WAGENER — It turns out that (sadly) I was indeed correct: with the exception of one person, all of the people targeted (seven in all) by an abusive misogynist were women.
He already mowed down 57% of the people on his hit list by the time Aiken County Sheriff’s deputies got involved. The cops, staying hot on his trail, prevented him from going after the other three.
And once again, the right wing nut job media outlets — the (Columbia) State and the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle — does the typical sidestepping and proclaim that financial troubles — not the killer’s controlling ways — caused this massacre.
And people ever wonder why newspapers — and the Chronicle in particular — are going bankrupt.
WRDW did interviews with Esther Baldwin’s family and they talk deeply of the killer’s abusive ways towards Ms. Baldwin. Ms. Baldwin was from North Augusta.
News 12 spoke with the family of one of the victims, who says Myers was controlling and scared them. Esther Baldwin’s two sisters say they never trusted Myers.
A local domestic violence counselor said their gut feeling was probably right on.
“He was a very controlling freak,” Dinah Baldwin said. “He made her quit her job. She couldn’t cut her hair. She couldn’t wear makeup and wouldn’t let her visit her family.”
Dinah Baldwin feels like she has lost her sister twice. The first time was when Esther moved in with Ken Myers. The second time was when investigators say Myers took her life.
“Every time I called my sister I could hear him say get off the phone and cook dinner to do this or that,” Belinda Knoeplfe said. “He would say he would kick her ass if she didn’t do what she was told.”
Knoepfle said she also worried about her sister. Esther met Myers on the Internet, and they started living together soon after. Both sisters feel like he hid her away in a secluded home in the woods of Wagener.
Experts say this is a tell-tale sign of an abuser.
“If he is going to control her and do what he wants to do with her, then she can not have connection with family or her friends,”said Kay Mixon, executive director of the Cumbee Center, which assists abused victims in Aiken.
She said Esther could have been a victim of abuse for years.
“He is going to do everything he can to do make this woman dependent on him,” she said.
That is exactly what the Baldwin family said happened.
“He had threatened to take her life before — and her daughter’s,” Dinah Baldwin said.
Knoeplfe and Dinah Baldwin said their baby sister was trapped. Seven and a half years later, Myers met another woman and moved out.
But that wasn’t the end for Esther Baldwin and Myers.
“Even though the abuser may move out, that is not the end,” Mixon said.
(emphasis mine in bold)
Also, they interviewed the killer’s daughter. But, I won’t post it here. You can read it here.
Words alone cannot describe the rage that still fills my body. Four women gone. Three families torn apart by this abusive misogynist.
My heart aches for the Baldwin and Brown families. My heart aches for the people in North Augusta, Big Cone Ridge, Taylor Pond, Rainbow Falls and Wagener. Most in the media will forget all about the heartache that you are all going through within four weeks. But, I won’t.
May Esther Baldwin, May and Tabitha Brown, and Angela Myers rest in peace. And may the abusive misogynist that gunned them down go to Purgatory where he rightfully belongs.