Kathleen Ham, who has met her rapist twice in court, dies at 73

Feb 15, 2021 Travel News

Kathleen Ham, who has met her rapist twice in court, dies at 73

In the second trial, the defense attorney did not question her credibility and let her off the stand after 12 minutes. The jury returned a guilty verdict within two hours.

Subsequently, nine other women came forward and said Mr Worrell raped them as well.

He was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison; combined with a life sentence he later won in Maryland, Mr Worrell, now in the mid-1970s, is almost certain to die behind bars.

Ms. Ham said after the trial that the experience had been positive.

“I think the minute I blurted out ‘You can use my name I’m nothing to be ashamed of’ my whole life changed,” she told NBC. “When I said that, I found my voice.”

But friends said that even after the satisfaction of seeing her attacker brought to justice, Ms. Ham remained deeply affected.

It was the rape made worse by participating in both trials, in which she felt revictimized and re-traumatized,” said Lilla Russell, a close college friend and retired psychotherapist. “She still had a lot of pain and anger.”

Kathleen Helen Ham was born April 9, 1947 in Englewood, NJ, the youngest of four children. The family lived for a time in the nearby town of Teaneck, but when his father, Harold Ham, who was a chemical engineer, became an executive at a cosmetics company, they moved to California. His mother, Katherine (MacDonald), was a housewife.

Information on the survivors was not immediately available. But Ms Ham was close to her extended family in New England and was proud of the fact that one of her ancestors, Henry Samson, had been a passenger on the Mayflower.