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Episode #29: Betsy Aardsma - Murdered (1969)

Updated: Sep 29, 2021

Betsy Aardsma was a student at Penn State University when she was fatally stabbed in the Pattee Library. Was it a random attack? Was it an intimate friend? And furthermore, did she ever really leave the library?

Betsy Aardsma

Birth: 1946 - Death: 11/28/1969

Ethnicity: Caucasian - Sex: Female

Height: Unknown - Weight: Unknown

Hair Color: - Eye Color:

Hometown: Holland, Michigan & State College, PA

Crime Scene: Pattee Library aka Stack building (Penn State University) on level 3 (now level 1) between bookshelves 50 and 51.

Last Known Location Alive: Same as crime scene.

Injury Description: Betsy had been stabbed once through the left side of the breast plate. This one stab sliced her pulmonary artery and pierced the right ventricle of her heart.

Suspect Description: Students said that a man screamed "that girl needs help" as he ran away covering his right arm/hand with his jacket. He was described as being about 6’ tall, was wearing khakis, a tie, and a sports jacket, brown hair, about 185 pounds, and he thinks he might have had glasses on. While one student stayed with Betsy, the other student tried to follow the man out of the library. He was only able to follow him a bit and said he was heading toward the Recreation Hall when he lost his trail.

Additional Information: N/A

DNA: Unknown

Fingerprints: Unknown

If You have any information, no matter how small the detail please contact PSP at 717-783-5599 or PA Crime Stoppers at 1-800-262-3080. Remember you can always remain anonymous.



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