The year was 1975 and in the microfilm archives at the Hughes Main Library in Greenville there's a story about three girls found dead. And although the headline seems like old news to many, Clemilee Smith remembers it like it just happened.
"I got her picture right there on the table," Smith said.
Back in September 1975, her daughter, 16-year-old Kathy Smith, and her daughter's friend, 17-year-old Cynthia Jones, went to a Greenville High School football game at Sirrine stadium.
Later, witnesses saw them at a lounge and restaurant off Anderson Road, but then they disappeared. Another girl was missing too - Rhonda Adams, 18.
"Every time I hear about a child getting killed, I know how the parents feel," Smith said.
That's because a month later, a man spotted a body floating in the Reedy River. It was Kathy Smith and later they found Jones and Adams.
"He shaved their hair and he raped them and he drugged them and he threw them in the river and left them there to die," Smith said.
Investigators arrested Charles Williams, who used aliases known as Charles McCrary and Goldie. A judge later sentenced him to three life sentences.
"Killing him wouldn't have brought her back," Smith said.
Williams has a parole hearing scheduled for July 11. Smith said she doesn't miss any of them and said it's her way of making sure Williams stays locked up.
"I just don't want to see him get out and do that to somebody else."
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