The Curtisha Morning, Kalila Taylor murder case will air on Investigation Discovery’s true-crime documentary Beauty Queen Murders season 2 episode: “Field Of Screams” on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. This episode follows the case of a high school homecoming queen who is found brutally murdered in a field in the 1990’s. When the community finds out about the savage murder of their beloved homecoming queen, they believe they have a sadistic sexual killer in their midst. After the case is finally solved, the community is left shocked by the discovery of the real killer.
The “Field Of Dreams” Beauty Queen Murders episode is inspired by the true story of Curtisha Morning, a Riverhead High School homecoming queen who was found dead in 1996. Her killer, jealous classmate and rival, Kalila Johnson, was convicted for her murder.
According to law enforcement officers, Curtisha Morning vanished after leaving a nursing vocational class in Riverhead, NY., in February 1996. Police did not feel that the case was a typical runaway case. According to Morning’s family, who last saw the missing girl on February 29, 1996, she was a model student who aspired to be a doctor. Police and members of the New York community actively looked for the missing teen for a couple of weeks, until her dead body was discovered in a field, near Riverhead High later that month. The autopsy report revealed that the victim had been stabbed around 90 times, according to Newsday.
The murder investigation revealed that the killer was Kalila Johnson, a jealous female who stabbed Curtisha Morning to death about 90 times because she thought her boyfriend and ‘baby daddy’ was romantically interested in Curtisha Morning. A jury found her guilty of murder in 1999, but that conviction was later overturned.
Update Today: A second jury convicted Kalila Johnson of murder in 2012. She was sentenced to 25 years to life, according to Riverhead local. The Kalila Taylor-Curtisha Morning story has been featured on Snapped, according to My Life Of Crime.