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Q: I can just barely remember the story of Jennifer Crompton and Mark Smith. Do you know where I can find the story?

A: Jennifer Crompton, 15, was murdered Sept. 26, 1986, stabbed 63 times in her Bettendorf home.

Mark Smith, then 18, a former boyfriend, was convicted of first degree murder and is serving life with parole in the Iowa Prison system. Now 39, he is currently at the Newton Correction Center, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections website.

Ms. Crompton had been attempting to end a 10-month relationship with Mr. Smith. He used a stolen key to enter the Crompton house while no one was there, and then murdered her when she returned home from school that day.

Ms. Crompton's mother subsequently became a national speaker on teen- dating violence issues. Here's a 2005 story summarizing her work.

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