Rebecca Iannelli
34 Years Old

October 10, 1952 to June, 1988

Rebecca Iannelli, Of West Hollywood, California, worked for Channel 7 "Eyewitness News" as a teleprompter operator at night and attended nursing school during the day.

She was a very intelligent and beautiful person. Becky and her mother were very close because her father died and there were no other family members.


Rebecca "Becky" Iannelli, 34, of West Hollywood, California, came home from work one day and parked in her garage. Stephen Benwell was waiting, put a gun to her head and took her to her apartment. He strangled her, put her body in a suitcase and put the suitcase in a closet. Benwell then took her car, checkbook, etc. and lived in Becky's apartment for 10 days while her body was in the closet. Benwell finally bragged to a friend about what he did. The friend went to the police, who found her body and apprehended Benwell. Apparently, he was on drugs when he killed Becky.

Benwell was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life. As of March 1997, he remained in prison.

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