Based on an episode of Stalked: Someone’s Watching
Her marriage went down the drain. When she meets another man, she finds happiness again. Until her estranged husband finds out. That’s when her life takes a turn for the worse. The true story of Rachel Wilson.
She got phone calls. A screaming voice on the other end of the line.
“You stupid bitch.”
“I love you so much, I don’t want to fucking live. I hate you.”
Some of the words she had to listen to.
Back in time
In 2001, Rachel, a 21 year-old woman from Iowa, goes to work at the US Air Force. She joins because of September 11 and she wants to be in the military. She gets stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.
By 2004, she’s a divorced single mother and she juggles between the care of her child and her job.
One day she meets Darrell Wilson, 28, a mechanic, and they immediately hit if off. He has a child as well. Together they have a family of four and they also get a child of their own. For a while everything goes great.
Then Darrell starts to act unreasonably jealous and doesn’t treat her well anymore. Rachel gets suspicious. She checks his phone while he’s sleeping and discovers something shocking to her. Darrell’s the one who’s untrustworthy. His phone’s overloaded with messages between him and other women, even prostitutes. That’s it for Rachel and Darrell has to leave.
It’s not the end. They get back together, because Rachel is pregnant again. She feels she has to forgive Darrell and make her family work. After their second child is born, Darrell is anything but fun to be around. Everything seems to irritate and annoy him. He becomes verbally abusive with Rachel and the kids.
They reach december 2010 together, but Rachel’s done with this abusive marriage and she separates from him. Darrell isn’t happy, but he does accept. The co-parenting plan functions fine.
Meeting someone new
Rachel wants it to stay this way. The marriage between her and Darrell is over, as far she’s concerned.
A new man comes along, in february 2011. She meets him during a night out. Bill Simon is 23, tall and very cute looking. Rachel’s taken by his humor and his intelligence. Bill wants to make something of his life and he’s well on his way. And now he has a girlfriend too, because he and Rachel enjoy each other’s company greatly. She keeps this dating, turned into a relationship, a secret for Darrell for over a year.
He finds out in the summer of 2012 and he isn’t a happy camper.
He doesn’t accept her moving on. It was perfectly acceptable for him to cheat on her during their marriage, while they still were together. But when they separated and she found someone else later, that wasn’t acceptable to him. Then he realised, she wouldn’t take him back again. Ever. He no longer had control over her and he couldn’t let that happen.
He starts a stalking campaign.
He overflows Rachel with calls and text messages. One morning she had a total of 72 missed calls and dozens of text messages.
“Rachel, you don’t give two ***** about me. You’re all that matters to me, do you not understand?” He almost screams with a high-pitched voice.
She was beginning to, but he didn’t understand some things as well. That she factly had every right to move on, to start a new relationship.
In Darrell’s mind it never had been over. He always had in mind, they would get back together. Now she has a new man, he knows she won’t come back to him. Thus he feels rejected, abandoned and without control. A character like him can’t handle those feelings. He’s spinning out of control more and more.
He not only stalks Rachel, he starts to do the same thing to Bill. A couple of confrontations take place between the two of them. On October 28, 2012 Darrell even busts down the door at Rachel’s house, where she and Bill are celebrating Rachel’s birthday with the kids. Darrell had called shortly before, drunk, and got told definitely not to come over. Of course he didn’t listen and arrived in a blind rage. He made a big scene, threatening to kill himself with pills, screaming and wrestling with Bill he couldn’t overpower. Rachel calls 911.
It ends in the arrest of Darrell on DUI charges. After, he ends up in a mental hospital for 72 hours. He even goes that far to try to get his five-year old daughter to say Bill has sexual abused her, but that fails. Bill was outraged the seeds of this idea were being planted into the mind of a five-year old. He becomes very worried. How far is Darrell willing to go?
On december 4, it’s finally time for legal action. Despite the order of protection that Rachel gets granted to keep Darrell away, he ignores it at least eight times in the following weeks. They also had wanted one for Bill, but because he didn’t have relations with Darrell before, it doesn’t happen.
Although Rachel calls the police every time Darrell violates the emergency order, the police can’t find him to make an arrest.
December 21, Rachel and her boyfriend are sleeping.
They wake up in the early hours of the morning because someone is in their bedroom, screaming at them.
‘Wake up, fuck heads!’
Startled they sit up in their bed and see Darrell standing there, with a gun. Before they can get out of bed and get themselves to safety, Darrell fires the gun and shoots Bill. Then he pulls Rachel off the bed by her hair. They struggle for the gun and Rachel gets shot in the hand. Darrell makes sure Rachel can’t get away or do anything to prevent him firing at Bill again. He shoots him twice in the head.
Rachel hears Bill making loud breathing noises, he’s still alive. Thank god!
The next moment she gets dragged downstairs and out of the house, still threatened by the gun. Darrell forces her in his car and rapes her with the gun to her temple.
When he’s done with her, he posts a message on Facebook stating he just has raped his wife, killed her boyfriend and now is going to kill himself. Someone who sees that message calls 911. When the police arrives, they flash their lights. Darrell gets distracted and Rachel is able to flee. Before the police can get to Darrell, he has jumped in his car and taken off. During the wild chase, near the Oklahoma River, Darrell shoots himself and he crashes the car into a bridge, with a 120 miles per hour speed. He’s dead.
Unfortunately, so is Bill. The police finds him dead in the bedroom.
Rachel is devastated. His dead weighs heavily on her.
“Bill wouldn’t have been dead if he didn’t know me. Bill’s dead because of me and that’s an enormous burden.”
Of course it isn’t her fault. It’s all Darrell’s.
From her point of view, it’s her feeling and she can’t help but feel guilt.
No one, no word, can ease that for her.
One year later
Rachel tries to move on, she has her children to take care for, but it’s a struggle.
After what she’s been through, that’s really tough.
She moved away from Oklahoma and went to live closer to her family.
Her strength and her children will probably help her go on, but she never can completely recover from the psychological scars.
The pictures in the above image are stills from the program and belong to the rightful owners.
The image itself is ‘a Mirjam Penning’ creation.
NOTE: I haven’t added a picture of Bill, but he surely was a victim in this tragedy.