On Wednesday morning, Catherine Kelly, a woman from Conshohocken,
Pennsylvania was found dead in the Schuylkill River. The case, which is
currently being investigated, is enshrouded in mystery—Kelly’s body did not
possess any physical signs of damage or struggle.
Local authorities in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania are
currently investigating the possibility that Catherine Kelly’s death was
precipitated by a bizarre sleep-walking incident.
Kelly, aged 72, died from drowning, the town’s Coroner,
Walter Hofman, ruled Thursday morning. Hofman has termed the ruling provisional
until the local police complete their investigation.
Sleepwalking has been regarded as the likely grounds for the
cause of death; family members affirmed that Kelly suffered from narcolepsy,
which causes excessive sleepiness and daytime sleep attacks.
Kelly, who was a devout Catholic had initially frightened her
family when she failed to appear for morning mass on Wednesday at St.
Matthews Church. Her family reported her missing; hours later boaters found a
woman’s body floating in the river.
Kelly’s family found the front door of her home ajar, with
her pocketbook and keys inside. A woman who had been known to lock her door and
take her pocketbook wherever she went, Kelly also left her glasses behind—something
the 72-year-old never did.
Kelly had been on medication to combat her narcolepsy; a
number of family members echoed their concerns regarding Kelly’s medication and
the susceptibility to severe side effects.
How Kelly ended up in the river is unclear, but family
members and the woman’s pastor stated her inability to swim. The community is
devastated over the incident; Kelly was a devout Catholic and a leading member
of the church.
Jackson, Mississippi—On a Sunday morning in June, just before dawn, two cars filled with white teenagers set-out for Jackson, Mississippi, on what the district attorney says was a mission to find and severely hurt a black individual.
The teens, who had been coming from an all-night party, eventually found their victim in a parking lot on the western side of town.
James Anderson, aged 49, was standing in a hotel parking lot when the teens rushed and beat him to near death. Hotel security workers claimed that the boys, while punching and kicking a fallen Anderson, were repeatedly screaming racial epithets, including “White Power!”
Robert Smith, the District Attorney of Hinds County, Mississippi, roughly half the teens then climbed into their large Ford 250 pickup truck, floored the gas, and ran right over Anderson, killing him instantly.
Mississippi officials are calling this horrible act a racially motivated murder.
What the gang of teens never realized was that a surveillance camera was focused on the parking lot that night and a number of their malicious attacks, including the murder, were captured on videotape.
The group of teens that night was led by 18-year-old Deryl Dedmon of Brandon, Mississippi. Dedmon is currently regarded as the individual who led and instigated the attack earlier in the evening and the driver of the car that struck and killed Anderson.
District Attorney Smith, after listening to witness accounts, has reiterated Dedmon’s intentions of seeking out and killing an African-America. “He was not remorseful. He was laughing, laughing about the killing,” said district attorney Smith.
The teen, just 18 years of age, has been charged with murder and faces a possible double life sentence. A second teen involved, 18-year-old John rice, has been charged with simple assault, for his role in the beating of Anderson. The other teens in the group have not been charged. As for Anderson’s family; they have decided to remain silent for now, as they are trying to come to grips with a brutal crime they thought was in the state’s past.