When Michele Mallin agreed to help a stranger start his car, she had no idea three lives were about to change forever.
On March 24, 1984, the 24-year-old Texas Tech student was approached by a man in a car park near her dormitory in the small town of Lubbock, a city in northwest Texas.
The man told Michele he couldn’t start his car and asked to borrow her jumper cables.
As Michele replied that she didn’t have any jumper cables, the man reached through her car window, unlocked the door, and ordered her to lay down in the car while he held a knife to her throat.
He then drove her to a vacant field outside town and raped and robbed her.
After the violent attack, Michele went to the police station and reported it. She was able to provide a good description of her attacker - he was African American, he was 'bug-eyed', he was less than 6 feet tall. Michele was even able to identify the clothes he wore during the attack - a yellow t-shirt and sandals - and that he smoked cigarettes throughout the ordeal.
Two weeks later, Michele confidently pointed out her attacker in a photo line-up of six suspects.
The man Michele pointed out was Timothy Cole, a 26-year-old army veteran, who was also a student at Texas Tech.
The police identified Cole as a potential suspect after he was spotted buying pizza at a restaurant that was close to the location of the attack, two weeks after it occurred.