Most people are terrified of the idea of being killed by a serial killer or an armed robber, but in reality, most murders are committed by people known to the victims.
So when a Florida mom was found dead on the sidewalk, police immediately started talking to her family, friends, and coworkers to weed out any suspects. Once police discovered the stay-at-home mom was leading a scandalous double life, they immediately arrested her 44-year-old husband…
A Grisly Discovery
At around 5 in the morning on January 13, 2018, a 19-year-old teenager discovered a body lying on the pavement outside her home. Upon closer inspection, the teenager realized the woman was actually neighbor and that she was dead.
The 911 Call
The 19-year-old had been on her way to work at a fast-food restaurant but immediately called the police to report the disturbing discovery. According to the girl, the victim was naked apart from a sports bra and a phone was found nearby with a green bottle balanced on top of it…
The Stay-At-Home Mom
Police arrived to the scene shortly after the phone call, but it didn’t stop residents from coming out and looking at the body, which police identified as 42-year-old Kathleen (Kat), as it was normally such a quiet neighborhood.
According to neighbors, it appeared as if the crime scene may have been staged as the green bottle of absinthe was balancing perfectly on Kat’s phone and they couldn’t help but wonder if she had been attacked and if the predator was still on the loose…
The Police’s First Theory
Police assured the community that they would do everything in their power to find the person responsible for the death if someone had attacked Kat, although at the time, they believed the stay-at-home mother’s death was an accident.
The Victim’s Blood
Since a bottle of absinthe was found near Kat, police tested her blood and discovered her blood alcohol content was extremely high, which supported their theory that the 42-year-old possibly fell and hit her head on the ground…
A Strange Discovery
The detectives also had the bottle tested for DNA since since there was blood on it, and found that the blood belonged to Kat. However, when forensics tested the bottle for fingerprints, they found there was only 1 set of prints on the bottle and they belonged to Kat’s husband, Jeff West.
Retracing Kat’s Steps
Investigators decided that in order to figure out if Kat’s death was a drunken accident or a murder, they would have to figure out what happened earlier in the night of Friday, January 12, 2018. What they found, however, confused them even more…
The Date Night
If Jeff had been responsible for Kat’s death, they expected to find that the couple had a dysfunctional relationship. Yet police found that during the hours before Kat’s death, the couple had gone out for a fun date night together.
Just a few hours before Kat passed away, CCTV footage from R&R Wine and Liquor store showed the couple had come in together at around 9 that evening. The couple, from Calera, Alabama, had gone in and purchased a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey and the green bottle of Lucid absinthe found at the crime scene…
In the footage, the couple appear to be relaxed and laughing together. At 1 point, it appears that Jeff even playfully patted Kat’s butt. Police couldn’t understand why Jeff would have any motive to kill the woman he loved until they discovered that Kat had been leading a double life.
Kitty Kat West
Investigators discovered Kat had been leading a scandalous double life as an exhibisionist who called herself ‘Kitty Kat West’ to her clients online who paid her to post adult photos of herself on a subscription-based website…
Kat’s Online Persona
According to police, Kat’s instagram account had over 50,000 followers, and she would link to her adult website for those who wanted to see more. However, in order to see the adult content, people would have to sign up for a subscription that cost $15.99.
Once detectives found out the kind of things that Kat was doing and posting on social media and her website as ‘Kitty Kat West’, they assumed Jeff had killed Kat in a drunken rage after finding out that his wife was leading an x-rated secret life…
On February 22, 2018, the 44-year-old father of 2 was taken into custody and charged with the murder of his wife. Jeff, who was honorably discharged after 21 years of service in the U.S. Army and had been working as a college campus security guard, was placed in the Shelby County Jail.
An Innocent Man
However, Jeff insisted he hadn’t killed Kat and had known all about her secret life. The couple’s close friends even backed up his story, and claimed that he ‘got off’ on his wife’s double life. “In the upcoming days true facts will be coming out,” Jeff’s friend, Mike Waters, wrote on his Facebook at the end of January…
A United Front
“And everybody will find out that this was a terrible accident, that involved excessive alcohol consumption …. Absinthe,” Mike wrote. Both Jeff and Kat’s parents also believed the death was a tragic accident and testified in court to try and get Mike’s bail lowered since there was no way he could come up with that much money.
The Family Testifies
“He didn’t do this,” Kat’s mom, Nancy Martin, said. “He’s a good man. He loved her with all his heart.” According to Nancy, her daughter was an alcoholic and struggled with depression and bipolar disorder. “She didn’t drink a lot, but when she did she didn’t know how to stop.” Nancy testified that Kat ‘fell all the time’, and when she would get drunk, she would act recklessly by stripping off her clothes or jumping on the trampoline, which is why she believes her daughter took off her clothes, ran outside, and hit her head after fall…
A Terrible Accident
“Maybe she fell. I think it was an accident. Jeff didn’t do this. He’s a good man and he loved her with all of his heart,” Nancy said. Jeff’s mom, Carolyn West, also claimed he had known and didn’t have a problem with Kat’s online persona. “He wasn’t jealous, he knew she was sick and needed the attention,” Carolyn said. “She wanted everyone to think she was beautiful,” Nancy added.
Despite the family’s support and testimonies, the judge refused to lower Jeff’s bail, and he is forced to wait for his trial in the Shelby County Jail. “He is heartbroken over the death of his wife and the disruption that this case has caused his family. Mostly, he is concerned about his daughter and how the loss of her mother is affecting her,” attorney John Robbins said. “Jeff is a good man, a good husband, and a good father. When all is said and done, we anticipate a successful outcome of this case.”