Every morning, part of my normal "waking up" routine is to get myself a cup of coffee to sip on while I read the Centre Daily Times newspaper online. The CDT comes out of State College, PA and is a daily paper geared to Centre County, the county adjacent to where I live. Since I worked for many years, attended college there, etc., I'm pretty familiar with that area as well as my home county.
This morning, under their "Breaking News" headline was the story about a young woman in West Virginia who was abducted and tortured by a group of people in what the authorities say they will look into prosecuting those arrested for a hate crime. Read below for a portion of the article that appeared in the CDT this morning.
BIG CREEK, W.Va. --
A young black woman who authorities say was tortured for days at a remote hillside home, sexually assaulted and forced to eat rat droppings was not a random target, the county prosectutor said Wednesday.
One of the six suspects arrested in the case, Bobby Brewster, had a previous relationship with the victim, Logan County Prosecutor Brian Abraham told The Associated Press. He said Brewster had been charged in July with domestic battery and assault after a domestic dispute involving the same woman.
"She obviously had some sort of social relationship," Abraham said. "That is based on the fact that she was present at his residence on a prior date."
Megan Williams, 20, was found beaten and bruised at Brewster's mother's home in rural Big Creek on Saturday.
Abraham said he plans to pursue kidnapping charges against the suspects, and the FBI is looking into possible civil rights violations.
According to the criminal complaints, Williams' captors, all of them white, choked her with a cable cord and stabbed her in the leg while calling her a racial slur, poured hot water over her, made her drink from a toilet and made her eat dog feces and rat droppings. She was also beaten and sexually assaulted during a span of about a week, according to the complaints.
It wasn't until an anonymous tip led Logan County Sheriff's deputies to the property on Saturday that her ordeal ended. She limped toward the deputies, her arms outstretched as she cried, "Help me!"
Now, I don't know about what others who read this may think, but frankly I was appalled, completely shocked by what I read about this young woman and what was done to her.
This just goes beyond belief! Who on earth, in their right mind, would incur things like this on another human being?
Two women, mothers of two of the people accused in this crime, have also been arrested in conjunction with their children and the others.
How can a parent possibly not just approve of their offspring's actions and not just approve but also, assist in their actions?
Doesn't it just make your head spin to think there are folks who have such hatred inside their hearts that, in what is supposed to be a "civilized" society, they would perform acts like this on another person?
It truly just boggles my mind.