The truth always comes out
In November of 2014, Abby Honold was raped by Daniel Drill-Mellum. He brought her to his apartment where he violently sexually assaulted her. At the time of the incident, Abby was 19 and Daniel was 22. She suffered multiple injuries. After his fraternity tricked Abby into saying that it was consensual, Daniel was able to walk free. A year later, two more victims came forward, finally bringing Daniel Drill-Mellum to justice. Keep reading to find out the details of this remarkable story.
Abby was 19 years old when she followed Daniel into his apartment after he pointed out her empty drink and offered her a refill. One of his friends had told her that Daniel, 22, was gay. She said as soon as she got into his apartment she knew it was not alright. She said he checked to make sure they were alone and then presented her with a vodka shot that had been previously prepared. After drinking it, she blacked out. She woke up to her clothes being “ripped off.” She said she begged for him to stop and tried to escape but could not stop him from brutally raping her. He raped her twice before he let her leave.
Abby immediately called the police and Daniel was arrested. He claimed consensual sex. She claimed rape. She had brutal injuries, including her parts of her mouth being ripped open due to his fingers being shoved in her mouth. The nurse who treated her said that these were some of the worst rape injuries she had seen yet.
She was tricked into allowing him to walk free. Two of his friends called her to discuss the incident. She said she felt stupid for agreeing to communicate with his friends to begin with. She told DailyMail.com, “I should’ve known that they were trying to help him, but I believed that they believed me.” One of them asked Abby if she had consensual sex with Daniel, but it was very mumbled. Abby believed he asked if they had “actual sex,” so she replied “yes,” a misunderstanding the led to Daniel’s release.
University of Minnesota Police Department officer Kevin Randolph said after listening to the recording he believed Honold was indeed raped. He reopened the investigation. He began the necessary search to find evidence supporting his case against Daniel. He was able to discover another rape victim at the same university. The victim said he had tricked her, in similar fashion, on Halloween in 2014. This victim, unfortunately, was not interested in coming forward against Daniel. It seemed that hope was lost until a third victim came forward. She was the first of the three, having been raped that summer. She called Daniel’s Halloween victim and convinced her to come forward, which led to his arrest.