directly to voicemail and text messages were not being delivered. She called Betsy’s office worried, hoping to hear that Betsy’s mother hadn’t made it to the office.
Bee McDonough, Betsy’s manager, claimed to have known her for over ten years and that the 68-year-old always reported to the office if she was absent or late. In addition, Kathleen stressed that her mother never “didn’t call, didn’t show up” and filed a missing person report with the Whitehall County Police Department. Nearly a year later, on April 19, 2020, authorities discovered Betsy’s horribly decomposed body in a landfill near Verona, Pennsylvania. The coroner was unable to identify a formal cause of death due to extreme decomposition.
Who killed Betsy Wiesenfeld?
In the episode, Kathleen claimed that on April 30, 2019, her mother sent her a strange text that worried her. “I met someone leaving (sic) now for a week, please (sic) take care of everything in the house,” the text read. For once, I’m going to have fun. Kathleen claimed that she spoke to her mother by phone on April 29 and did not mention that she would be meeting with anyone else or that she had travel plans. When the police arrived at Betsy’s house after being reported missing, they discovered that the front door was open.
When detectives searched the bedroom and found the rug and bed had been moved, they found no evidence of forced entry. According to police sources, the bedpost and comforter had red streaks that looked like dried blood. Although Betsy’s friends and daughter said she never smoked, officers also found cigarette ashes near her bed. Her phone, purse and wallet were reported missing, and her Toyota Camry was discovered in the garage, according to the complaint report. Furthermore, it does not appear that the victim hastily packed her luggage or left.
$500 was taken from Betsy’s account after she was last heard from, cops discovered after checking her bank records. They soon discovered someone wearing a mask using her debit card after reviewing security footage. When detectives spoke with Betsy’s neighbors, such as Cathy Corrado, they knew immediately that they suspected Douglas Berry, a former handyman, felon, and possible drug user. He had worked for the victim at her Whitehall home and other rental houses, according to reports.
Betsy’s closest friends also told officers that she stopped hiring Douglas because she was afraid of him and suspected he was taking drugs. A 9mm handgun was discovered in her bedroom closet May 2 after authorities searched her van and her residence in the 2700 block of Washington Boulevard in Liberty. According to court records, Douglas was convicted of aggravated assault in 1996 in Berks County, which prevented him from legally possessing a firearm. He was detained by police on the weapons-related charge and his release request was denied while the investigation was ongoing.
The police discovered Betsy’s stolen bank card at the Douglas house along with her fingerprints. In addition, they claimed that she resembled the person who used her credit card to withdraw cash from her bank account. When detectives looked at the neighborhood security cameras on April 30 at 8:39 am, they saw Douglas’s Ford F-150 approaching Betsy’s home. Her garage door opened at 8:55 a.m. and closed at 8:58 a.m., according to ADT security records. A minute later, the Ford F-150 was seen pulling out of the driveway on video footage.
Two jailhouse informants came forward and informed authorities about Douglas’s various accusatory statements while incarcerated. One of them claims that Douglas expressed hostility towards the victim and urged him to get bail so he could “get rid of [a body]”within an hour. The other jailhouse informant claimed he had multiple in-depth conversations with Douglas during which Douglas hinted that he believed he would be charged with murder because Betsy’s body had not been found. In September 2019, he was charged with murder.
Where is Douglas Berry now?
Betsy’s daughter and other family members were still waiting for Douglas to say something about what had happened to Mom. Linda Valladares, one of her sisters, said: “I ask God, ‘Please, let the devil tell us where he is so we can have a funeral for him and say goodbye properly.'” Betsy’s friends and neighbors clung to the possibility that she might still be alive. Sadly, on April 19, 2020, a Plumb Borough Police Officer on routine patrol in Verona discovered a human foot protruding from a garbage bag, tragically ending his hopes and prayers.
Allegheny County Police Department Lt. Venerando Costa said: “He saw what appeared to be a shoe in the small tear in a garbage bag. He took a closer look at the sack and saw what appeared to be human remains. The coroner later determined that the remains were Betsy’s. In April 2022, Douglas pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree murder, robbery, larceny, and receiving stolen property. As a result of his guilty plea with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, he was sentenced to between 17 and 40 years.
In court, Douglas Berry stated: “I want everyone to know how sorry I am for the mistakes I have made. I want to apologize to Betsy’s family. Now I know how to ask for forgiveness in prayer. I apologize to Betsy and her family for not taking further action. I am not a mountain biker. The 51-year-old is completing his sentence at the Huntingdon State Correctional Institution, according to official court records.
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