Rumors swirled around the Simsbury, Connecticut murder of 54 year old Melissa Millan in 2014. The divorced mother of two children was recently divorced and a high level insurance executive at the Mass Mutual Insurance Company. Some people thought her ex-husband was responsible, however, that was ruled out by police quickly. Others thought her line of work had something to do with her death. Rumors swirled around regarding a professional hit job to prevent her from talking to authorities about financial crimes going on at her place of employment. No evidence could be found supporting the claims. Still Police were baffled as to who committed the murder with a just one stab of a knife to Millan’s chest as she jogged on a road near the downtown.
Answers would come years later when a 27 year old man accompanied by fellow members of a religious group that he was part of came to the Simsbury Police Department. The suspect felt he couldn’t live with his deadly secret anymore. William Winters Leverett, formerly of Colorado would lead police to evidence in the house where he was living that proved he was the one responsible.
Police don’t know much about this dangerous person except that he went by the name of Wadada. They also know that he is responsible for the brutal rape and attempted murder of a 17 year old University of New Mexico college student on December 7th, 1988 in Albuquerque. The student nearly died from her injuries but identified the transient Wadada as her attacker.
Wadada left the area and has never been seen since. He was described as being five foot seven to five foot nine (170 to 175 centimeters) with a thin build at the time. He was fluent in the Spanish language but was said to have an accent that may have been from a French Caribbean island or Ethiopian. Wadada has several features that make him very recognizable. He has deformed right arm in which the hands for a claw shape (bent). His hands have burn scars on the front and back of them. Wadada claimed he was born in Guyana and that he lived in various areas such as Santa Fe, New Mexico; Miami, Florida; and Brooklyn, New York. He often survived by befriending people and asking for money and living arrangements. He considers himself an artist and has used that to support himself financially and through the kindness of strangers. For more information about this case please click here.