The 1991 rape and stabbing death of 17-year-old Crystal Faye Todd of Conway has made headlines, been the subject of books and featured on dozens of television shows.
The case returns to the national spotlight again Monday when it will be featured on Investigation Discovery's show "Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets." The episode is called 'Killer Instinct' and features several area residents who were interviewed about a year ago for the show.
Todd was found the morning of Nov. 17, 1991, in a ditch in the Maple community of Horry County. She had been stabbed at least 30 times, her throat was slashed and she had been raped.
After an intense three-month investigation, Horry County police charged Johnnie Kenneth Register, one of Todd's friends, with murder. Police collected DNA evidence from Todd's body that conclusively showed that there was only a one in 1.3 million chance that the sample was not a match to Register.
The case was among the first in the Southeast and the first in the state to use DNA evidence for an arrest and conviction. Deoxyribonucleic acid is the basic material in chromosomes of a cell nucleus and contains a genetic code considered as unique as a person's fingerprints.