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Sam in 1963
Samantha "Sam" Randall
Portrayed by Linsey Godfrey
Episode "Boy Crazy"
Status Deceased (1963)

Samantha "Sam" Randall was the victim in "Boy Crazy". She was a troubled 16-year-old girl who was thought to have committed suicide by jumping into a river.

Boy Crazy[]

Sam had dressed and acted like a boy since being able to walk. She was very aggressive, not afraid to express her opinions and frequently got expelled from schools which resulted in her moving around a lot. Sam's mother died when she was very young, and the only person she ever had was her father, Archie, who claimed Sam was like the son that he never had and loved her very much despite all the trouble.

Sam had many problems with people at the last high school she attended. She made enemies with Red Buckley, a boy who called her a queer and bullied her to the point of opening her shirt and exposing her to the class her first day there, and Janey Davis, a vain girl whom Sam made a fool of once.

However, Sam befriended Dom Barron, a "loner, bad boy" whom she had much in common with. Sam fell in love with Dom and she even expressed romantic feelings for him, resulting in her kissing Dom. However, he rejected Sam, saying he "wasn't queer." Sam tried to talk to Dom but he ignored her even when she was assaulted in front of him by Red and his friends. This got her expelled.

Sam was resilient even when her father put her in the psychiatric ward after her latest expulsion, standing up to the doctors and resisting her treatment. This behavior caused her to be subjected to electro-convulsive therapy, which left her in a vegetative state. Polly Leonard, one of the nurses at the mental hospital who also worked at Sam's prior school, knew everything the doctors did to the patients was wrong. The night she quit, Polly gave the building's keys to Dom, hoping he'd rescue Sam.

Dom broke in to the hospital and found Sam lying in her bed, unresponsive and wearing lipstick and a red dress. He tried to revive her, but Sam asked him to "make [her] free". Dom hesitated at first, but he passionately kissed Sam before smothering her with a pillow. He then dumped Sam's body in the lake, as that was the only place she could be free.

Sam's case is reopened in 2007 when an old man, Maurice Habershaw, serving time in prison comes forward, claiming that he saw her being dumped in the river back in 1963 in order to lessen his sentence. It led the detectives to Dom, who became a painter. They realized that he used Sam as his model in all his paintings. Sam's spirit appears to Dom as he is arrested, now free and having forgiven him.