Rhona L. Eiseman
21 Years Old

November 28, 1954 to June 9, 1976

Rhona Eiseman, of New York City, was a unique ray of sunshine. The youngest of four children, born on November 28, 1954. She was the light of her parents' lives, a special sister to her siblings and a joyful aunt to her young nieces and nephew.

Her openness, warmth and sensitivity towards others drew many friends of varied backgrounds into her sphere. She also loved animals and had a dog named Jasmine that she rescued from a shelter.

Rhona was multi-talented: she was graceful and loved to dance; she sang and played the piano and guitar; she sculpted and did batik and macrame work.

Rhona was attending college in Buffalo, studying early childhood education and working with kindergarten children. She loved the children and would play her guitar and teach them cute songs. She hoped one day to open a Montessori school.

Rhona loved to travel and meet new people, taking a year off from college to travel across the United States with some friends. She had also been to Mexico, Egypt and Greece with her sister who found her to be a delightful traveling companion.

Rhona also liked to hike, backpack and ice skate. She loved going to rock concerts, especially to see the Grateful Dead. She enjoyed many different types of music and literature and often quoted from The Prophet by Kahil Gibran.

Rhona was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She was a "free spirit" who brought joy and sunshine in to the lives of all who were lucky enough to have known her. Her senseless murder on June 9, 1976, robbed the world and her family of her uniqueness and all future contributions for a better society.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

Rhona Eiseman, 21, of New York City, was attending college at Buffalo State University. She lived off campus with three other students and one non-student. She came home in the evening of June 9, 1976, and went upstairs to find Larry Campbell hiding in her bedroom where he had broken in through a window. He had a gun and demanded money to buy drugs. Rhona recognized him as a student, but knew nothing of his criminal past. As each roommate came home, they all tried to cooperate. He tied them up and raped and strangled Rhona, strangled another roommate, stabbed and left another for dead. The fourth roommate managed to escape and alert police.

Campbell escaped and was placed on the FBI most wanted list. Eventually, he was captured in Atlanta, Georgia, when someone recognized him. He was convicted of two counts of murder, attempted murder, rape and burglary. Campbell was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison and will be eligible for parole July 5, 1999.

Campbell was a paroled 33-year-old career criminal who was being sent to college at Buffalo State by a Quaker group. The school had never checked his background. He had a multiple page rap sheet and had previously been arrested for armed robbery, rape and assault of a woman. He had been judged paranoid schizophrenic while in prison and placed on medication. He was supposed to be under the supervision of a parole officer, but was back to using heroin.

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Rhona Eiseman