Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead woke up late for school. It happens. Sometimes it is a figurative fight to get the kids ready and out for school. But when it came to Jarmecca Whitehead getting her two girls up for school, it literally became a fight to the death.
As the girls tell the story, their mother was irate at them for waking up late for school. In her fury, Jarmecca grabbed a pot in the kitchen and began swinging wildly. Was it with the intention to hit the girls? We may never know that. But the twin wrestled the pot away from their mother. Jarmecca then grabbed a knife which she quickly relinquished. Maybe she knew that it was going too far at that point, but the fight remained physical. Jasmiya grabbed a vase from the living room and bashed it on her mother’s skull, but that just made the scene more intense.
Eventually, Jasmiyah wound up stabbing her mother…repeatedly. She tabbed her until she lay dying. At this point, one could argue that his is self-defense perhaps, but instead of calling the police, the girls took their dying mother into the bathroom and preceded to drown her. Even if you hate your mother, it takes a certain meaner of depravity to take her life so callously.
The girls then went to school as if nothing had happened and staged a crime scene as if they had ‘stumbled across’ their mother. Eventually the girl’s story collapsed and they confessed to the murder.
There is so much within this story to sadden the soul. These were two beautiful girls in their youth who damned themselves by killing their equally beautiful mother. The girls were each given a 30 Year sentence.
My heart breaks.
Leroy Smith III is a troubled young man. His father knew that he was troubled, but he did not know the depths of his son’s depravity or mental defect. The younger smith was evicted from his previous living arrangement and the landlord had acquired a restraining order against him. One of the reasons he was evicted was that he set his guitar and amp on fire because they were emitting ‘evil music’. His mother and stepfather expelled him from their house for bad behavior. His father, however, wanted to help his son and let him stay at his residence at the beginning of this year. That was the beginning of the end. Leroy Smith III killed his father using multiple knives. In his own words he “filleted” his father like a fish. He dismembered the body and set the body parts in sixteen separate trash bags. He says he murdered his father for the years of sexual assault he endured. But this is also a man who refers to himself as God. After being lead from the courthouse, he extolled:
“I am the Lord, the father of life” and asked them to follow him on Twitter.
He also makes reference to investigators that the FBI instructed him to record the murder and upload the video to YouTube and that in addition to being God, he is in fact a member of the Hell’s Angels. He also goes under the bizarre monniker, Commander Koon Kringle. Insane, dubious, and oxymoronic. For more insanity, you can check the Commander’s Facebook page.
Needless to say the court has ordered a psychiatric evaluation.
My condolences to the family to have endure this tragedy.