Emilie Morris : When Emilie Morris was discovered dead in her apartment in 2014, she was scheduled to appear in court on allegations brought against her old high school coach.
Emilie Morris, a former student who died after accusing her coach of sexual misconduct, is the subject of a true-crime documentary.
The 35-year-old mother of two died of asphyxiation, according to an autopsy.
According to People magazine, her cause of death was unknown and might have been accidental, suicide, or homicide.
Despite Morris’ commitment to seek justice, the case was dismissed by prosecutors because they claimed they required her testimony to proceed.
Morris’ family is now speaking out in a new true-crime series on Oxygen called “The Case Died with Her,” which is based on a Buzzfeed piece from 2018.
Former prosecutor Loni Coombs hosts the episode, which includes dramatic sit-down interviews with Morris’ mother Joan Morris and younger sister Andrea Morris.
Andrea said Fox News, “I think we did everything we could to indicate that we wanted this to be looked into further.”
Andrea said, “I read her toxicology results and the alcohol was not at all off the charts.”
Morris struggled with depression and drinking for years to cope with her pain, according to People magazine.
“There was something there, but it wasn’t to the point of being fatal… We’ve never received a definitive answer about what happened to my sister, and we want to make sure her voice is heard,” Andrea said.
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Morris, Andrea’s six-year-old brother, was described as “fun-loving and lively,” the kind of sibling anyone would want.
Morris characterised her as “always someone I looked up to.”
“She had the ability to brighten any environment and converse with anyone.
It was like hanging out with your extremely wonderful big sister when I was with her.”
Morris was a cross-country star at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, Missouri, when he was 16 years old. The athlete’s cheerful disposition, though, had gone.
Andrea recalled, “She started to change.” “She got increasingly agitated and irritated.
Emilie was a lot more melancholy than the others. It was difficult for me, particularly because I was younger and attempting to comprehend it.
She simply appeared to be a different person. But I had no idea what was going on.”
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It found out that the adolescent was concealing a dark secret. Morris later claimed that Wilder, who was 29 at the time, was sexually abusing her.
Andrea, a former runner, remembered Wilder as “the cool instructor everyone wanted to be friends with” in high school.
She remembered, “He was also incredibly outgoing and a little young for a teacher.”
“He had a lot of charisma and was quite engaging. All of the kids wanted to be his friends.
He appeared to be someone who genuinely cared. As a result, he was highly regarded.”
Principal David Skillman called Morris’ parents in 1996, when she was a junior, and said he had received information regarding inappropriate behaviour between the two, according to Buzzfeed.
Both Wilder and Morris said that nothing transpired after Joan demanded a meeting.
As a result, the grownups assumed it was rumour spread by an envious student, according to the outlet.
Despite this, the storey lingered for years, and Morris’ behaviour deteriorated, according to the outlet.
She struggled with depression and bulimia during her college years.
Wilder was arrested in 2008 on charges of sex assault against a different female student.
Joan told the site that Morris, who was a happily married mother at the time, “didn’t want to rock the boat” with her own charges.
Wilder was never charged with a crime, authorities claimed at the time, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Morris and her spouse split in 2012. Morris’ ex-girlfriend was given sole custody of their children.
Morris, who had been battling alcoholism for at least three years, built up the nerve to speak out a year later, according to Buzzfeed.
Andrea asserted of Wilder’s role in Morris’ life, “He never went away as a fixture in her life.” “I’m sure they stayed in touch for a long time.”
Morris was able to obtain hidden recordings of Wilder purportedly admitting to their illicit behaviour thanks to this continued connection.
Throughout the Oxygen special, several of these recordings can be heard.
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Andrea added, “I fell to my knees when she told us she had these tapes and turned them over to the cops.”
“It appeared to be the most stressful, yet courageous, thing she’d ever done.
I recall being completely awestruck by her ability to pull it off. I didn’t think she’d actually do it, but she did.
The entire family was astounded. She was, of course, a shambles. I’m sure she was afraid that people wouldn’t believe her.
But she appeared to have gained a lot of confidence as a result of it.”
Andrea said, “I know she was genuinely worried about what Wilder would think of her.”
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wilder was charged with six counts of second-degree statutory sodomy in Morris’ case in 2013.
Morris seemed to be eager to move on with her life in the documentary.
On Thanksgiving 2014, Andrea, who said her connection with the older sibling had been “difficult through maturity,” was hoping to make peace.
“I had intended to reconcile with her and make an effort to see her on a regular basis,” she explained.
“After learning more about what was going on, I wanted to extend an olive branch and reestablish our relationship.”
The reunion, however, never happened. On Nov. 4, their father paid a visit to Morris’ apartment to see how she was doing.
She was face down on the bedroom floor with a large trash can pulled over her head, according to Buzzfeed.
Vomit was discovered in the trash can’s plastic lining, as well as on her face and neck.
Even as the family mourned Morris’ untimely death, Andrea expressed faith that the trial would proceed.
She said, “It hadn’t even crossed my mind that the lawsuit would be dropped.”
“I believed it would go forward without a hitch. At the burial, I remember chatting with the investigator, who shrugged his shoulders and remarked, ‘They have a right to confront the accused.’ They won’t be able to move forward.’
“I recall feeling dizzy and on the verge of collapsing,” she continued.
“I’m here at my sister’s funeral.” And all she had fought so hard for had been thrown away.
What type of justice had been served here? It’s still a mystery to me.”
Wilder, who is now 54, declined to take part in the Oxygen documentary.
He did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News. Andrea stated that she has no idea where he is.
Andrea now hopes that the documentary will inspire victims of similar situations to speak out rather than suffer in quiet.
“I hope the victims realise this isn’t their fault,” Andrea remarked. “This is not how I had envisioned my sister’s storey ending, but I am proud of her anyway.
And I hope that her boldness will encourage others to share their stories.
The impact of something like this on people’s life must be understood by society. There were warning signs.”