The killer of ASU student Deana Lynne Bowdoin remained unknown for years. Investigators could not find the culprit until Clarence Wayne Dixon was linked to the crime through DNA evidence. Yes, you read it right. The identity of the suspect in the 21-year-old girl’s chilling murder case has been revealed. Since the news broke on the internet, the case has become the subject of debate. Everyone seems to be talking about it, trying to get the full details of the case. Let’s review the information here in this article.
According to reports, 21-year-old Deana Lynne Bowdoin was an Arizona State University senior when she was brutally murdered in her apartment in the early hours of January 7, 1978. Now, after almost a decade, the suspect’s name has been disclosed. Dixon was reportedly sentenced three decades after Deana’s death. Let us tell you that the man was the first man to be executed by Arizona since the botched execution of Joseph Wood in 2014. Clarence Wayne was sentenced to death on May 11, 2022. Let’s find out who Deana Bowdoin was and more about the case in the article below.
Who was Deana Bowdoin?
Deana Bowdoin was a 21-year-old girl pursuing a degree in marketing management from Tempe University. The girl was reportedly having dinner with her parents the night she was killed. After dinner, Deana met a friend at a nearby bar. She was reportedly last seen at 12:30 a.m., leaving to go to her apartment. She was found dead in her bedroom at 2am by her boyfriend. Speaking of Clarence Dixon, he was a former ASU student who lived across from Bowdoin.
Psychologists have determined that Dixon suffered from schizophrenia and could not even stand trial for hitting a woman in the head with a whistle in 1977. The man was reportedly admitted to Arizona State Hospital. Detectives suspect Dixon after more than 20 years of Bowdoin’s murder. In the 1990s, Tempe Police Department investigator Tom Magazzeni began investigating cases of the common cold using updated DNA technologies.
The investigator used a new nationwide database to pull together evidence from Bowdoin’s case. The police were able to expel Bowdoin’s friend after a few years. Later, in 2001, officials connected Dixon’s involvement in the case. According to the late girl’s family, she didn’t even know Clarence Dixon. Stay tuned to our website for the latest details on the case.