On June 28, 1993, a knife-wielding serial rapist and murderer attacks Denise Sam-Cali in her Allentown, Pennsylvania, home. Although he succeeded in raping Sam-Cali on the front lawn outside her house, the courageous woman survived and later proved instrumental in bringing him to justice.
Sam-Cali's vicious attack was the third of its kind that month in Allentown. On June 9th, a 15-year-old girl had been abducted and was later found dead in a reservoir with 22 stab wounds. On June 20, a five-year-old girl was raped by a man who broke into her home and unsuccessfully tried to choke her to death. But Sam-Cali's attacker was not through yet: He killed again on July 14th. On July 18th, Sam-Cali's house was broken into and police believed it was her attacker and began a covert surveillance of her home, leaving a window open to entice the assailant. In the early morning of July 31st, the attacker climbed though the window and was greeted by a police officer hiding in the living room. A shootout ensued and the intruder busted through another window to escape. Hours later, 18-year-old Harvey Robinson stumbled into a local hospital, bleeding from two bullet wounds. Already a career criminal, Robinson had burglarized a home at the age of nine and was constantly in trouble with the law. When he was spotted by a police officer in the hospital, he attempted to flee, but was arrested. After being identified by his surviving victims and DNA evidence, Harvey Robinson was convicted in 1995 and sentenced to death.
Michael Thomas Barry is the author of Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949. The book can be purchased from Amazon through the following link: