Most of us have a fear of death and the unknown, when it’s our time to go we would like the comfort of our loved ones around us. Troymaine Johnson had no such comfort as he died…alone…in the woods in the outskirts of Atlanta. He essentially froze to death, around the 14th of March, reportedly some of the coldest days of the year. He was unable to warm himself or call for help, as he was paraplegic who was unable to use his legs and had only partial use of his arms.
How did he get there? Well, much remains unknown, but charged with murder is one Ruby Kate Koursey. She is the ex-girlfirend of Johnson who picked him up in her automobile under the pretext of going to the store. Instead, Koursey drove him to a campground, pushed him out of the car, and left him to die in sub-freezing temperatures.
The motive for this act of depravity is unclear and will likely come out in the trial . However, I want readers to contemplate how unusually cruel this act is. He was trapped in his body, and could not call for help. He died alone. The physical suffering by itself is hard to bear, but the mental one, makes it even more abhorrent.
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.
JeNorman Bland: Perpetrator
This is a woman who was raising her grandson. It is someone that she presumably cared for, and because she had to go to work, and could not take him to get some smokes, she lost her life.
Human life has become so devalued in this society that we are prone to kill at the drop of the hat, for the most trivial things. And scarier yet, those that are closest to us are the most in danger.
In high school I really liked a girl named Joann but Joann didn’t feel the same about me. And when I asked Joann out and she said no, though I was dejected I walked my walk of pubescent shame with dignity. OK, maybe not, but I did not try to handcuff myself to her and convince her I was the ‘one’! Jason Earl Dean took that next step so he could get a “yes”, from his fellow Taco Bell co-worker in Ringgold, Georgia. That didn’t quite work. As a matter of fact, he got four years in jail and four on probation for an act that was considered, false imprisonment. Bummer.
Turns out that Deen may have been living a fantasy life because on Twitter he would send messages to a variety of stars and in some cases he asked to meet them.
This guy had “stalker” written all over him.