Hello and welcome to A Murderess Affair, my name is Gabrielle and this is the podcast where we talk about women in history known for mayhem and murder. This week, we’re going to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday by talking about not one, not two, but three different women who have committed crimes on Christmas day.
Who knew that such a jolly holiday could be so violent, right?
I figured, since we’re only 4 days away from Christmas, I’d celebrate my own little way on this podcast and talk about crimes that are on the lighter side.
To make this even better, these aren’t even your typical crimes. No, these are three of the weirdest crimes that have been committed on Christmas day. We’re going to start with the least and work our way up to the most random and out there crime.
Our first crime is almost a meme, at this point. We’re talking about Jasmine Jackson, whose fight and subsequent arrest at a Waffle House was uploaded on video and now has over 4000 views.
It was a Waffle House on Raeford Road in Fayetteville, North Carolina at around 12:35 AM. And yes, I did watch the video.
It starts with a group of people circling around two others who are fighting together. There’s a lot of yelling and honestly it’s hard to tell what’s going on. As others try to pull them apart, you can see more and more people getting involved. At one point what looks like water or flour or something is dumped over the group of people.
Stuff gets absolutely trashed. People are throwing plates and overturning tables, knocking things off the shelves in the kitchen. At some point, enough people manage to push the group towards the door and get outside, and that’s where the video ends.
It’s honestly so chaotic, and hard to see what’s going on. In the end, Jasmine is found to be the aggressor, although it’s not listed at all what the fight is about or how it starts, which I’m actually really curious about. Jasmine is charged with property destruction, aggravated assault, and a misdemeanor drug charge for weed. Which, really, feels unnecessary considering all of the other charges. Like, come on.
And now onto our second Christmas crime. This time, we’re tackling a more domestic dispute, between Randi Young and her boyfriend, Heath Blom in New Hampshire, 2008. Although, I’m gonna be honest, I’m really more on Young’s side. See, apparently her boyfriend was pissed that he got a Wii instead of the remote controlled car that he’d asked for. He said so to her face, and she got rightly pissed about it, as I feel anyone would. So she got up to leave and he grabbed her by the hair. What even!?!? Ugh. That pisses me off.
So Randi did what anyone would do in that situation, she turned around and punched him. I guess it turned into a full fledged fight, and by the time police were called they were both bruised and busted up.
A judge ruled for them to stay away from each other and gave them a no-contact order. On a later appeal on Monday, where Young claimed that they’d just “had a bad Christmas”, the judge refused the appeal and actually wrote a court order for her to get a job within 21 days, and send in proof of applications to make sure she was doing it??
And that’s the end of that story. Honestly, this one pisses me off a little because Blom was definitely the aggressor here where he reached out and pulled Young back by her hair. Everything else after could be considered defense? I don’t know, that’s just my opinion anyway. Either way, this was a really toxic relationship that ultimately seemed to come to a head this Christmas.
And finally, we’ve got our last story of the day. For this one, we’re going to South Carolina on Christmas Day, 2008. Helen Ann Williams.
On Christmas Day, the 44 year old woman sent her husband to buy her some beer late that Tuesday night. But, all of the stores were closed, and he came home empty handed. He told his wife this, and then headed into the kitchen to make himself a sandwich. Turns out, he probably should have stuck around to see how furious she was about this.
In her rage, she grabbed a ceramic squirrel they had in the house, and smashed it over his head before stabbing him in the chest and arms with it.
He managed to escape and ran to a neighbors house around midnight to call the police. When they arrived during the early hours of the morning, the Charleston County Sheriff’s office reported that he was waiting outside, covered in blood.
Officers questioned Williams about this, and she told them that he tripped and fell, and that’s how he ended up getting the various cuts along with the large, deep gash from his left shoulder to his chest.
When asked, she didn’t have an explanation as to why her clothes and hands were also covered in blood.
She was put in jail that following Friday, where she was held on a $10,000 bond for charges of criminal domestic abuse. Her husband, the victim, was treated for non life threatening injuries and was able to recover.
Okay, crazy side story but this was not the final time that Williams would be arrested. In 2015, she was pled guilty for a fatal hit and run!
And those, are the ghosts of Christmases past.
For those of you who celebrate, I hope you all enjoy the holiday season. If you aren’t celebrating, then I hope you all are having a good week and staying safe and sane.