Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania There’s a reason I avoid reading some stories in the news. As much as I believe in exposing perpetrators who abuse, rape, and kill children, I find it almost impossible to write them up. I tend to get a little attached, especially when they include a picture of the child. I honestly cannot wrap my brain around it. (It’s not saying I can wrap my brain around someone screwing an animal, a corpse, or stuff like that but it’s so bizarre it makes it entertaining to research in such a sick way) But killing a child, an elderly person, or someone who’s mentally equal to a child through torture and abuse, well, I just get really sick…and pissed. And unfortunately the damn eye doctor fixed me up with the ability to see again and my damn eyes fucked me over. They scanned the following story until I reached the rage stage and now I can’t get it out of my head. Allow me to introduce 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty, a loving, trusting mentally challenged woman who bumped up against the wrong crowd.
While having to move back to her parents house after losing her apartment, Jennifer boarded a bus with her duffel bag to visit an old friend who’d helped her out. Unfortunately, it was the last time Jennifer’s parents saw her alive.
Now meet the 6 scum of the Earth who are believed to be responsible for the tortured death of this 30-year-old: Robert Masters Jr, Ricky Smyrnes, Melvin Knight, Amber Meidinger, Peggy Miller, and Angela Marinucci. 6 individuals who not only took advantage of a man’s kindness, but used his friendship to lure an unsuspecting woman in and savagely beat and stabbed her to death.
Robert Cathcart met Ricky Smyrnes in a mental facility and offered to let he and his girlfriend, Amber Meidinger stay at his apartment in exchange for help with household chores. Robert also lent his kindness to Jennifer after she lost her apartment prior to moving back home to her parents. As most of us know, those with a good heart often find themselves in situations that quickly spiral out of control. Such was the case with Robert extending an invitation to these two.
Jennifer, being described as a very trusting young lady, quickly friended Smyrnes but, according to Cathcart, the friendship was highly volatile. Smyrnes allegedly made Jennifer do things with him but she managed to deflect all attempts he made in engaging in sex. I can only imagine this didn’t set well with Smyrnes as he’s said to have a violent past with family members and ex-girlfriends. But see? He was mental. That excuses so much these days. Even researching this story I saw a lot of, “he’s good when he’s on his medication”. And that’s the kind of shit talk that pisses me off. He’s not nice and they’re just medicating assholes to attempt to turn them into not-so-violent zombies. Got news for the mental community. Asshole on meds is just a medicated asshole.
Cathcart explains he’s not quite sure how it happened but soon Robert Master Jr, Melvin Knight, Peggy Miller, and Angela Marincci moved in and quickly earned the title “free loaders”. Often seen in the neighborhood, they were known to hang out at the local mental facility, starting shit at the library, and just spreading sunshine in general. But none of that stopped Jennifer from wanting more friends. And when she made her last trip to Cathcart’s apartment, she found he’d moved out, name still on the lease, and these beasts were occupying the abode which had absolutely no furniture except a crutch, a towel rack, some fingernail polish, spices, vegetable oil, and Christmas decorations. Things they allegedly used to torture Jennifer to death.
A truck driver noticed a trash can in the parking lot of the nearby middle school – the same trash can Jennifer’s body was occupying. The medical examiner disclosed some aspects of the sadistic murder. Jennifer’s head was shaved and fingernail polish was smeared all over her face. Over the course of 33-36 hours, Jennifer was beaten with a towel rack, a crutch, made to drink urine and eat deodorant and spices…forced to drink vegetable oil, wrists slashed while forcing her to pen a bogus suicide letter. They restrained her using a string of Christmas decorations. When police arrived at the apartment, all the evidence was still there. Including the knife they used to fatally stab her.
Of course, psychologists and psychiatrists are already explaining some of this away, saying there had to be a leader in this attack, that it’s highly unusual for this kind of sadistic action to be the brainchild of all six. I really don’t give a fuck if the Pope ordered this. Point is, they’re all guilty as hell and equally responsible. The district attorney isn’t certain whether they’ll seek the death penalty on one or all of the pack. God help society if one of them makes it back into a mental institution to be “rehabilitated”. There’s no such thing in my book. Do us all a favor and lock the freaks up and throw away the key.
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