During Rowland’s trial, prosecutors offered no specific motive for the crime, but Judge Newman said the killer was “absolutely cruel.”
“It was certainly a random act of violence,” chief prosecutor Byron Gipson stated when asked by news reporters what Rowland’s motivation may have been.
This girl’s friends left her alone drunk at a bar. She called an Uber, and Nathaniel David Rowland pretended to be her Uber driver, he then kidnapped and killed her. DO NOT LEAVE UR FRIENDS AT THE BAR. IF THEY DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THEN YOU MAKE THEIR ASS LEAVE WITH YOU. https://t.co/QfWDUEZI1u
— Jessica Acosta (@allurejex) April 1, 2019
Samantha Josephson grew up in Robbinsville, New Jersey, and was born in Princeton, New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina (USC).
Josephson, a senior at the time of her death, had intended to graduate in 2019 and attend Drexel University School of Law. She received a full scholarship to Drexel University and a half scholarship to Rutgers University, with the goal of practicing international law.
During her time at USC, Josephson, a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, studied in Barcelona and traveled to Madrid and Paris. Josephson is buried in Perrineville, New Jersey’s Perrineville Jewish Cemetery.
The day after Josephson unintentionally entered the car, her roommates got concerned and reported her missing. Her corpse de ella was discovered fourteen hours after the kidnapping in a field in New Zion, Clarendon County, by turkey hunters.
According to authorities, Rowland had lately lived in the region where Josephson’s corpse was discovered. She died of several sharp force injuries, according to an autopsy. The pathologist found that she had roughly 120 stab wounds.