Sam and Julie were two beautiful people whose lives were stripped away because Daniel Wozniak wanted a war veteran’s combat earnings to pay for his wedding and honeymoon. The killer was sentenced to the death penalty after six and half years of trial delays.
The case has generated controversy concerning use of informants, the handling of jailhouse inmates, and litigation tactics. It has garnered news attention for the heinousness of the murders and the coldness of the killer and those who helped him. It has put a demented murder plot and the murderer behind it in the spotlight. All the while, the names and lives of the victims have become overshadowed by the attention-seeking murderer, his drama queen ex-fiancée, a public defender who wants to draw attention to his own mission unrelated to the murders, and a euphoric blogger who makes light of the entire case for her own sycophantic lust of the murderer.
So much of what is said about the case involves community theater because the killer and his would-be bride were theater actors who performed in a play together the evening between the two murders, among other factors that lead to a sensational and dramatic story. This case is not about the killers, it is about the victims, Sam and Julie. Julie is a precious victim who should not have been killed at all. Sam was tough. He was a combat war veteran, he could throw a punch, he was a great friend to those who knew him, and he should not have been a victim.