MINDY Morgenstern was a student at Valley City State University.
On Friday, February 10, 2023, a Dateline episode about Morgenstern’s 2006 murder will premiere on NBC.
Who was Mindy Morgenstern?
Morgenstern was a student at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota.
As discussed by Keith Morrison in a short trailer for the Dateline episode posted to Twitter, Morgenstern was “fun-loving.”
She was “known for her bubbly personality” and her religious beliefs.
She was the daughter of Larry and Eunice Morgenstern.
What happened to Mindy Morgenstern?
On September 13, 2006, Morgenstern was found dead in her off-campus Valley City apartment.
The 22-year-old college senior had been murdered.
She had been strangled with a belt and cut in her throat.
When Morgenstern repeatedly failed to answer her cell phone, her friends Toni Baumann and Danielle Holmstrom went to her apartment, where Baumann found Morgenstern’s body on the floor.
On March 4, 2022, an Unexpected Killer episode about Morgenstern’s murder, titled A Predator Within, aired on Oxygen.
As Oxygen reported, Special Agent Calvin Dupree of the ND BCI told producers of the show: “There was a belt wrapped around her neck and there appeared to be a broken-off knife still stuck in her throat.”
According to the autopsy report, Morgenstern’s cause of death was “incised wound of neck/asphyxia.”
One week after her death, her neighbor Moe Gibbs was arrested and charged with the college student’s murder.
In December 2007, Gibbs was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
As reported by the Grand Forks Herald, Gibbs’ DNA was found under Morgenstern’s left-hand fingernails.
When is the Dateline episode about Mindy Morgenstern airing?
The two-hour Dateline episode titled “Who Killed Mindy Morgenstern?” will air on Friday, February 10, 2023, at 9pm ET on NBC.
On February 11, it will be available to watch on Peacock.
The Jamestown Sun reported that the TV program will feature interviews with Morgenstern’s parents and friends, as well as with prosecutor Jonathan Byers and former North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation Agent Mark Sayler.