A devoted single mother who was strangled in her home just feet from her infant son’s bed was murdered in June 1993, and the California village of Port Hueneme was the scene of a horrific murder. Norma Rodríguez was murdered, and after interviewing the suspect and administering a polygraph test, it took police ten years to identify the killer. Betrayed: Flirting With Death in Investigation Discovery effectively explains this terrible and strange situation to viewers in a clear and sequential manner. We have the information you need if you are curious about what happened on that terrible day in June 1993 and the current whereabouts of the criminal. So let’s get started.
How did Norma Rodriguez die?
On November 15, 1960, in the Texan town of Mercedes’s Hidalgo County, Norma García Rodríguez was created. She was a single mother of two sons, Andrew, 11, and Austin, 4, and worked at Kmart in Oxnard. She was a well-liked and respected local from Port Hueneme in Ventura County, California. As a result, she was shocked when she was found dead on June 1, 1993 at her East B Street residence.
The victim’s ex-husband, Tony Rodríguez, who had arrived at the scene with his brother, Héctor Rodríguez, found the body. The ex-husband claimed that he had shown up in the morning as scheduled to pick up and transport his two children to school. However, after several failed hits, he used a credit card to open the door and enter the house, where he found his ex-wife dead on the floor. As he directed his two children to go to their bedrooms and wait for the police to arrive, he called 911 and reported the incident.
The 32-year-old victim was found strangled with a bandaged face when police arrived at the scene. Hector admitted to cutting some of the tapes, saying that he did so in the hope that Norma was still alive at the time. Although the crime was violent, it was obvious to the authorities that the killer had worked hard to prepare the scene. Both blood and evidence of forced entry were absent from the scene. It was evident that the murder was not committed with malicious intent as Norma’s handbag was found in her bedroom and there was little sign of a fight at the scene. All of these facts supported the specialists’ assertion that the killer was presumably someone who knew Norma, and that her refusal to look directly at her was evidenced by the concealment of her faces. A set of house keys were also found next to her body, and her shorts were slightly unbuttoned.
Who killed Norma Rodriguez?
When the Port Hueneme police first became suspicious of Tony, they arrested him and his brother and took them to the police station for questioning. Tony, however, had a solid alibi for the time of the murder. He had witnessed the incident firsthand while he was watching a baseball game with his brother and his oldest son, Andrew. Andrew also told detectives that when he was dropped off at his house late one night, he discovered the front door was locked and the house was completely dark. He slipped into the house through the back window of his bedroom. At the time, Austin, his younger brother, reportedly told him, “Mommy has a Band-Aid on her face.” Andrew, however, paid little attention to her and fell asleep. When cleared of suspicion on the polygraph, Tony and Hector were also exonerated.
Investigators learned of a certain Corey who was allegedly there at the house at the time of the murder after speaking with Austin. Corey Davis, a nervous guy who worked with Norma, denied having a romantic relationship with her, apart from her strange interaction in her office. He was removed from the list of suspects after also passing a polygraph exam. Police then learned of another co-worker, Beatrice, who claimed to be one of the employees who came to Norma’s house for a barbecue the day before the murder. In addition, she revealed how the hostess of the party had lost the keys to her house. Finally, the policemen noticed how the intruder entered the house without using force.
A second suspect was identified after careful examination of Norma’s guest list: Warren Mackey. Warren fiercely refuted claims made by Norma’s co-workers that he attempted to start a romantic relationship with her against her wishes. He claimed that after leaving the party for the last time and watching TV with her, he went to a bar with her roommate and her roommate’s girlfriend. This claim was supported by the couple, and Warren also passed a polygraph exam.
The case was closed as there was no additional evidence. But it wasn’t until ten years later, when a lab official finally used newly developed technology to compare DNA collected at the crime scene, that the case was finally solved. The DNA matched Warren’s exactly. Police eventually realized that Warren’s use of the stolen keys to break into Norma’s home and strangle her to death was motivated by her anger at being rejected. The detectives were amazed, with one of them even saying, “Of all the people we dealt with, he was probably the coolest customer in the bunch. He just amazes you. A true sociopath can evade a polygraph test, so he should be careful when dealing with them.
Today, where is Warren Mackey?
When police began investigating Norma’s case, Warren voluntarily gave them her DNA. He was arrested in August 2003 on suspicion of having killed Norma. Warren pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 15 years to life within two years of his arrest. He was housed in a prison in California, according to government records.
Oralia Garci, the victim’s sister, later said: “It still hurts like it happened yesterday. She is missed in my life. That injury does not recover. We just push it to the side. We must keep moving forward and live for Norma.