She Was Stabbed 63 Times in Her Bathroom 50 Years Ago. Here’s How Cops Finally Found a Suspect

DNA collected from the son of a retired Nevada prosecutor helped detectives finally make an arrest in the 50-year-old murder of a 19-year-old McDonald’s employee in Hawaii.

Nancy Elaine Anderson was found dead in the bathroom of her rented apartment in Waikiki in January 1972. She had 63 stab wounds on her torso, arms, hands and legs,

including three so deep they left exit wounds. Five decades later, DNA found on towels on her fire escape and near the entrance has been matched to Tudor Chirila, a prominent

lawyer in Reno who once ran unsuccessfully for the Nevada Supreme Court. Police charged 77-year-old Chirila—who lived in Hawaii before moving to Nevada and becoming a

lawyer—with second-degree murder, according to Law & Crime. He is being held without bond. Homicide investigators were initially told that the Michigan native, who had

moved to Hawaii just months before she was killed, had likely killed herself—which was quickly proven impossible due to the nature of her injuries, including a defensive wound on

her thumb. Over the years, several suspects were investigated, including her former boyfriend and a door-to-door knife salesman who had tried to sell her a blade the day

she died. None matched DNA found at the scene. The first real break in the case came in 2021, when an anonymous tipster suggested the former deputy attorney general living

in Reno might be involved. It is unclear what proof the tipster had to tie Chirila to Anderson.