Ivelisse Berrios-Beguerisse was a cold-case for 23 years before it was announced that they found a match to her . She was a 20 year old newlywed that worked at the mall and just finished her shift. Berrios-Beguerisse had been working at a sports store in the mall in Sawgrass Mills for less than a month when she disappeared after a shift at 10:00 pm on Nov. 26, 1990. Chandler lived about a mile away.
She left with several co-workers who split up as they went to their cars.
Her car was found with the tires slashed in the parking lot. She left work at Sawgrass Mills and never made it home,The woman’s body was found [Nov. 27, 1990], dumped nude with evidence of ligature marks, raped/strangled in a Coral Springs’ residential neighborhood. The Broward Medical Examiner determined she had died of asphyxia via strangulation.
The odd thing is, her killer will never stand trial because he was executed for another rather large profile crime at the time. A man with a long history of sexual violence directed on women, yet this was another that flew under the radar and selected female tourists. A triple murder that was so gruesome, many people wanted to forget, but violence on women is extreme, serialized in our society in pop culture, and the problem must be pointed out to disarm tools and normalized practice of oppression, These compulsions do not grow from nothing, and He already had acquired a compulsion to rape and strangle females. A Mom with two female children was his most noted target.
In Febuary 2014 Coral Springs Police announced a positive match of Oba Chandler’s DNA from her assault kit. Being incarcerated, his DNA was entered into a database. When Ivelisse Berrios-Beguerisse cold case was being reviewed, her assault kit samples were encoded into the database and the match was found, 24 years after her murder. If Chandler were alive today, he would be charged with the strangulation death of Ivelisse Berrios-Beguerisse, police said..”
Oba Chandler was convicted in 1994 for the murders of Joan Rogers and her two daughters, Michelle and Christe, that happened on 06/01/89 when he was 47 years old.
Two weeks before this incident, Oba Chandler had lured a 24 year old Canadian tourist to his boat and tied her raped her. She did not report her rape, but came forward to testify at his trial.
When Ivelisse Berrios-Beguerisse failed to come home, her husband of nine months, Bernardo Beguerisse, went to the mall and found her 1985 Ford Tempo with two slashed tires on the passenger side. He called police.
Nearly three hours later, around 1 a.m., her body was found with ligature marks on both wrists and ankles and brown packing tape stuck in her hair.
In the 1989 case, he escalated once again, from rapist into rapist/murderer for the case he would be most associated with, Rogers and her daughters were returning home to Ohio after a trip to Disney World when they crossed paths with Chandler. They had stopped to ask directions while searching for their motel. Chandler gave them directions to a Days Inn, then offered to take them on a sunset cruise on his boat that evening on Tampa Bay, according to trial records.
The police found the Roger’ car abandoned beside a boat ramp.
They were never seen alive again. Their bodies — bound, gagged and naked below the waist — were found floating in Tampa Bay three days later.
It took investigators three years to solve the case. Local officials posted billboards in the Tampa Bay area showing Chandler’s distinctive handwriting, found scribbled on a tourist brochure in Rogers’ car. That led to Chandler’s arrest in 1992.
At trial, prosecutors said Chandler had lured the trio to his boat, raped them and dumped them into the bay with concrete blocks tied around their necks. Chandler testified that he had given Rogers directions, but said he was out fishing alone the night of the killings.
A Canadian tourist testified that she had been raped by Chandler, an aluminum contractor at the time, under similar circumstances a few weeks before the murders. At trial, she testified that when she first met Chandler he offered to take her on a sunset cruise on his boat. Not fearing for her safety in the least, Blair accompanied Chandler on a ride through Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
While at sea, Chandler raped Blair. Blair testified that she believed he would have killed her had it not been for the fact that a friend was waiting for her back at the dock. It was theorised that he may have lured the Rogers family to the boat.
By examining other cold cases Oba Chandler may have been connected to, [including that of Terry Ann Gilchrist, 35, of Pompano Beach, found strangled in a field off Coral Ridge Drive north of Wiles Road on May 20, 1990], they may at last be closed.
In 2011, Chandler, at 65, was executed by lethal injection and yet more cold cases may be connected to him through the advancement of forensic technology.